Dreher nipped Heathwood Hall 72-70 in the quarterfinals of the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational girls basketball tournament Thursday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Two free throws with 53 seconds remaining in regulation tied the score at 60 and send the game into overtime. Kaydra Duckett’s tip in off the offensive boards with two seconds left in OT send the unbeaten Blue Devils (7-0) on the the semifinals and an 8:30 p.m. Friday date with Edgewater (FL).
Duckett paced the Dreher effort with 25 points, the two biggest coming on her one-handed follow up of a missed shot by Hopkins with time waning. The senior all-state forward did not have a particularly good shooting night (10-for-38 from the field), but had a good all around game with six rebounds, five assists and five steals.
Duckett had solid backing from Jalen Murray and Jhileiya Dunlap. Murray rang up 16 points, eight rebounds and five steals, while Dunlap contributed 17 points and nine boards. Senior Makaya Johnson chipped in four points and 11 rebounds before fouling out.
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A’ja Wilson was great again for the 5-1 Highlanders. One night after pulling down a tournament record 24 rebounds, the nation’s top senior prospect tallied 40 points, hitting 16 of 19 free throws, and grabbed 18 rebounds. The 40 points was the third highest scoring game in tournament annals.
No other Highlander managed double-digit scoring production, but Gadsen Lefft and Chelsea Joseph both had 11 rebounds while helping Heathwood Hall finish with a 56-43 rebounding edge in the game.
The Highlanders will face in-state Greenwood in a 5 p.m. consolation bracket game on Friday. Heathwood Hall must win to qualify for the tournament fifth-place game on Saturday.