Beaufort point guard Quinn Wilson puts up another two points against Hanahan during the first half of their Region 8-3A game Friday night at Beaufort High School. The Lady Eagles narrowly escaped overtime with the Lady Hawks and managed to win, 39-36. The Lady Eagles improved their record to 7-8 overall and 2-2 in region play. The next home game will be against the Lady Dophins from Battery Creek High School on Friday, Jan. 27. Game time is 6 p.m. Bob Sofaly/The Island News

Eagles take two from Hanahan

Wilson wills Beaufort girls to region win 

She’s going to play soccer at the next level, but Quinn Wilson was a baller Friday night. 

The future Georgia Southern goalkeeper collected 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals along with a huge blocked shot that helped Beaufort High’s girls basketball team hang on for a 39-36 home win over Region 8-3A rival Hanahan. 

The Hawks clawed an eight-point Beaufort lead down to two with 22 seconds left, and after Riley Brozek hit the first of two free throws, they got a clear look at a 3-pointer for the tie before Wilson closed out and stuffed it. Hanahan got two more looks but couldn’t convert. 

Beaufort jumped out to an early lead before Hanahan hit an 11-0 spurt to open a seven-point advantage. Wilson stopped the bleeding with a 3-pointer that set off a nine-point spurt to put the Eagles up by two at halftime. 

It was tied at 22 late in the third quarter when Makayla Simmons came up with a steal and went coast-to-coast and followed buckets from Wilson and Anaiya Houseal with a baseline jumper to cap an 8-0 run that put Beaufort on top for good. 

Beaufort (7-8, 2-2) was back in action Tuesday at Philip Simmons. 

Backcourt buoys Beaufort boys in region race 

Beaufort High’s boys basketball team dominated in the paint in Friday’s 59-36 home win over Hanahan, but it wasn’t the usual suspects doing all the damage. 

Beaufort’s Sully Gay makes what appears to be a routine layup against Hanahan on Friday night at Beaufort High School. The host Eagles went on to defeat the Hawks, 59-36, and improved their record to 6-9, 3-1 in Region 8-3A play. The Eagles’ next home game will be Friday night, Jan. 27, against crosstown rival Battery Creek Dolphins. Bob Sofaly/The Island News

Sure, big man Michael Dennison put up nine points and pulled down 14 rebounds in what has become a pedestrian output for the all-state star, and Sully Gay got his 12, but the Eagles’ unheralded backcourt caused havoc, too. 

State championship quarterback Samari Bonds scored 14 points largely off six steals and added seven rebounds and four assists in a game-changing effort, and Arthur Singleton went 3-for-5 from 3-point range to add 13 points as Beaufort turned a five-point halftime lead into a rout. 

McLeod Reichel also had a solid all-around game for the Eagles with four points, six rebounds, and six assists. 

Beaufort (6-11, 3-1) was set to play Tuesday at Philip Simmons, which handed the Eagles their only region loss, 48-43 on Jan. 6. 

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