Cardinal Newman pulled off a SCISA Region 2-3A basketball sweep of Heathwood Hall on Friday. The big news was the 38-30 boys win that allowed the Cardinals to pull even with the Highlanders in first place.
Senior Jake Motto scored 13 points for CN, and fellow senior Edward Dannelly added 10. Corey Littlejohn accounted for more than half the Heathwood Hall scoring with 16 points. Littlejohn went 7-for-15 from the field, while the rest of the Highlanders combined for 5-for-20 shooting. HH was 0-for-8 from 3-point range.
Cardinal Newman is 13-5 overall, 4-1 in region matters, while Heathwood Hall fell to 15-5, 4-1.
The CN girls also caught the Highlands in the standings – second place. The Cardinals handed HH its second region loss in three days, 44-31. Freshman Molly Ringwater and senior Tori August teamed up for 24 points for CN. Ringwater finished with 13 points, August 10. Heathwood’s senior duo of Kristen Dickerson (13) and Arayael Brandner nearly match the Cards’ leaders, but had less support. The difference came from CN’s Beth Eckstein and Joanna Watson, who tallied eight and seven points, respectively.
Elsewhere, Ben Lippen’s boys suffered a 51-47 loss at Augusta Christian. It was the Lions first region win of the season. The Falcons trailed 27-13 at halftime, and made a 22-12 run in the fourth quarter only to fall a bit short. BL’s poor free-throw shooting (3-for-11) was a big factor.
Mitchell Deter was the Falcons leader with 21 points.
Hammond swept St. Joseph’s of Greenville on Friday. Cliff Ayers led a parade of double-figure scoring with 21 points in a 63-30 win. Aaron Walters (13), A.D. Briggs (12) and Taylor Smith (11) backed Ayers. Elaine Epting scored 14 points, Mason Castles tallied 13 and Kaki Smith added 10 as the Skyhawks girls prevailed 46-33.
SCISA Region 2-3A boys standings
Cardinal Newman 4-1; Heathwood Hall 4-1; Ben Lippen 2-2; Hammond 2-3; St. Joseph’s 1-3; Augusta Christian 1-4.
SCISA Region 2-3A girls standings
Augusta Christian 5-0; Cardinal Newman 3-2; Heathwood Hall 3-2; Hammond 2-3; Ben Lippen 1-3; St. Joseph’s 0-4.