High School Sports

Highlanders host AC in SCISA hoops

Heathwood Hall’s first-place basketball teams return to SCISA Region 2-3A play Tuesday at Augusta Christian.

The spotlight will be on the opener when the Highlanders and Lions will battle it out for sole possession of the top spot in the standings. Both team enter with 3-0 region records. The Highlanders (8-9 overall) are led by seniors Kristen Dickerson and Arayael Brandner, who are averaging 16.0 and 12.3 points a game, respectively, in region play. Elizabeth Alewine, who pumped in 27 points in the Lions 54-45 win at Cardinal Newman on Friday, is the AC leader.

In the nightcap, the Heathwood boys (14-4, 3-0) must guard against overconfidence against the last-place Lions. Sophomore Corey Littlejohn is averaging 19.8 points and 11.4 rebounds a game, and also leads the Highlanders in assists (54) and steals (50). Mac Whalen is averaging 10.6 points, leads the team with 35 3-point field goals and has 52 assists and 38. Morgan Whalen is averaging 8.0 points, while Joseph James and Coleman Davis are averaging 6.7 and 6.6 points a game, respectively.

Littlejohn had 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists in Friday’s 50-32 win at St. Joseph’s, while Mac Whalen had 12 points, nine boards and four assists. Whalen went 4-for-6 from 3-point range in the game.

Tuesday’s games

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

Region 2-3A boys standings

Heathwood Hall 3-0; Ben Lippen 2-1; Cardinal Newman 2-1; Hammond 1-2; St. Joseph’s 1-2; Augusta Christian 0-3.

Region 2-3A girls standings

Heathwood Hall 3-0; Augusta Christian 3-0; Cardinal Newman 2-1; Ben Lippen 1-2; Hammond 0-3; St. Joseph’s 0-3.