Beaufort Academy’s basketball teams have emerged as SCISA Class 2A contenders and remain unbeaten in region play, but the Eagles ran into a pair of SCISA Class 3A contenders Monday when Hilton Head Christian Academy paid a visit.
The host Eagles caught the visiting Eagles flat-footed at the jump, as Braydon Dineen and Te’Shaun Heyward sparked BA to an early 12-5 lead, but HHCA heated up and closed the first quarter on a 14-0 run and led the rest of the way to a 64-48 win.
Dineen had 12 points, six rebounds, and three assists, Heyward added 12 points, five assists, and three steals, and Zeke Gonzalez scored 12 points to lead BA (10-5), which hosts winless Colleton Prep in a mismatch Friday.
HHCA’s juggernaut girls team dominated for three quarters before emptying the bench to allow BA to bring it back to a respectable 74-57 margin thanks to 31 points from Mike’Ala Washington and 18 from Tahleea Heyward, who recently announced her commitment to play at Coker College.
Morgan Scott (24 points, 15 rebounds) and Abby Peduzzi (16 points, 20 rebounds) each posted double-doubles for HHCA (19-1), which exploited its advantage in the post. Jai’da Grayson added 17 points and four assists, and Tamya Hutchinson had 16 points, seven boards, and five assists.
BA (10-8) looks to stay perfect in region play at home Friday against Colleton Prep.
Hilton Head Christian Academy’s Isaiah Anderson turns to the inside to get around Beaufort Academy’s Gavin Midyette during the first half of their non-conference basketball game at Beaufort Academy on Monday night. The HHCA Eagles went on to win the game, 64-48, over their host and improved to 7-1. The BA Eagles dropped to 9-4. Bob Sofaly/The Island News
HHCA 74, BA 57
HHCA (19-1): Morgan Scott 24 pts, 15 rebs, 3 blks; Jai’da Grayson 17 pts, 4 asts; Abby Peduzzi 16 pts, 20 rebs; Tamya Hutchinson 16 pts, 7 rebs, 5 asts, 3 stls
BA (10-8): Mike’Ala Washington 31 pts, Tahleea Heyward 18 pts
HHCA 64, BA 48
HHCA (17-2): Isaiah Anderson 16 pts, 12 rebs; Qayden Turner 14 pts, 12 rebs, 3 asts; Wells Sharp 14 pts, 8 asts; Harrison Skinner 11 pts, 4 rebs
BA (10-5): Braydon Dineen 12 pts, 6 rebs, 3 asts; Zeke Gonzalez 12 pts; Te’Shaun Heyward 12 pts, 5 asts, 3 stls