Bobcats hand Eagles heart-breaking losses

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Beaufortís Desmond Gaillard, left, gets fouled while driving to the basket by Blufftonís Lee Kirland during the fast-paced first half Friday night at BHS. The Eagles lost to the Bobcats in double overtime 63-61. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

Beaufort High’s basketball teams lost a pair of close games to visiting Bluffton in Region 7-4A play Friday night. 

Bluffton’s girls picked up their first region win with a 46-43 win over the Eagles, as Tatyana Aiken collected 22 points, nine rebounds, and eight steals to lead the Bobcats, while Cassandra Gray added eight points and Kayleigh Washington had six points and seven rebounds.

Brittany Linton scored 13 points and Darien Watkins added 12 to lead the Eagles. It was the third consecutive loss for the Eagles (13-7, 1-2), who suffered a 38-34 defeat at Ridgeland-Hardeeville on Tuesday, Jan. 22. 

Bluffton’s boys also won a thriller, edging the Eagles 63-61 in double overtime. 

Lee Kirkland posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, Jatelvyan Mosely scored 14 points, Eric Eastham added 13, and Donovan Raines had 10 to lead the Bobcats.

Trae Heyward scored 21 points, Oliver Holmes added 19, and Desmond Gaillard had 10 for Beaufort.

Both Beaufort teams host Colleton County for a region matchup Friday. 

The Eagles (9-13, 1-2) also lost 74-36 at Ridgeland-Hardeeville on Tuesday, Jan. 22, as Holmes scored eight points and Heyward added seven.

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