After leading 22-19 at halftime, the Crestwood High School girls basketball team watched Hilton Head Island High score the first five points of the second half to go up 24-22 in their 3-A state playoff third-round game on Tuesday in Sumter.
After a fourth turnover in less than three minutes, Knights head coach Tony Wilson had watched enough and called a time-out. The Knights came out of the time-out in a 2-3 half-court trap and completely flummoxed the Seahawks as they ran away to a 55-31 victory and a spot in the Lower State Championship.
"We were wanting to mix things up a bit, and we went to it because we thought they might not be ready for it," Wilson said.
Hilton Head High's response indicated it was caught off guard. The Seahawks (18-9) made 14 turnovers after Crestwood's defensive switch.
It immediately yielded three straight turnovers that resulted in a layup by Tyana Saunders and a 3-point play and another layup by Cawasha Ceasar. That turned a two-point Crestwood deficit into a 29-24 advantage in less than a minute.
Hilton Head High head coach Dave Greenberg said the Knights didn't throw anything at his team for which it had not prepared.
"They called time-out, made a change and we let it bother us," Greenberg said. "It just got away from us. It wasn't because of a lack of effort. They're a good team and athletic with nice size. Bu we were right there with 12 minutes to go."
Hilton Head High managed to stay within 35-28 heading into the final stanza, but the Seahawks were outscored 20-3 in the fourth quarter.
Lauryn Bush led the Seahawks with 11 points and three assists. Rachel Friend added eight points. All-State honoree Americal Jenkins was held to six points to go with her 10 rebounds and five steals. Savannah Reier led Hilton Head High with four assists.
Ceasar finished with a game high 28 for Crestwood, which will face Orangeburg-Wilkinson at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Florence Civic Center.
"The positive is these kids got to experience a lot, and hopefully, it will motivate them for next year. They'll work harder to get better," Greenberg said. "I'm really happy with the effort. They gave us all they had to give. That's all we can ask for."