Sports briefs for December 15th-21st

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WOMEN’S COLLEGE TENNIS 

Haley Carter leads USA to victory 

North Carolina senior Hayley Carter (Hilton Head Island), Ohio State sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo (New Albany, Ohio) and Georgia Tech junior Christopher Eubanks (Atlanta) each won singles matches on Dec. 4, leading the United States to a 4-1 victory over Russia in the Master’U BNP Paribas Finals in Marcq-En-Barouel, France – the United States’ sixth consecutive title in the international collegiate team competition.

Carter and UCLA freshman Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) won in women’s doubles to clinch the United States’ seventh Master’U championship in the last eight years.

Carter, the top-ranked collegiate women’s singles player, went 3-0 in singles, 3-0 in doubles, with Shibahara, and 1-0 in mixed doubles as the U.S. team, which also featured Stanford junior and two-time Master’U champion Tom Fawcett (Winnetka, Ill.) and Northwestern senior Strong Kirchheimer (Cary, N.C.), beat Ireland in the quarterfinals, Germany in the semifinals and Russia in Sunday’s title match. Di Lorenzo also went 3-0 in singles, while Eubanks went 2-0.

Each match consisted of two men’s and two women’s singles matches, one women’s and one men’s doubles match and a mixed doubles match.

BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Eagles beat rival Whale Branch

Beaufort High pulled away to beat visiting rival Whale Branch 47-43 in a varsity boys’ high school basketball game on Dec. 6.

With the win, Beaufort High moved to 3-0.

Matt Garay and Kendrick  Dopson paced the Eagles with 12 points each.

Kenny Brown led Whale Branch with a game-high 22 points in the loss.

Whale Branch managed to beat Beaufort High 40-38 in the junior varsity game. More on the JV matchup follows.

Junior Varsity – Whale Branch 40, Beaufort High 28: Whale Branch pulled away to beat Beaufort High 40-28 in a junior varsity boys’ high school basketball game on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Beaufort High slipped to 2-1 with the loss.

Brandon Smalls was the only Beaufort High player to reach double figures in the junior varsity boys’ basketball game, scoring 12 points.

Foul trouble plagues John Paul II in loss

Bethesda Academy pulled away to beat host John Paul II 65-39 in an early-season boys’ high school basketball game on Dec. 9.

Foul trouble hindered John Paul II’s progress during the contest.

John Paul II suffered its first loss in the young 2016-17 season.

With the loss, the Golden Warriors dropped to 6-1.

John Paul II boasts victories over Henry Academy, Colleton Prep Academy, Thomas Heyward Academy, Dorchester Academy and The Habersham School thus far in the 2016-17 season.

The Golden Warriors faced a deficit at the conclusion of each quarter. Bethesda Academy edged John Paul II 11-8 in the first quarter then used an 18-5 scoring advantage in the second period to lead 29-13 at halftime.

Determined Bethesda Academy remained ahead throughout the second half, outscoring John Paul II 20-11 in the fourth quarter to finish strong.

Numerous players stepped up for Bethesda Academy in the winning effort. James Moore led a balanced Bethesda Academy offensive attack with 19 points.

Jadon Jenkins joined Moore in double figures for Bethesda Academy, posting 14 points.

Rashad Battiste paced the Golden Warriors with a double-double, scoring 26 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Battiste led all players in both scoring and rebounding.

Beaufort Academy drops one-point decision 

Visiting Beaufort Academy fell short in its bid to knock off St. Andrew’s on the road late in an early-season boys’ high school basketball game last week. Homestanding St. Andrew’s thanks to a layup from Seth Hansberry, fended off Beaufort Academy by edging the Eagles 47-46. Beaufort Academy missed a pair of scoring opportunities with under 32 seconds remaining.

Hansberry led St. Andrew’s with a game-high 24 points.

Jalen Moon, who missed a jumper late in the contest, paced Beaufort Academy with a team-high 22 points.

Another Beaufort Academy boys’ basketball player, Kevin Williams, missed a shot at the buzzer for the Eagles.

Beaufort Academy dropped to 3-2 overall with the loss.

With the win, St. Andrew’s remained undefeated. St. Andrew’s won the junior varsity game, defeating Beaufort Academy 35-30.

Warriors turn back Bluffton, 64-54 

George Delaney netted 17 points to lead a balanced Whale Branch scoring effort and lead the Warriors past longtime foe Bluffton 64-54 in an early-season boys’ high school basketball game on Dec. 9.

Whale Branch, playing on its home gym floor, made the most of its offensive opportunities and turned up pressure defensively to earn the victory over the visiting squad.

Delaney led Whale Branch with a team-high 17 points. He was one of four Warriors to reach double figures in the scoring column in the victory.

Finishing one bucket short of matching Delaney’s scoring total, Cam Miller and Kenny Brown contributed 15 points apiece for the Warriors in the win.

Joining Delaney, Miller and Brown in double figures for Whale Branch, Xyion Youmans pushed in 10 points.

Jermaine Patterson paced Bluffton with a game-high 29 points. Patterson thrived throughout the game for the Bobcats.

Joining his teammate in double figures, Richard Jenkins netted 14 points for the Bluffton boys’ basketball team.

Both Patterson and Jenkins have made the move to basketball after helping lead the Football Bobcats into the Lower State Semifinals.

Sharks upend homestanding Eagles 

Visiting May River notched a win over Beaufort High in a key early-season boys’ high school basketball game on Dec. 9. The Sharks defeated the Eagles 60-44.

The setback was Beaufort High’s first loss in the 2016-17 season.

With the win, May River improved to 3-1.

Beaufort High slipped to with the loss.

Jai Morrow led May River with a game-high 18 points.

Ryan Livingston accompanied Morrow in double figures, added 14 points for the Sharks.

The Sharks excelled from long range as Morrow and Livingston drained four 3-pointers each in the victory.

May River fared well in each quarter, especially the second and third periods. The Sharks have excelled on the hardwood since opening their inaugural campaign less than one month ago.

Matt Garay battled foul trouble early in the contest but managed to pace Beaufort High in the setback, scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds.

Beaufort High managed to beat May River 62-45 in a girls’ high school basketball matchup between the two newfound rival schools.

GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Moyd leads Beaufort High over May River

Naijuia Moyd scored a game-high 25 points to lead Beaufort High past upstart May River 62-47 in an early-season girls’ high school basketball game on Dec. 9.

Moyd ranks as one of the area’s top girls’ high school basketball players.

With the win, Beaufort High improved to 5-2. May River continues to look for its first-ever win in a debut campaign.

With the loss, May River slipped to 0-4.

Joining Moyd in double figures for the Eagles, Imari Smalls scored 19 points.

The Eagles started strong. Beaufort High led 34-24 at intermission of the early-season prep hoops contest.

The Eagles also fared well after the break, stretching their lead in the second half. Beaufort High owned numerous leads over May River before settling for the 15-point victory.

Prior to defeating newcomer May River, a first-year girls’ high school basketball program, Beaufort High had posted wins over familiar foes Academic Magnet, Garrett Academy Tech, Battery Creek and Whale Branch.

May River wasn’t without some highlights in the game versus Beaufort High. Casey Sullivan led the Sharks with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Battery Creek beats Whale Branch, 41-23

Battery Creek beat host Whale Branch 41-23 in a girls’ high school basketball game on Dec. 10.

Battery Creek used a balanced offensive effort to earn the win.

Dasani Dilbert paced the Dolphins in the win. Dilbert was the only Battery Creek player to reach double figures in the scoring column, tallying a team-high 10 points for the winning team in the convincing victory.

In addition to her team-best 10 points, Dilbert grabbed seven rebounds for the Dolphins in the convincing victory over longtime rival Whale Branch.

Following Dilbert in the Battery Creek scoring column, Jayden Thompson netted seven points. Along wither scoring total, Thompson contributed two rebounds for the Dolphins.

Taquasha Lampkin led Battery Creek on the backboards, grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds. Lampkin ranked as Battery Creek’s third-leading scorer, chipping in five points.

Kevia Sanders rounded out the Battery Creek scoring, netting two points. Sanders was second in rebounding for the Dolphins, delivering nine rebounds.

Another Battery Creek player, Kendriana Shojgreen, grabbed six rebounds in the Dolphins’ triumph.