Heathwood Hall was the only Midlands entry to survive first-round testing in the SCISA state girls basketball tournament on Friday.
The Highlanders (20-5) opened with a 47-23 rout of Hilton Head Christian at home to move on to the quarterfinals in Sumter next week. Cardinal Newman, Hammond and Ben Lippen all saw their seasons come to end last night.
A’ja Wilson, Erin Ress and Sarah Scott handled the bulk of the scoring for the Highlanders, who secured their eighth win in a row. Wilson was the nominal leader with 15 points, while Ress and Scott tallied 12 points against the overmatched Eagles.
The Highlanders will take on Wilson Hall in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Sumter Civic Center.
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Wilson Hall advanced with a 37-26 win at home over Hammond. The Barons ran past the Skyhawks in the second half, erasing a 15-12 deficit at the break. Kaki Smith scored 10 points for Hammond, which finished with a 7-17 record.
Cardinal Newman gave region champion Orangeburg Prep all it wanted on the Indians home floor, but the hosts emerged with a 46-41 win.
Molly Rainwater scored seven points in the second quarter to help stake the Cardinals to a 25-22 halftime lead. Alex August scored 10 in the third quarter as CN kept it the lead, 35-34, entering the final eight minutes.
But OP took command in the fourth quarter, limited Cardinal Newman to just six points and putting the verdict on ice by canning eight of 10 free throws.
August finished with 16 points for the Cardinals, who closed the book on a 14-12 campaign.
Ben Lippen (6-18) bowed out in a 51-24 loss to Hilton Head Preps at Pinewood Prep.