Heathwood Hall pulled off a basketball sweep of archrival Hammond on Tuesday night in SCISA Region 2-3A play.
The Highlanders boys (13-4, 2-0) overcame a poor shooting night to pull out a 58-55 verdict, thanks to a late 3-pointer by Mac Whalen. The Heathwood Hall girls also improved to 2-0 in region matters by thrashing the Skyhawks 53-31.
Jeff Whalen’s boys converted only 13 of 40 pops from the field, and went 15-for-25 at the free-throw line, but Whalen’s bonus bomb with 3.2 seconds to go made the difference.
Corey Littlejohn had a monster game with 24 points, 22 rebounds, three assists and one block. The sophomore star also had an 8-for-9 showing at the line. Mac Whalen was 0-for-4 inside the arc, but went 3-for-6 from 3-point range to finish with 12 points – all of them coming in the second half.. Morgan Whalen tallied 14 points, going 2-for-3 from beyond the arc.
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Mac Whalen said it was what Coach Whalen, his father, said at halftime that changed the morale of the team in the second half.
“He told us everything we were doing wrong,” said Whalen. “We just had to get our minds right, and it was just difficult being down at half because we aren’t used to that. To start 2-0 is pretty good, and we want to keep it rolling.”
Littlejohn is averaging a double-double for the season – 20.9 points and 11.0 rebounds a game. He also leads the team is assists (49) and steals (47). Mac Whalen is at 10.4 ppg with 47 assists and 37 steals. Morgan Whalen is averaging 8.0 points a game.
Senior guard Kristen Dickerson lit it up vs. Hammond, scoring 25 points – a bit above her season average of 21.9 ppg. Senior center Arayael Brandner finished right at her season average with 12 points and a bushel of rebounds. Neither star hit for double digits in the region opening win vs. Ben Lippen. The Highlanders girls improved to 7-9 overall.
Heathwood Hall hits the road Friday to continue region play against St. Joseph’s in Greenville.
Heathwood Hall SID Mason Snyder contributed to the story.