Beaufort Academy’s Sully Gay (in pink uniform) grabs the rebound during the first half against visiting John Paul II on Friday, Feb. 11. The Eagles won the conference game, 53-47. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

BA boys top JPII, clinch region’s top spot


Beaufort Academy boys basketball blitzed John Paul II out of the gate and held off a second-half charge from the Golden Warriors for a 53-47 home win Friday to wrap up the SCISA Region 4-2A title and the region’s top seed in the SCISA 2A playoffs. 

BA bolted to an 11-0 lead to start the game and it was 30-13 at halftime before the Golden Warriors settled in on the road. JPII clawed back within seven going to the fourth but couldn’t close the gap. 

Senior Brandon Trapp drained four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points and five rebounds in 15 minutes, and freshman Amarion Wilson collected 11 points and 12 boards to lead the Eagles in a balanced effort. 

Sully Gay added 10 points and five boards, Timmy Horgan hit a pair of 3s to finish with eight points, and Braydon Dineen compiled seven points and four assists for BA. 

Christian Tilton led JPII with 18 points and five boards, and Mark Knight had 12 points, five assists, and three steals. 

BA girls hold off JPII in region rumble 

Beaufort Academy girls basketball bounced back from a humbling loss earlier in the week to close out the regular season with a 51-44 home win over John Paul II on Friday. 

The Eagles used a strong second quarter to open up a double-digit lead at halftime, but the Golden Warriors clawed back within one heading to the fourth. JPII scrapped to stay in it down the stretch, but Arianna Gonzalez scored a big bucket and drew a foul on BA’s last possession to seal it. 

John Paul II’s Brandy Mahoney looks to pass the ball under heavy pressure from Beaufort Academy’s Kamirah Freeman during the first half of their conference game Friday, Feb. 11, at Beaufort Academy. The host Lady Eagles won the game, which was tied several times, 51-44. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

Mike’Ala Washington led BA with a game-high 17 points, and Mary Hanna Hiers came up big on her Senior Night with several key buckets down the stretch to finish with 10 points. Tahleea Heyward and Kamirah Freeman each added eight points for the Eagles. 

JPII coach Karen Floyd was also pleased with her team’s play, as Maddie Heathcott collected nine points and 10 rebounds, going 7-for-10 from the line, and Brady Mahoney put up a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and six steals. Caroline Gilmour had her best game of the season for the Golden Warriors with nine points and five boards, Cayce Graves racked up eight points, nine rebounds, and four steals, and Gracie Henderson contributed seven points along with steady ball-handling and excellent defense. 

“Wow, what a game,” Floyd said. “BA came out swinging, but we did too. The girls played at a much higher level tonight and it was fun to watch.” 

BA (17-6, 6-2 SCISA 4-2A) now awaits its matchup in the SCISA 2A playoff bracket, while JPII (7-10, 4-4) was scheduled to play road games against the Coastal Hurricanes and Hilton Head Prep ahead of the postseason. 

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