Weekly high school sports roundup: Local hoops teams fight for region position
The Palmetto Christian Academy girls basketball team endured a difficult non-region portion of its schedule at the beginning of the season. The immediate result was a 2-4 record heading into the second week of December, including two losses by 35 or more points to Lowcountry powerhouse programs. But, the delayed result is an 8-1 mark since then and the No. 1 ranking in MaxPreps among SCISA 2A teams.
Dorchester Academy was the latest victim of the Eagles’ hot streak, as Palmetto Christian cruised to a 58-41 home victory this past Friday night.
Sophomore do-it-all guard Corey Caulder led the way with 22 points, including being 8-for-8 mark from the free throw line. She added seven assists, six rebounds, five steals and a block. Julia Strout narrowly missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Eagles trailed by three points at halftime before outscoring Dorchester 40-20 the rest of the way to improve to 5-2 at home.
The Palmetto Christian Academy boys basketball team won its third consecutive game Friday night against Dorchester Academy, 56-49.
The Eagles have held their opponents under 50 points during that stretch, and of their eight wins this season, six have come when holding opposing teams below that 50-point threshold.
J.T. Waters led Palmetto Christian in scoring against Dorchester, tallying 20 points and adding five steals and a block. He’s averaging 18.5 points in the past two games. Cody Brewerton grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds, as the Eagles improved to 8-6 overall and 3-0 in SCISA Region 2A-Region 2.
Both Palmetto Christian basketball teams played at Calhoun Academy Tuesday night after the Moultrie News went to press.
BE faces adversity
The Bishop England girls basketball team is finding ways to win this season, despite being hit hard by injuries. The latest casualty is starting guard Michele Boykin, who underwent surgery to repair a broken nose.
But, several players have stepped up in her absence, most notably center Mary Harriet Moore. She scored 16 points in the Battling Bishops’ 56-28 win over Woodland, this past Friday night. Bishop England used a 23-3 scoring advantage in the third quarter to cruise to its sixth region win and 11th overall. The 11-3 Bishops hosted Ridgeland Tuesday night after the Moultrie News went to press.
The Bishop England boys basketball team lost to Woodland, 60-47, this past Friday night. The setback dropped the Bishops to 6-8 overall and 3-3 in region action.
They were coming off a thrilling overtime victory by one point against Garrett in their previous game, in which B.J. Grevey poured in 35 points and Jacob Vecchiolla added 28.
Game statistics for the Bishop England game against Woodland were not available at press time.
Wando wins region openers
The Wando girls basketball team isn’t afraid of close games. During games decided by 10 or less points this season, the Warriors are 7-3.
The latest close-scoring affair was won by Wando, 40-33, over visiting Cane Bay this past Friday night. It was the first region opponent the Warriors have faced so far this season.
Courtney Wood scored eight points and Rachel Torlay and Kimberly Smalls each added seven.
Wando (10-4) played lockdown defense against Cane Bay, holding the Cobras to 11 points in the first half.
The Warriors boys basketball team used its usual balanced scoring attack to defeat Cane Bay for their first victory in region play, this past Friday night.
Wando won 62-45, led by sophomore Taylor Majewski’s 14 points. Ten different Warriors scored to boost their record to 11-7 overall.
Cane Bay had two players combine for 36 points – Raekwan Rivers with 19 and Jiquan Hammand with 17 – but no other Cobra scored more than four.
The win gives Wando a two-game winning streak after enduring a stretch of losing five games out of six from Dec. 14–Jan. 4.
Both Wando basketball teams traveled to Goose Creek Tuesday night for a rivalry game showdown.