Cardinal Newman and Heathwood Hall kept pace atop the SCISA Region 1-3A boys basketball standings with Friday wins, setting up Tuesday’s first-place showdown on the Cardinals’ home floor.
Cardinals Newman (18-2, 3-0) blitzed Hammond 72-36 at home behind 26 points by sophomore Austin Ajukwa. In all, 11 Cardinals got into the scoring act vs. the Skyhawks, but Dalton Halfacre was the only other double-digit man with 10 points.
Heathwood Hall (16-4, 3-0) scored a 64-56 win at Augusta Christian as Corey Littlejohn erupted for 30 points. Newcomer Alex Bueno and Joseph James contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Ben Lippen (7-12) prevailed 56-48 in a non-region contest at Orangeburg Prep. Drew Fraley and Derek Snelgrove paced the balanced Falcons effort. Fraley scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Snelgrove posted a double-double – 10 points 12 rebounds. Chad Burnett added 12 points and three assists to the cause, and Branson Despres contributed 11 points and six boards to the cause. The Falcons return to region play on Tuesday at Augusta Christian.
SCISA Region 1-3A boys standings
Cardinal Newman 3-0, Heahwood Hall 3-0, Ben Lippen 1-2, Augusta Christian 0-2, Hammond 0-3.
In girls matters, Heathwood Hall maintain first-place standing with a 56-40 win over Augusta Christian. A’ja Wilson set the pace for the Highlanders (14-5, 3-0) with a 26-point performance and had solid backing from Sarah Scott (16) and Victoria Dickerson (11).
Cardinal Newman (11-6, 2-1) nipped Hammond 54-52 with Molly Rainwater (16 points) and Alex August (14) in the forefront. Kaki Smith tallied a game high 20 points for the and Elaine Epting scored 12 for the Skyhawks (5-11, 1-2).
Ben Lippen was dealt a 53-31 non-region loss at Orangeburg Prep on Friday.
SCISA Region 1-3A girls standings
Heathwood Hall 3-0, Cardinal Newman 2-1, Augusta Christian 1-1, Hammond 1-2, Ben Lippen 0-3.