High School Sports

Highlanders, Cardinals sweep region openers

Heathwood Hall opened the SCISA Region 2-3A boys basketball season with a 62-49 win over visiting Ben Lippen. Elsewhere, Hammond claimed a 53-50 win over Augusta Christian and Cardinal Newman romped 73-30 over St. Joseph’s at home.

Heathwood Hall and Cardinal Newman were the area winners in the girls games.

Corey Littlejohn led the Highlanders (12-4, 1-0) with 19 points, and had double-digit support from Morgan Whalen (13), Mac Whalen (12) and Joseph James (10). Mitchell Deter had 15 points for Ben Lippen (7-8, 0-1).

Hammond’s boy even their record at 7-7 with a tough region-opening win over visiting Augusta Christian (6-6, 0-1). Junior Aaron Walters paced the Skyhawks with 16 points, and senior Cliff Ayers tallied 13.

Cardinal Newman (10-4, 1-0) had little trouble with the visitors from Greenville. Jake Motto paced the Cards with 14 points, while Twan Alewine and Michael Maracich chipped in 12 points apiece. Maracich came into the game averaging just one point per outing.

It may not have been a work of art, but Heathwood Hall’s girls will take its 38-26 win over Ben Lippen in the region opener. Kristen Dickerson and Arayael Brandner shared scoring honors with nine points each. The Highlanders stand at 6-9 overall. The Falcons fell to 4-8, 0-1.

Alex August canned 12 points as Cardinal Newman (7-5, 1-0) waltzed by St. Joseph’s 43-21.

Kaki Smith and Elaine Epting scored 16 points apiece, but it was not enough to help Hammond (3-11, 0-1) avoid a region-opening 58-52 loss to Augusta Christian (7-5, 1-0).

Tuesday’s games

Hammond at Heathwood Hall; Cardinal Newman at Ben Lippen; Augusta Christian at St. Joseph’s.