Sharks slow down Eagles again, earn third shot at Bobcats

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Bob Sofaly photo Beaufort’s Jakala Webb, left, has the ball wrestled loose from her by May River’s Morgan Scott during the second round of the Region 7, Class 4-A basketball tournament Monday night at May River.

By Justin Jarrett

May River’s swarming Sharks were determined to prove Monday night that their defensive effort in last week’s win over Beaufort High was no fluke. And freshman Morgan Scott continues to prove she’s the real deal.

The Sharks again limited the damage done by Eagles star Layla Warren, and Scott poured in 18 points in a dominant performance in the post, propelling May River to a 36-30 victory and a rematch with rival Bluffton in the Region 7-4A tournament championship at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Bobcat Den.

Warren got a shot in early with an and-one, but Ki’Ayisa Moultrie’s 3-pointer was the Eagles’ only other field goal in a first quarter that ended with a 7-6 May River advantage. After the teams combined for only four field goals in the first quarter, they managed just five in the second, but Charlotte Van Den Heuvel got to the line and knocked down four free throws in the period to help the Sharks extend the lead to 18-10 at halftime.

Scott took over in the second half, showing off her post moves and her power to fight through double teams and either finish or get to the foul line. She scored seven points in the third quarter as the lead ballooned to 29-18, then scored five more in the fourth to help hold off Warren and the Eagles.

Warren scored five points in the fourth, including her only triple of the night, but it was too late for the Eagles to close the gap. After holding the senior star to seven points last week, the Sharks limited her to 10 on Wednesday — nearly 10 full points below her season average. She scored 28 in the intervening game against Colleton County, and her previous season-low was 13.

Sophomore point guard Macey Dowe was the primary catalyst in shutting down Warren and has run the offense effectively since taking on a larger role due to Ari Bevan’s injury. Dowe didn’t score Monday, but she was instrumental to the Sharks earning a third shot at the Bobcats.

The Eagles started the tournament with a 55-42 win over visiting Colleton County in the first round Friday.

Warren bounced back from her lowest-scoring output of the season to put up 28 points, six rebounds, and eight steals in a monster effort for the Eagles, who now await their fate as an at-large playoff candidate.

Above: Beaufort’s Jakala Webb, left, has the ball wrestled loose from her by May River’s Morgan Scott during the second round of the Region 7-4A basketball tournament Monday night at May River. The Sharks eliminated the Eagles, 36-30. Photo by Bob Sofaly

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