Heathwood Hall’s girls and the Cardinal Newman boys maintained first-place footing in SCISA Region 1-3A basketball on Tuesday.
Heathwood’s top-ranked girls, fresh from a non-region win over second-ranked Northwood Academy on Saturday, downed Hammond 79-45 for their 13th win in a row. The Highlanders (18-1, 6-0) can clinch the outright region championship with a win over second-place Cardinal Newman on Friday.
A’ja Wilson led Heathwood Hall against the Skyhawks with 28 points and she had solid backing from Chelsea Joseph (14 points) and Victoria Dickerson (12). Wilson was the dominant force in the Northwood win with 29 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks. Catherine Herring and Caroline Penland scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, for Hammond (6-14, 0-6).
Cardinal Newman (19-5, 6-0) had too much firepower for host Augusta Christian. Matt Erdman led the Cardinals to their 11th straight win with 19 points. Austin Ajukwa and Michael Collins offered double-digit backing with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Collins’ total included three 3-pointers.
Heathwood Hall’s boys (14-5, 6-1) set up Friday’s first-place confrontation at home against Cardinal Newman by edging Hammond 45-41 to complete the sweep of the Skyhawks. Joseph James led the Highlanders with 11 points, Shelton Whittaker tallied 10 and Bradley Singleton and Alex Bueno scored eight points apiece. Brandon Picow scored 12 points, Ken Krupa 11 for the Skyhawks (11-8, 3-3).
Cardinal Newman’s girls (13-8, 5-1) completed a season sweep of Augusta Christian by defeating the host Lions 67-58. Alex August led the Cards with 22 points, Molly Rainwater finished with 19 points (and three 3-pointers), Annaleise Hughen tallied 10 and Margo Deyling chipped in eight.