High School Sports

February 23, 2012

James' late free throws save Highlander boys

Joseph James sinks two from the line with less than one second remaining to cap a 14-3 run in the final three minutes of the game and hand the defending SCISA champions a 38-36 quarterfinal win over Wilson Hall. Friday's boys and girls semifinal slate is set.

Joseph James hit two free throws with less than one second remaining to lift defending champion Heathwood Hall to a 38-36 come-from-behind quarterfinal win over Wilson Hall in the SCISA Class 3A state tournament on Wednesday at the Sumter Civic Center.

The Highlanders (19-5) trailed the hometown Barons 33-24 with three minutes remaining, but stormed back into contention with a 10-0 run.

James was fouled with six-tenths of a second on the clock and the senior captain calmly dropped in both free throws to allow Heathwood Hall to advance to a Friday semifinal game against Porter-Gaud.

James finished with a game-high 17 points, while Bradley Singleton (10 points) and Shelton Whittaker combined for 19 of the Highlanders other 21 points.

In other quarterfinal games, Cardinal Newman defeated Florence Christian 62-49, Porter-Gaud eliminated Hammond 65-57 and Laurence Manning Academy pulled off a 38-36 overtime upset win against Pinewood Prep.

Eight-grader Seventh Woods put on quite a show with 29 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals, but is was not enough to keep Hammond’s season alive. The Skyhawks finished with a 14-12 record.

Friday’s semifinal schedule:

Cardinal Newman girls vs. Northwood Academy, 3:30 p.m.; Heathwood Hall boys vs. Porter-Gaud, 5 p.m.; Heathwood Hall girls vs. Pinewood Prep, 6:30 p.m.; Cardinal Newman boys vs. Laurence Manning Academy, 8 p.m.

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