Beaufort High School’s return to relevance in girls basketball continues Monday when the Eagles play at Midland Valley at 7 p.m. in the first round of the Class 3-A playoffs.
The Eagles, led by junior guard/forward Imari Smalls (12.5 points per game) and junior guard Naijuia Moyd (9.8 points), finished the season 17-7, 5-5 in 8-AAA, good enough for the third seed from the region.
Coming into the year, there was little reason to expect much from the Eagles.
Beaufort was 4-19 overall and 0-10 in Region 8-AAA last season, ending the season on a 13-game losing streak. The Eagles also were 4-19 and 0-10 in region play — at the Class 4-A level — two seasons ago in Reggie Jones’ first season as head coach.
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They were 1-22 overall and 0-10 in their region three seasons ago.
When the Eagles upset No. 8 Stall in January, they snapped a 32-game losing streak in conference play.
“The ladies just put in hard work all summer long,” Jones said after the win over Stall. “We just started believing in each other, and that’s what did it for us to turn it around.
“We’re not quite there yet, but we’re on our way.”
Hilton Head Christian 63, Bible Baptist 33: Zi Doe scored 34 points and Jossie Frazier added 18 as the Eagles (19-6, 8-1) cruised on the road Friday.
The Eagles host Thomas Heyward Academy at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Hilton Head Prep 29, St. Andrew’s 22: The Dolphins hosted St. Andrews in a region matchup Friday night in the last regular-season game and Senior Night.
Prep's only senior, Maddie McDonald, was honored after the game. The Dolphins (10-12, 3-7) were led by Catherine Sheehan with 19 points.
Hilton Head Prep 48, St. Andrew’s 27: The Dolphins (10-10) led from beginning to end on Senior Night.
Prep was led by Mac Orie’s 16 points and 10 rebounds. Preston MacTavish scored nine, and Josh Polk
Area playoff basketball schedule
Admission for all games is $6
Class 3-A: (3) Beaufort at (2) Midland Valley, 7 p.m.
Class 3-A: (4) Aiken at (1) Beaufort, 7 p.m.
Class 2-A: (4) Academic Magnet at (1) Ridgeland-Hardeeville, 7 p.m.
Class 2-A: (4) Edisto at (1 Battery Creek, 7 p.m.
Class 2-A: (3) Whale Branch at Wade Hampton, 7 p..m.
Class 4-A: (3) Bluffton at Carolina Forest, 7 p.m.
Class 2-A: (4) Whale Branch at (1) Ridgeland-Hardeeville, 7 p.m.
Class 2-A: (4) Wade Hampton at (1) Battery Creek, 7 p.m.