VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL
Hilton Head Christian 79, Beaufort Academy 51: Four players scored in double figures for the Christian Academy, which took a 14-point lead at halftime and broke open the game in the third quarter by outscoring the visitors 26-12.
Chris Andrews and Kyle Weaver scored 12 points apiece, Connor Millen had 11 and Taylor MacDonald 10 for the Christian Academy (12-5). JaBrook Tucker added nine points, and Brad Meccariello had six points, six steals and four assists. C.J. Evanofski finished with six points, J.D. Meeder had five, and Zach Reynolds and Alex Martin added four. Reynolds also had six rebounds and Martin had five assists.
Preston Suber led Beaufort Academy (6-11) with 17 points and eight rebounds. Jordan Littleford had seven points, Jack Griffith had six points and four steals and Connor Akers had six points. Charles Sanford scored three and Leif Koppernaes rounded out the Eagles' scoring with two.
Beaufort Academy plays at Thomas Heyward on Friday, while the Christian Academy hosts Pinewood Prep.
Bethesda Day 74, Hilton Head Prep 63: A slow start doomed the Dolphins, as the visitors from Savannah raced out to a 37-18 lead by halftime and cruised home with the win.
"I was proud of our players' effort in the second half," Prep coach Rich Basirico said, "but we've got to play four quarters."
Matt Layman had 20 points and five assists for the Dolphins (12-7), and Alex Orford added 18 points and nine rebounds. George Hirsch chipped in with 12 points, while Patrick Andrews and Bo Strimpfel had eight rebounds apiece.
The Dolphins return to league play on Friday, traveling to Porter-Gaud for a key matchup in SCISAA Region 3-AAA.
Thomas Heyward 46, Cathedral Academy 25: Don Simmons had 13 points and eight rebounds, and JA Malphrus added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Rebels.
Logan Mock pitched in with 12 steals and seven points, J.D. Tuten had eight points and Ryan Day made five steals for Thomas Heyward (10-6 overall, 4-2 SCISAA Region 1-AA), which plays at Bible Baptist on Thursday.
Isaiah Williams and Trey Orr each had eight points for Cathedral Academy.
Ridgeland 77, Branchville 23: Eleven players scored, led by Darren Clark's 17 points, as the Jaguars cruised to an easy win in Region 5-A.
Derrick Solomon added 10 points, Torray Amlett had eight, and Jeremy Scott, Charles Mitchell, Tyrone Mikell and Tevin Stevenson all had seven. Scott also had a team-high seven assists.
Medicus Deloach finished with five points, Hamilton Harris had four, Jac'que Polite scored three and Devon Pollard had two for Ridgeland (11-7 overall, 7-2 region), which plays at Whale Branch on Friday.
Lake Marion at Battery Creek, postponed: Battery Creek's home girls and boys basketball games Tuesday with Lake Marion were postponed due to a leak in the gym roof.
The games will be made up Feb. 2. The girls will tip at 6 p.m. with the boys game to follow.
The Dolphins boys are 8-11 and 2-2 in Region 7-AAA after last week's loss at Bluffton. The Dolphins girls are 7-10 and 1-3 in region play.
During a tournament at Battery Creek earlier in the season, a leaky roof forced a game between Hilton Head Prep and Whale Branch into a smaller adjacent gym. Problems with that gym's clock caused confusion, and the seating in the smaller gym also would be an issue for a Battery Creek home game.
VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL
Hilton Head Christian 35, Beaufort Academy 21: Becky Woods scored 12 points and had six steals to help Hilton Head Christian break a long losing streak.
"The girls played a really nice game, effortwise and executionwise," Christian Academy coach Tommy Lewis said. "It was good that our girls could finally get rewarded for all their hard work."
Jaden Colella contributed eight points and Kelly Humes scored five for the Christian Academy (2-16) in the non-region matchup. Reilly Malphrus had a team-high eight rebounds, and Jessica Day added five rebounds and two steals. Audrey Bensch dished out four assists.
Katherine Neal led Beaufort Academy with seven points, while Charlotte Delfosse added five and Megan Kahn had four. The Eagles (11-6) were coming off nine-point win over Andrew Jackson a night earlier.
"They played a very aggressive defense and we were tired, and that's a difficult combination," Beaufort Academy coach Jay Gardner said.
Hilton Head Christian faces Pinewood Prep on Friday, while Beaufort Academy meets Thomas Heyward.
Thomas Heyward 71, Cathedral Academy 16: The Rebels had their way, holding Cathedral Academy without a shot until the first-quarter buzzer and leading 46-4 at halftime.
Brielle Jungblut led Thomas Heyward with 14 points, six steals and three assists. Jamie Malphrus added 14 points and seven steals, and Caitlyn Cooler had 10 points, 10 steals and seven assists. Kayla Canavan also reached double digits, scoring 11 points for the Rebels (12-4 overall, 4-1 SCISAA Region 1-AA).
Brianna Kelnhoffer added seven points, Lanie Bryant scored six, Ashlie Layman had five and Taylor Ernestine four. Layman also had five steals and two assists.
The Rebels play Bible Baptist on Thursday.
Allendale-Fairfax 61, Whale Branch 40: Kenyada Moultrie had 15 points, the only Warrriors players to score in double figures.
Whale Branch fell to 4-10 overall and 3-5 in Region 5-A.
The Warriors host Ridgeland on Friday.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL