Bishop England girls, Palmetto Christian hoops teams survive and advance

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bishop England senior guard Jacob Vecchiolla (4) prepares for a layup attempt during the Battling Bishops' game against Edisto, Feb. 13. COURTESY OF BE SPORTS FLICKR



At the beginning of the Wando boys basketball season, coach David Eaton said the Warriors were balanced offensively. Wando proved that with 10 different players making their way into the scorebook but they couldn't pull out a road victory, losing 51-49 to Beaufort in the first round of the 4A state playoffs last week.

Sophomores Amp Moore and Taylor Majewski led the way with 11 and 9 points, respectively. The Warriors (14-11) were a No. 3 seed paired against No. 2 Beaufort.

The Wando girls basketball team also saw its season come to a close in the first round of the state playoffs. The Warriors (13-9) lost 54-45 to Colleton County last week.

Senior Kearsten Duvernay scored 12 points and Kimberly Smalls and Tessa Akers each added nine. Three Colleton County players reached double figures. Wando was outscored 16-3 in the second quarter. The Warriors outscored Colleton County in the other three quarters by a combined 42-38.

Bishop England

The Bishop England boys basketball suffered a similar fate this season as they did last season, losing to Edisto in the 2A state playoffs. The Battling Bishops (11-12) lost 56-44 last week. Jacob Vecchiolla and B.J. Grevey each scored 13 points.

The game was tied at 33 entering the fourth quarter, before Edisto outscored Bishop England 23-11 in the final period.

Grevey, a sophomore, was named as an all-state selection by the Southern Preparatory Athletic Association, this past Saturday.

The Bishop England girls basketball team advanced to the third round of the 2A state playoffs to face region opponent Burke, Tuesday night. The game was completed after the Moultrie News went to press.

After routing Bamberg-Ehrhardt 88-34 in the opening round, the Bishops (21-3) earned ensuing games against conference foes Battery Creek (won 60-32) and Burke. Bishop England, a No. 1 seed, defeated Burke, a No. 4 seed, in both regular season games by a 28-point average margin of victories.

The winner of No. 1 Lake City/No. 2 Kingstree will face the Bishop England/Burke winner.

Palmetto Christian

The Palmetto Christian Academy boys basketball team defeated Richard Winn Academy, 75-47, in the first round of the SCISA 2A playoffs. The Eagles entertained Carolina Academy in the second round, Tuesday night after the Moultrie News went to press.

Palmetto Chistian (19-6) broke its opening round game open in the second quarter, outscoring Richard Winn 22-6. Gabe Hogan scored 20 points to lead the Eagles. Joe Siegwald and Cody Brewerton each added 15 points.

The Palmetto Christian Academy girls basketball team defeated Holly Hill Academy 59-27, Monday in the second round of the SCISA 2A playoffs.

Corey Caulder led the Eagles with 23 points and seven rebounds.

In the opening round, the Eagles beat Robert E. Lee, 63-32, Friday night. Caulder scored 20 points and added nine rebounds, Julia Strout had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Annie Pascutti had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Haley Hester added nine rebounds.

It was a convincing win that impressed long-time Eagles assistant coach Lewis Seabrook, who currently handles statistics for the boys team. “I've been watching PCA basketball since 2001, and the first half was the best I've seen a PCA girls team play, ever,” Seabrook said. “They got almost every rebound and loose ball, made the extra pass for wide-open shots and generally just whipped the other team.”

Palmetto Christian advances to play Marlboro Academy in the state semifinals, late Thursday afternoon at Sumter Civic Center.

Coastal Christian

The Coastal Christian Prep boys basketball team dropped its opening round SCISA 1A playoff game to Newberry Academy 51-44, this past Saturday afternoon.

Raquan Gregg led the Cougars with 21 points and Blake Lipscomb added 13.


Bishop England standout Griffie Loy received his appointment in the mail from the Naval Academy, making him an official member of next year's track and field team.

Loy throws shot put for the Battling Bishops. He did not participate in the school's signing day ceremony on Feb. 6 because his letter had not arrived yet.


Two Wando wrestlers continue to collect accolades. Alex Cullen finished second and Ben Crutchfield grabbed fourth in the Lower State Individual Tournament, held this past weekend in Elgin.

Both travel to Anderson for the state individual finals, Friday and Saturday.

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