BE falls to Battery Creek; Lady Bishops roll
Bishop England pushed Battery Creek to the brink Tuesday on Daniel Island but came up short with first place in Region VI on the line.
Facing a 20-point deficit in the waning minutes of the end of the third quarter, the Bishops flipped a switch and trapped with a full-court press the Dolphins couldn't solve. Back-to-back threes from B.J. Grevey helped Bishop England (6-6, 2-1) close the quarter with eight unanswered points. The run boiled over into the fourth quarter, growing into a 19-4 rally through the first six minutes.
Holding on to a seven-point lead with two minutes to play, Battery Creek missed the front-end of three straight one-and-ones. Bishop England couldn't convert on any at the other end, letting Battery Creek escape with a 66-62 win. The loss is the Bishops' first in-conference and gives the Dolphins a one-game lead in Region VI.
“When you lose by four points like that, you can look back and see all sorts of ways we could have found those two baskets at the end,” Bishop England head coach Bryan Grevey said. “But we fell behind big in the first half and, looking back, if we play better in that first quarter, we probably win the game.”
The Bishops were outscored 17-9 in the first quarter. Battery Creek junior center Eric Freeman had his way in the paint most of the night, scoring six in the first quarter and adding eight in the second on his way to a game-high 27 points. Freeman scored seven in the third until the Bishops lured the big man into a couple quick fouls and turned up the pressure on the Dolphins' backcourt.
“He's a big, strong kid with great low-post moves,” Grevey said. “He made some great moves tonight but in the second half I thought we did a much better job on, not only him, but their whole team.
“We just became more aggressive. We attacked the ball better. Instead of being passive, we stepped up the intensity and were able to create some turnovers and easy scores. We really did a good job of coming back but by then we already had dug ourselves too big of a hole.”
The Bishops finished with 13 steals but gave away 28 turnovers. Dillon Corbett led Bishop England with 16 points and five rebounds. Grevey scored 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from three, while Taylor Howell added seven points and five steals, and Griffin Herbet scored 10.
Battery Creek narrowly outrebounded Bishop England 21-17. Devontae Wilson scored 14 points and was the only Dolphin besides Freeman in double figures.
Lady Bishops take control of Region VI
Mary Harriet Moore and Michele Boykin combined for 47 points Tuesday to lead the Lady Bishops into first place in Region VI with a 67-43 home win over Battery Creek.
Moore added 12 rebounds, seven blocks and six assists. It's the fourth straight double-double for the senior center and second straight with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Boykin finished with 10 steals for her second double-double of the season.
Battery Creek opened the game on a 9-0 run, scoring seven points off Bishop England turnovers. It took nearly five minutes to find their first basket, but the Lady Bishops closed the first quarter with eight unanswered points to climb back into the game.
Moore gave Bishop England (10-2, 3-0) its first lead midway through the second quarter. Battery Creek jumped back on top momentarily but Bishop England finished the half on a 9-0 run and never looked back.
The Lady Bishops came away with 24 steals and won on the board 40-31. Daisja Cannon led Battery Creek with 23 points. Erin Rose turned in six points for Bishop England, and Anna Penninger added five assists and four rebounds.