Ben Lippen opened the second half of the SCISA Region 2-3A boys basketball campaign with a 61-57 win over visiting Heathwood Hall. Heathwood Hall’s girls prevailed 51-40 in the varsity twinbill opener.
Ben Lippen (11-9, 4-2) has won four of their last five games since dropped a 62-49 decision to the Highlanders in the region opener on Jan. 9. The Falcons had remarkable balance while pulling out the hotly contested game. Zach Burnett led BL with 18 points, top gun Mitchell Deter scored 11, while Mick Shoemaker, Andre Hennie and Nathan Parrish chipped in nine points apiece. Hennie had a strong all around performance, contributing six rebounds, seven steals and two assists.
Heathwood Hall (16-6, 4-2) suffered its second straight region loss, and is now tied for second place with the Falcons behind Cardinal Newman. Corey Littlejohn was the Highlanders star once more. The sophomore forward rang up 26 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. Mac Whalen scored 10 points with seven assists and four steals, but the Falcons superior balance made the difference.
As usual, seniors Arayael Brandner and Kristen Dickerson carried the heavy load for the Heathwood girls (10-11, 4-2), Brandner rang up 20 points and Dickerson backed her with 17. The win ended a two-game region losing streak by the Highlanders. Elizabeth Hodges pumped in 20 points for the Falcons (6-12, 2-4).