With star A’ja Wilson back in the pink, Heathwood Hall defeated Augusta Christian to secure the SCISA Region 1-3A girls basketball championship on Tuesday.
Wilson poured in 34 for the Highlanders (18-5, 7-0) and Sarah Scott tallied 12 in support.
In boys action, top-ranked Cardinal Newman (24-2) thumped Hammond 81-60 for its 12th straight win and maintain its one-game lead over Heathwood Hall. The contenders clash on Thursday at Heathwood Hall. The Cardinals will be looking to complete a sweep of the Highlanders, secure an outright region championship and finished with a perfect record.
Austin Ajukwa led CN with 24 points and received plenty of help from Daulton Halfacre (16), Matt Erdman (14) and Michael Collins (8). Brandon Picou scored 14 points for Hammond which closed the regular season with an 8-16 overall record.
Heathwood Hall (19-6, 6-1) stayed on the Cardinals’ trail by downing last place Augusta Christian 62-51. Corey Littlejohn rang up 28 points in the win after going off for 48 in a loss to Spartanburg Christian on Saturday (including the 2,000th point of his storied four-year Highlander career).
Hammond’s girls closed the regular season with a 7-16 record and a 44-40 win over Cardinal Newman. Kaki Smith and Elaine Epting paced the Skyhawks with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Molly Rainwater and Alex August both hit 10 points for the Cardinals (13-10, 3-4).
SCISA Region 1-3A girls standings
Heathwood Hall 7-0, Augusta Christian 5-2, Cardinal Newman 3-4, Hammond 3-5, Ben Lippen 0-7.
SCISA Region 1-3A boys standings
Cardinal Newman 7-0, Heathwood Hall 6-1, Ben Lippen 2-5, Hammond 3-5, Augusta Christian 0-7.