It's not how you start; it's how you finish.
Until Saturday's 2A state championship game, the Bishop England girls basketball team could look at that popular phrase fondly.
The Battling Bishops' three losses – to tough teams – had all come before the halfway point in their season. They rolled through the region portion of their schedule, riding a 16-game winning streak to the season finale.
Then, the second half happened.
Bishop England led 22-15 at halftime of the 2A girsl championship game but was outscored 31-19 after intermission to lose. Michele Boykin scored 15 points and Mary Harriet Moore added 10.
Moore, a junior, is receiving significant collegiate interest from Davidson, Georgia State, Mercer, Babson, Harvard, Hillsdale College, Carnegie Mellon and North Florida, according to her mother. She has visited Davidson and met with coaches and players.
Moore was named to all-state volleyball and basketball teams.
Joe Siegwald and J.T. Waters were both invited to play in the SCISA North-South All Star boys basketball game. Gabe Hogan was selected to play in the SCISA vs. GISA all-star game.
GISA is the equivalent to SCISA in Georgia.
TRACK & FIELD
The Wando girls track and field team claimed the team championship in the Sandlapper Invitational, this past Saturday.
Angelica Collins placed third in the 100-meter dash and first in the triple jump, Sarah Lee grabbed third in the 200, Rosa Marie Compton finished in second in the 800 and 1600, Kendall Mercer was runner up in the high jump and pole vault and Wando's 4x1600 relay team grabbed third.
The Bishop England girls team won the 4x800 relay and finished second in the distance medley.
On the boys side, Wando also earned the overall title. Griffie Loy, who signed his track and field scholarship for the Naval Academy last week, was named the most outstanding field athlete.
Wando's Andrew Roberts finished third in the 800, Hampton Harvin grabbed second in the high jump, Davis Banks was runner-up in the pole vault and Kenny Waring was third in long jump. Warrior relay teams earned second in the 4x400 and 4x800 events, as well as third in the 4x1600.
Bishop England's distance medley team finished in third place. Loy won both the shot put and discus events.
The Wando girls lacrosse team improved to 2-0 with a dominating 19-1 win over West Ashley, this past Wednesday night.
Nine different players scored, led by Alyssa Smith's and Kori Paulsen's four goals apiece. The Warriors travel to Socastee Wednesday night.
The Wando boys lacrosse team beat Socastee 13-4, this past Saturday, to extend its season-starting winning streak to three.
The Warriors were led by C.J. Andersen's six goals. Wando hosts Hilton Head Wednesday night.
The Bishop England girls lacrosse team beat Bluffton, 20-4, Monday night, led by Isabel Burnett's six goals. The Bishops host Greenville Friday.
The Bishop England boys lacrosse team defeated Bluffton, Monday night, 21-1. Connor Canning had five goals and two assists. The Bishops travel to AC Flora, Wednesday.
The Wando girls soccer team went 2-1 during the Taco Bell Viking Cup, this past weekend. The Warriors defeated Hillcrest 6-0 and Blythewood 1-0, but dropped the final game to Lexington 2-1.
Wando traveled to Ashley Ridge Tuesday night after the Moultrie News went to press.
The Bishop England girls soccer team rebounded from an opening 3-0 loss to Riverside in the Viking Cup to win its two final games of the weekend against Irmo (4-1) and West Florence (1-0).
The Battling Bishops travel to Academic Magnet, Thursday afternoon.
The Bishop England boys soccer team tied Fort Dorchester 2-2 in its season opener, this past Friday night. The Bishops hosted James Island Tuesday night after press time.
The Academic Magnet girls soccer team fell in the championship game of the Viking Cup, concluding a stretch of five games in three days.
The Raptors beat Greenville 2-0, Spring Valley 4-1, T.L. Hanna 1-0 and Dutch Fork 3-2, before losing to Riverside 2-1 in penalty kicks.
Academic Magnet plays Bishop England Thursday for the early inside track to the Region 6 championship.
The Palmetto Christian Academy girls soccer team lost to Hanahan, 7-0, Monday night. The Eagles travel to Summerville, Thursday.
Ben Crutchfield, of the Wando wrestling team, took fourth place in the 126-pound weight class in the 4A state individual Finals last week.
Alex Cullen also participated and advanced to the quarterfinals of the consolation round.