High School Sports

Battery Creek, Hilton Head High set to square off in key region battle

Only one round down and still nine to go in Region 7-AAA basketball. But a couple things are already abundantly clear -- there is no clear-cut favorite on the boys side, and a wild season appears to be a certainty in the six-team region.

In the openers earlier this week, there was one overtime game, another with a 13-point fourth quarter comeback and another tightly contested game that finished with a five-point margin.

Round Two takes place tonight with a full slate of games -- Battery Creek hosts Hilton Head High, Bluffton travels to Cane Bay and Lake Marion goes to Berkeley.

Hilton Head High (7-8, 0-1) will be looking to rebound after blowing a 13-point lead in the final five minutes against Cane Bay on Tuesday night. The boys game at Battery Creek tips off at 7:30 p.m., with the girls game scheduled for 6.

"Every region game is important for us -- that's not going to change week to week," Seahawks coach Ken Updike said after the loss. "But the quicker we can put this behind us and rally, the quicker we can get back on the right track."

The Dolphins (6-9, 1-0) have proved to be a formidable opponent over the past two weeks, despite losing leading scorer Javari Albergottie to suspension in late December.

They opened region play with a 43-38 win at Berkeley on Wednesday night, adding to the confidence of a team that is learning to play as a unit. Terrell McWilliams led the Dolphins with 18 points.

"We have to continue to play with confidence and chemistry. That's been the key for the last two victories," Dolphins coach Antoine Youmans said. "We've done well in preaching our assists and playing together, and that's been key, as well."

The girls game between the Dolphins and Seahawks will provide a true measuring stick for a pair of teams that are off to 1-0 starts in Region 7-AAA.

The Seahawks are 14-1 overall following a come-from-behind victory against Cane Bay on Tuesday. Margo Dill leads the team in scoring with 16.4 points per game.

The Dolphins (7-7) defeated Berkeley, 41-38, on Wednesday behind an impressive effort from Justice Hill that included 11 points, 18 rebounds and five steals.

Today's games

Hilton Head High at Battery Creek, girls 6 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m.

Ashley Ridge at Beaufort High, 6 p.m. girls, 7:30 p.m. boys.

Bluffton at Cane Bay, girls 6 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m.

Bethune-Bowman at Whale Branch, girls 6 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m.

Hilton Head Christian at Pinewood Prep, girls 6:15 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m.

Hilton Head Prep at Northwood Academy, girls 6:30 p.m., boys 8 p.m.

Thomas Heyward at North Charleston, girls 6 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m.

Beaufort Academy at St. Paul's, boys 7 p.m.