JPII, BA split second meeting


By Justin Jarrett


When the John Paul II girls visited Beaufort Academy in early January, it was the Golden Warriors’ first game after a four-week layoff for the holidays, and the Eagles caught them sleeping.

This time, it was BA who went through the motions in the first quarter, and the Eagles couldn’t claw out of an early 10-point hole in a 60-51 loss at JPII on Monday.

Brady Mahoney had 16 points, 20 rebounds, six blocks, and three steals, and Lily Termini added 12 points and 14 rebounds to lead JPII (15-3) to a bounceback win after being humbled by powerhouse Hilton Head Christian Academy on Friday.

Mike’Ala Washington scored 25 points and Tahleea Heyward added 20 for BA (11-9), which surged within six late in the game, but the rally fizzled when Washington left with an injury. Cayce Graves added 10 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, and Savannah Trott hit a trio of 3-pointers for JPII.

Dante Aiken had the hot hand from 3-point range early to keep JPII’s boys in it, but BA displayed its depth and ability to push the ball in transition to open up a comfortable halftime lead and cruised to a 52-39 win.

Braydon Dineen scored 14 points, and Gavin Midyette added 11 to lead BA (15-4), while Christian Tilton had 16 for JPII (2-17).

BA hosted Holy Trinity and John Paul II played at Patrick Henry on Tuesday.

Justin Jarrett is the sports editor of The Island News and the founder of LowcoSports.com. He was the sports editor of the Island Packet and the Beaufort Gazette for 6½ years. He has a passion for sports and community journalism and a questionable sense of humor.

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