BE, PCA fall in Carolina Invitational opening round
The Bishop England Lady Bishops and Palmetto Christian Academy Eagles both suffered losses Friday in the opening round of the 3rd annual Carolina Invitational tournament.
Mount Tabor (N.C.) dealt Bishop England (7-1) its first defeat of the season with a 62-49 win on the Lady Bishops' home floor. Palmetto Christian (2-7) fell to Porter-Gaud 53-48 at St. John's High School on John's Island.
Both teams drop into their respective bracket's consolation rounds. Saturday, Palmetto Christian will face James Island Christian in the Harbor Division, while Bishop England play West Mecklenburg (N.C.) in the Palmetto Division.
Mount Tabor 62, Bishop England 49
Mount Tabor turned up its outside shooting in the second half to give the Lady Bishops their most difficult perimeter challenge of the season.
Michele Boykin was hot early with 12 first-half points to help Bishop England to a 27-25 first-half advantage but was limited to just four through the final two quarters.
After failing to connect on a single three-point attempt in the first half, Mount Tabor heated up in the second with seven threes, five in the third quarter. Haleigh Hatfield scored 16 of her game-high 18 points in the second half, while teammate Ebone Stevens knocked down four threes to power the Mount Tabor offense.
Mary Harriet Moore tried to match with 11 of her own but the Bishops couldn't keep pace while Mount Tabor extended its lead into the fourth quarter.
Bishop England's defense has picked teams apart all season but managed a season-low 12 steals Friday against 19 turnovers. Boykin finished with 16 points, six steals and five rebounds. Moore added 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Stevens scored 16 for Mount Tabor, while Jordyn Richardson added 12.
Porter-Gaud 53, Palmetto Christian 48
Palmetto Christian's Corey Caulder turned in a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds but the Lady Eagles couldn't match Porter-Gaud for all four quarters.
Porter-Gaud erased a two-point first quarter deficit with a 37-18 run through the second and third quarters. Palmetto Christian tried to climb back, outscoring Porter-Gaud 19-7 in the fourth quarter, but couldn't close the gap in time.
Annie Pascutti scored 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds for Palmetto Christian. Parker Emerson added eight points, two steals and two assists.