Heathwood Hall and its star player, A'ja Wilson, proved to be too much for the Hilton Head Christian Academy girls basketball team to overcome, as the Eagles were defeated, 76-33, on Friday in the SCISAA Class 3-A semifinals in Sumter.
"We knew it was going to be an uphill battle and the girls competed hard all the way," Christian Academy coach Kenny Conroy said.
Wilson, regarded by some as the top player in the country, finished with 36 points. The Highlanders (22-4) will meet Northwood Academy in the state final on Saturday in a matchup that features standouts Wilson and Amber Campbell.
"We just couldn't match their size and their strength inside," Conroy said. "A'ja just had her way inside."
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"Heathwood Hall is very, very good, and she is the player that everyone describes her to be," he added. "About the only thing she did wrong was she missed a dunk."
Heathwood Hall led 24-14 after one quarter and 40-20 at halftime. The Highlanders continued to extend the lead from there.
"Their coach said that was the best they've shot all year," Conroy said.
Macee Tamminen hit five 3-pointers and led Hilton Head Christian with 15 points. Monica Bundy added three more 3-pointers for nine points. Francesca Guidobono finished with four points, Ziaira Doe had two and Bria McCarthy scored one for the Eagles (20-5).
Guidobono, Audrey Bensch and Alexis Evanofski are the only seniors the Eagles will lose off this year's team, which suffered three of its five losses to the state finalists, Heathwood Hall and Northwood.