Cardinal Newman and Heathwood Hall pulled off sweeps in SCISA Region 1-3A basketball on Tuesday.
The top-ranked CN boys beat Ben Lippen 54-44 even though leading scorer Austin Ajukwa did not play. Timmy Cunningham led the way with 18 points, Daulton Halfacre tallied 15 and Colburn Gatling scored 11. The Cardinals improved to 22-2 overall, 5-0 in region play.
Ben Lippen led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter, but lost command when the Cardinals went on a 24-16 roll in the second. Luke Burnett led the Falcons (8-14, 2-4) with 13 points. Derek Snelgrove finished with five points and 10 rebounds.
In the opener, Cardinal Newman (12-8, 3-2) blew by the Falcons 56-25 as Chelli Nottoli led the way with 18 points. Alex Augusta and Molly Rainwater backed Nottoli with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Emma Cummings had 10 points for Ben Lippen (5-14, 0-6).
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At Heathwood Hall, the host Highlanders took both games vs. Hammond.
The 34-26 win in the opener allowed the Highlanders girls to stay put in first place even though star A’ja Wilson remained sidelined with an ankle injury. Erin Ress and Caitlin Harriford paced understaffed Heathwood Hall (17-5, 6-0) short-handed team with 10 points apiece. Kaki Smith scored 12 to lead Hammond (5-16, 1-5).
In the nightcap, the Heathwood Hall boys took a 59-51 decision as Corey Littlejohn fired in 24 points. Alex Bueno chiped in with 16 points for Highlanders (18-5, 5-1). Brandon Picow scored 14 for Hammond (7-15, 2-4). The Skyhawks were coming off two region wins over Augusta Christian in the space of four days.
SCISA Region 1-3A girls standings
Heathwood Hall 6-0, Augusta Christian 4-1, Cardinal Newman 3-2, Hammond 1-5, Ben Lippen 0-6.
SCISA Region 1-3A boys standings
Cardinal Newman 5-0, Heathwood Hall 5-1, Ben Lippen 2-4, Hammond 2-4 Augusta Christian 0-5.