VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL
Hilton Head Prep 47, Pinewood Prep 45: Bo Strimpfel's putback at the buzzer gave the Dolphins payback against Pinewood, returning the favor for the Panthers' buzzer-beater earlier this season at Fraser Field House.
Pinewood Prep -- the first-place team in SCISAA Region 3-AAA -- tied the score at 45 with 27 seconds remaining. Hilton Head Prep held for the final shot, with Matt Layman driving toward the basket. His shot missed, but there was just enough time left for Strimpfel to grab the offensive rebound and put it through for the winner.
"It was a great win for our program," Hilton Head Prep coach Rich Basirico said. "Our defense won the game. It was a tremendous effort by our kids."
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Hilton Head Prep (16-8 overall, 5-3 region) found itself down 13 points at halftime, but used its defense to quickly turn the tables on the five-time defending state champs. The Dolphins held the home team scoreless for the opening 11 minutes of the second half and outscored Pinewood 17-0 in the third quarter.
Layman finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Dolphins. Patrick Andrews also had a double-double, tallying 11 points and 11 rebounds. Dimitri Lowry added 11 points, three assists and three steals, and Strimpfel finished with eight points and seven rebounds for the Dolphins, who wrap up their regular season on Tuesday with a non-region home game against Bible Baptist.
Pinewood Prep (19-10, 5-2) was led by Drew Williams' 20 points. Leading scorer Keith Pinckney was held to just three points.
Lake Marion 75, Battery Creek 52: The Dolphins slipped to the No. 3 playoff seed from Region 7-AAA with a lopsided road loss to the region champion Gators.
Battery Creek trailed by 14 at half and cut it to seven at one point in the second half, but Lake Marion shot well from 3-point range to pull away.
The Dolphins (11-13 overall, 6-4 in Region 7-AAA) will open the Class 3-A playoffs on the road Tuesday.
Beaufort Academy 14, St. Paul's 12: Preston Suber sank the game-winning jumper to lift Beaufort Academy in a game in which St. Paul's employed a four-corners, slowdown offense beginning early in the opening quarter.
"It played into our hands," Eagles coach Chip Dinkins said of the stalling. "It kept us out of foul trouble and rested for the end of the game."
Suber finished with four points and three rebounds. Patrick Walker (3), Jack Griffith (3), Leif Koppernaes (2) and Jordan Littleford also scored for the hosts, who finished regular season play 8-15 overall and 5-9 in Region 1-AA.
Charleston Collegiate 79, Thomas Heyward 35: R.J. Gibbs scored 22 points to lead Charleston Collegiate to a convincing win. JA Malphrus scored 10 points, and Don Simmons added seven to lead the Rebels, who have lost five straight.
Amar Patel added five points, Logan Mock had four, and J.D. Tuten, Taylor Cowart and Will Richardson scored three apiece for Thomas Heyward.
The Rebels (12-11 overall, 6-7 in SCISAA Region 1-AA) close the regular season at home against St. Andrew's on Tuesday.
VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL
Pinewood Prep 56, Hilton Head Prep 44: Hilton Head Prep kept it close, but poor shooting hurt the Dolphins down the stretch, and they suffered their fourth SCISAA Region 3-AAA loss.
"We played well enough to win," Dolphins coach Bob Sulek said. "We couldn't score. We must have had 25 shots, 35 shots, from one foot away and probably missed 15, 18 of them."
The game was tied at 20 at halftime, and Prep trailed by five going into the fourth quarter, but the Dolphins couldn't close the gap despite forcing 22 turnovers.
Jill Brunori had 20 points, nine rebounds and four steals, and Kate Brunori posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds for Hilton Head Prep. Jamese Franklin had five points and 11 rebounds, and Kathleen Blum returned from a back injury to add six points, seven assists and two steals.
Shelby Brochetti scored 20 points to lead Pinewood, which remained undefeated in region play going into Tuesday's regular-season finale at Northwood Academy.
The Dolphins (22-5 overall, 6-4 in SCISAA Region 3-AAA) wrap up the regular season with a non-region home game against Bible Baptist on Tuesday, then await their seed for the playoffs, which begin next Friday.
Lake Marion 51, Battery Creek 50: The Dolphins fell despite placing three scorers in double figures.
Battery Creek's Deija Cannon had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Justice Hill contributed 14 points and eight rebounds and Katrece Daniels rang up 11 points and six boards. Rashidah Jones topped six points with 11 rebounds.
Thomas Heyward 49, Charleston Collegiate 29: Kayla Canavan scored 16 points despite being saddled with foul trouble for most of the first half, and Jamie Malphrus added 11 points to help the Rebels cruise to an easy win despite playing without starters Ashlie Layman and Caitlyn Cooler.
Brielle Jungblut had six points and six steals, Taylor Ernestine added six points, and Brianna Kelnhofer and Chandler Cook scored five points apiece off the bench for the Rebels. Cook also had six steals.
Layman was lost for the season with a ruptured tendon in her thumb, and Cooler twisted her ankle two minutes into game, leaving the Rebels short-handed.
The Rebels (17-5, 9-2 in SCISAA Region 1-AA) close the regular season at home Tuesday against St. Andrew's.