Warriors stay hot going into postseason

Whale Branch boys basketball rolled into the postseason with a 59-48 win at Charleston Math & Science on Wednesday, the Warriors’ third straight win and their sixth in seven games to close out the regular-season slate.

AJ Singleton scored 18 points and Jashaun Gillison added 13 to lead the way for the Warriors. Quintillion Fields contributed eight points, and Keith Chisholm had seven.

Onarae Grant scored 22 points and Thomas Tillman had 10 for the Riptide.

Whale Branch (16-7, 12-2) will be the No. 2 seed from Region 7-1A and host a first-round game in the Class 1A playoffs on Feb. 17.

WB wraps up regular season with blowout win

Whale Branch girls basketball wrapped up the regular season with a dominant road win Wednesday, routing Charleston Math & Science 55-9.

It was a six-point game after the first quarter, but the Warriors outscored the Riptide 21-0 in the second quarter to break it open and coasted to the finish.

Kynew Barnwell scored 24 points to lead the way for Whale Branch, while Kiana Smashum added 10, and Erin Rivers contributed eight.

Whale Branch (18-7, 11-3) will begin the Class 1A playoffs on Wednesday.

Dolphins crush Cougars to close regular season

Battery Creek girls basketball wrapped up the regular season with a dominant road win Tuesday, routing North Charleston 60-26.

The Dolphins played exemplary basketball on both ends of the court, taking a 22-10 lead after one period before doubling up the Cougars 34-17 at halftime. Battery Creek’s defense locked down its opponents in the second half, allowing just four points in the third quarter and five in the fourth as the Dolphins cruised to victory.

Ashante Shaw led a fantastic all-around effort, scoring 18 points while grabbing 13 rebounds. Kiara Wilson also notched a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards, and Amari Daise added nine points.

Battery Creek (10-12, 6-4) has secured the No.3 seed in Region 8-3A and will play at the Region 6 runner-up in the first round of the SCHSL 3A playoffs on Feb. 17.

Eagles flip script, split with Cougars

Beaufort High girls basketball held off a furious fourth-quarter rally from visiting Colleton County on Tuesday to come away with a 47-44 home victory on Senior Night.

The Eagles took control early on, playing terrific defense while building a 22-14 halftime lead. Beaufort pushed the margin out to 13 going to the fourth, but the Cougars came roaring back before their rally fell short.

Quinn Wilson and Jakaylah Webb scored 11 points each and Jayla Daise added nine to lead the Eagles, who avenged a 52-45 loss at Colleton County. Makayla Chisolm scored 17 points and Shandi Brown had 13 to lead the Cougars.

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