Beaufort Academy’s Kamirah Freeman tries to maintain control of the ball and keep it away from John Paul II’s Brandy Mahoney during the first half of their non-region basketball game Thursday night at Beaufort Academy. The Lady Eagles went on to win the game, 41-37, to improve to 6-7. The Lady Golden Warriors suffered their second loss of the season, dropping to 7-2. Bob Sofaly/The Island News

BA sweeps JPII, Holy Trinity


It was another big week for Beaufort Academy’s basketball teams, which followed up their runs to the finals of the War Hawk Holiday Tournament with a perfect sweep, as both BA squads got out to 2-0 starts in region play and took down John Paul II.

BA’s girls handed JPII just its second loss of the season with a 41-37 home win Thursday and kept it rolling with a 59-30 win over Holy Trinity on Friday. The Eagles have won six of their last seven games, and senior Tahleea Heyward has been the driving force. Heyward hit the 1,000-point milestone in the championship game in Walterboro and she has continued her torrid clip, putting up 20 points in a defensive battle with JPII and pouring in 21 against the Mighty Lions.

Mike’Ala Washington added nine points to help BA hold off the Golden Warriors despite a huge game from Brady Mahoney, who racked up 14 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks. Cayce Graves added 10 points and six rebounds for JPII.

Beaufort Academy’s Te’Shaun Hayward sprints for the ball with John Paul II’s Austin Floyd in tow during the first half of their non-region game Thursday night at Beaufort Academy. The host Eagles won the game, 55-46, and improved to 4-3 while the struggling Golden Warriors dropped to 1-9.

Washington complemented Heyward’s 21 with a 14-point effort and Kamirah Freeman added 11 points against Holy Trinity, which was led by Eliza Gaillard’s 14 points.

The Eagles’ boys came out of the holiday break short-handed but still managed to stay on track, building a big lead and coasting to a 55-46 win over JPII. Braydon Dineen scored 19 points and Jaxen Porter added 10 to lead BA, while the Golden Warriors were buoyed by the return of Christian Tilton, who scored 19 points in his first action since breaking his hand in the football playoffs. Dante Aiken added 13 second-half points to lead a late charge from JPII.

BA made it six wins in seven games with a 43-28 win over the Mighty Lions despite a double-double from Levi Dyer with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks. Te’Shaun Heyward scored 16 points and Dineen added 13 to lead the Eagles.

BA was slated to host Hilton Head Prep on Wednesday.

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