High School Sports

Battery Creek boys in typical region form, 49-39

Five new faces on the floor. A number of others on the bench, along with a new head coach.

Nothing about this season's Battery Creek boys basketball team is recognizable, other than the name on the front of the players' jerseys.

But the results are starting to look more and more familiar for the Dolphins, and they are beginning to shape a rebuilding year into a reloading one.

The Dolphins picked up another Region 7-AAA win with a 49-39 victory against Hilton Head High on Friday night. Battery Creek, which went undefeated in region play last season, has started 2-0 in the league this season despite a completely new starting five.

"Those guys set the tone (last year), and we're just trying to pick up where they left off," said Dolphins forward Terrell McWilliams, who scored a game-high 17 points Friday. "It's our job to keep this thing going."

The Dolphins closed out the first quarter on an 11-2 run and led for the remainder of the game, taking full advantage of a cold-shooting night from the Seahawks, who played the fourth quarter without guard Desmond Bush (left with ankle injury) and the final five minutes without center Michael Julian (fouled out).

Battery Creek led 19-13 at halftime after the defenses controlled the first half. Midway through the third quarter, however, the Dolphins gained an offensive rhythm while the Seahawks remained stagnant.

McWilliams scored eight of his 17 during a 20-12 scoring run in the second half.

"Everyone is fitting into their role and learning what their job is," McWilliams said. "We've all stepped up and turned our attention to winning the region."

The Seahawks' hopes of contending for the Region 7-AAA title took a hit with the loss. Hilton Head High, which lost to Cane Bay on Tuesday, fell to 0-2 in the region and has a tough trip to Lake Marion scheduled for Tuesday night.

"We're better than we're playing," Seahawks coach Ken Updike said. "I know that's easy to say, but being around these guys, they practice hard and they want to win. But they have to understand, there's nobody that's going to give them a win -- you have to come out and earn it."

HILTON HEAD HIGH (7-9, 0-2 Region 7-AAA) -- Michael Julian 10, Desmond Bush 9, Will McCarty 8, T.J. Clay 8, Kevin Champen 2, Shakane Simmons 2.

BATTERY CREEK (7-9, 2-0) -- Terrell McWilliams 17, Michael Robinson 8, Justice Oliver 7, Arnola Mahafee 7, Brent Johnson 5, Leroy Jannette 4, B.J. Garvin 4.

Hilton Head High girls 43, Battery Creek 36

At some point, Sabrina Drammis figures the slow starts will come back to haunt Hilton Head High. But for now, the Seahawks are finding a way to overcome them.

The Seahawks scored just three points in the opening quarter but outscored the Dolphins 25-17 in the second half to earn their second Region 7-AAA win.

"In our history, after long bus rides, we're kind of slow in the beginning of the game," Drammis said. "And we've had some tough games preceding this, so I think we're a little tired or worn out."

Drammis provided a bolt of energy.

Matched up against Battery Creek's Justice Hill -- who opened region play Wednesday against Berkeley with 11 points and 18 rebounds -- Drammis fired back a double-double night of her own with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Hill was injured twice in the game -- she did not return after a fourth-quarter knee injury -- and was limited to four points.

The Seahawks out-rebounded Battery Creek by nine and grabbed 17 offensive rebounds in the game, helping them overcome a sloppy offensive night that included 26 turnovers.

"(Seahawks coach Dave) Greenberg was telling us that boards would be critical because they have so many athletes," Drammis said. "We had to emphasize boxing out and rebounding."

Margo Dill scored 18 for the Seahawks, and Deija Cannon led the Dolphins with 13 points.

HILTON HEAD HIGH (15-1, 2-0 Region 7-AAA) -- Margo Dill 18, Sabrina Drammis 17, Shy Flemming 3, Lauryn Bush 2, Sara Manesiotis 2, Jamacia King 1.

BATTERY CREEK (7-8, 1-1) -- Deija Cannon 13, Rashidah Jones 10, Katrece Daniels 7, Justice Hill 4, Matalyn Dearsman 1, Gretchen Brown 1.