Dave Greenberg admittedly had trouble sleeping Tuesday night.
The Hilton Head Island High School girls basketball team left its gym that night a 58-53 loser in triple-overtime to South Effingham. But there were a handful of plays to be had, Greenberg thought, that could have kept Hilton Head High unbeaten.
"I didn't sleep much," he said. "Anytime you play that close of a game, you always say there's things you could have done differently."
He probably slept well Saturday. His Seahawks got back on the winning side of things with a 53-28 romp over Beaufort High, giving the 10th-year coach an opportunity to empty his young bench while working on new things, primarily the zone defense it employed late in the fourth quarter.
"It's great to be able to play everybody," he said. "These kids who have been working all year and are getting better. Let them get a shot. A couple of them got in the book, which was very nice."
It was still the usual band of suspects that led the way, however. Americal Jenkins poured in a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds, but it was the efficient play of guards Savannah Reier and Tiffany Banks that highlighted the night.
Reier finished with 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and zero turnovers while Banks, a Bluffton transfer, finished with eight points off the bench and six steals.
"I think we're playing more as a team this year," Reier said. "When you have kids that know how to play basketball, it's helping the whole team. If you go hard against those kids that don't know the game as well, then everyone is getting better. I think that's what's happening."
Reier slept well Tuesday, she said. The point guard prefers playing those competitive matchups with bigger teams more than the 25-point victory Hilton Head High earned Saturday, she said. But she and the Seahawks weren't complaining with the latest win, their third in four attempts to start the season.
"It's different coming from Bluffton," Banks said. "I think I've come onto a pretty good team. I think I've (contributed) and think I (still) can."
Greenberg has seen the strides Hilton Head High has made in recent weeks, which he hopes will continue as the Seahawks embark on an eight-game stretch in a two-week span.
More performances like Saturday will make that grind easier. And maybe Greenberg's sleeping patterns, too.
Hilton Head High girls 53, Beaufort High 28
Beaufort High (2-3) -- Regina Bolden 6, Aaliyah Smalls 4, Jasmine Wallace 4, Lilly Allen 3, Amber Britton 2, Nasaia Moyd 2, Mattie Hibbs 2, Kaitline Hamilton 2, Brittany Whitmore 2, Ramone Dagin 1
Hilton Head High (3-1) -- Americal Jenkins 16, Savannah Reier 12, Tiffany Banks 8, Lauryn Bush 7, Rachel Friend 4, Brennan O'Gorman 3, Shealyn Jenkins 2, Arantza Macarena 1
Beaufort High boys 56, Hilton Head High 31
Bruce Beasley came to Hilton Head High with a checklist in tow. The Beaufort High coach wanted to see his Eagles pick up their hustle, win more 50-50 balls and do a better job of protecting the basketball.
Beaufort High struggled in all three phases in Friday night's 52-42 setback to rival Battery Creek. So the Eagles came out Saturday night with a vengeance, hoping a big win would erase the sting of their first loss of the season.
Beaufort High did just that, cruising past the Seahawks 56-31 in a game that was never close. The Eagles used a stifling defense to force a bevy of Hilton Head High turnovers, which led to easy buckets in transition for the athletic Eagles.
"I saw improvement defensively," Beasley said. "Last night we weren't consistent enough defensively."
Kendrick Colvin led the way with a game-high 22 points after a 17-point performance Friday night. He riled up the crowd with a handful of athletic buckets at the rim, beginning with an alley-oop from teammate Jawan Mack in the first quarter before adding a pair of dunks in the third, including a one-handed slam that gave Beaufort High a 25-point edge.
"Kendrick is a special talent," Beasley said. "(But) he's going to have to become more consistent and play smarter. That was one of the main things last night. We didn't play smart at all."
Beaufort High (4-1) -- Kendrick Colvin 22, Adonis Grant 15, Jawan Mack 5, Devin Stedman 5, Marlon Gray 4, Darryl Owens 3, Lamont Fripp 2
Hilton Head High (0-4) -- Aaron Frazier 14, Troy Clifford 6, Tate Steinour 5, Bryce Singleton 4, Malik Singleton 2