High School Sports

Seahawks suffer early exit

Hilton Head's Jamacia King, left, and Sabrina Drammis, right, battle for a rebound with Lakewood's Lexus Green during Monday night's first-round playoff game.
Hilton Head's Jamacia King, left, and Sabrina Drammis, right, battle for a rebound with Lakewood's Lexus Green during Monday night's first-round playoff game. Jay Karr/The Island Packet

A school record for wins. The third region title in program history.

Hilton Head High's girls basketball team accomplished more than anyone -- even its own players and coaches -- thought it would this season.

But it came to a screeching halt Monday night.

Lakewood upset the Seahawks, 42-38, in the first round of the Class 3-A playoffs, ending the Seahawks' magical season in their own gym. Hilton Head High finished 21-4.

"It's hard that it's over," Seahawks senior Margo Dill said. "We got off to a rough start. We were going a little too fast."

The Gators never trailed against the top-seeded Seahawks after opening the game on a 12-0 run in the first four minutes.

But it took all they had to fend off Hilton Head High, which made its best runs in the fourth quarter to cut the game to three points in the final minute. The Seahawks went on a late 11-2 run and looked as if they might pull off the magic they used all year -- they won nine regular-season games by 10 points or less -- but Ashley Gadson sealed Lakewood's win with a free throw with seven seconds left to prevent Hilton Head High a last-second opportunity to tie the game.

The Seahawks outscored Lakewood 36-27 after the first quarter.

"You can't fault the effort -- the kids played their hearts out," Seahawks coach Dave Greenberg said. "That's why we were successful all year. They gave it everything they had."

Lakewood proved too talented, too tall and simply too athletic.

The Gators finished fourth in Region 6-AAA, but Greenberg insisted the Seahawks expected a tough challenge -- and they got a tougher one than they could handle.

Four players scored least eight points for Lakewood (15-10), which was missing its second leading scorer, Briana Johnson, who has missed the past seven games with an ACL injury. Quiesha Brooks led the Gators with 13, and Lexus Green added 10.

"The start was the key to the whole game," Lakewood coach Terrence Scriven said. "We felt coming in here that we'd at least be able to compete. The girls seemed to want it tonight, and we came through with it."

Lakewood will travel to Dreher in the second round. Dreher defeated St. James, 51-46, on Monday.

The Seahawks' season ends as statistically one of the most successful -- if not the most successful -- in school history. The 21 wins marked a school record.

They will lose two seniors -- Dill, the team's leading scorer, and point guard Sara Manesiotis, who led the team in assists and steals.

Dill led the Seahawks with 13 on Monday, and Sabrina Drammis scored 10.

"We grew a lot as a team," Dill said. "We played great defense, and that carried us in most games. It was a rough start tonight, but we finished it strong. I'm proud."

LAKEWOOD (15-11) Quiesha Brooks 13, Lexus Green 10, Ashley Gadson 9, Alexandria Scriven 8, Janel Benbow 2.

HILTON HEAD HIGH (21-4) Margo Dill 13, Sabrina Drammis 10, Sara Manesiotis 6, Lauryn Bush 4, Tashawna Washington 2, Jamacia King 2, Shy Flemming 1.

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