Sarah Hayes can still play when given the chance.
During a halfcourt shooting contest at halftime of a Battery Creek High School boys basketball game, nobody could find the net. Hayes, a former Dolphins standout and Ivy League Player of the Year at Brown, walked to midcourt in her dress shoes and delighted the home crowd by dropping her first attempt.
Hayes swapped her sneakers for a clipboard after playing professionally for six years in Germany and now has a chance to lead her former team. She accepted the Battery Creek girls basketball head coaching job this week after assisting coach Bernadette Ulmer, who was fired earlier this month after four seasons.
Attempts to reach Hayes on Thursday were unsuccessful.
The Battery Creek girls reached the third round of the Class 2-A playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Bishop England. The Dolphins finished 11-3 in Region 6-AA to earn a No. 2 seed and a home playoff game.
The playoff run was the Dolphins' longest in Ulmer's four seasons as head coach.
Battery Creek lost to Bishop England in the second round of the 2013 playoffs, lost at Myrtle Beach in the first round in 2012 and in the first round to Crestwood in 2011.
Dolphins athletics director John Drafts said in an email last week the school's administration decided a change was needed and thanked Ulmer for her service as head coach and previous seasons as an assistant.
Hayes, who teaches history, was Battery Creek's valedictorian in 2002. She played at Brown University and professionally in Europe before assisting with the women's program at Carnegie Mellon and then returning to Beaufort.
Hayes was part of the first class inducted into the Battery Creek athletics hall of fame in 2013.
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