High School Sports

CN boys increase region lead with tight win vs. Ben Lippen

Cardinal Newman increased its lead in SCISA Region 2-3A boys basketball on Tuesday thanks to a hotly-contested 51-47 win over Ben Lippen. The Cardinals (14-5, 5-1) now have a two-game lead in the loss column over both Ben Lippen and Heathwood Hall.

Twan Alewine rang up a season-high 17 points and had solid backing of old reliables Jack Motto (13 points) and Zach Hrovat (10) as the Cardinals averaged a 56-51 first-half loss to the Falcons. Mitchell Deter led Ben Lippen (11-10, 4-3) with 16 points and Andre Hennie chipped in 13.

The Cardinal Newman girls (10-7, 4-2) maintained sole possession of second place with a 39-29 win in the opener. Alex August led the Cards with 11 points and had 10-poing backing from Molly Rainwater.

Hammond 11-11, 3-4) handed slumping Heathwood Hall (16-7, 4-3) its third straight region setback on Tuesday. The Skyhawks prevailed 69-66 in overtime, extending the game with score at the buzzer.

Aaron Walters led Hammond with 22 points, A.D. Briggs scored 17 and Cliff Ayers contributed 11. Corey Littlejohn had a another double-double with the wheeling Highlanders – 22 points, 10 rebounds. Mac Whalen had 20 points and four assists, and hit what appeared to be the game-winning shot with seven seconds to go in regulation before the host Skyhawks produced the equalizer.

In the opener, Hammond’s girls (6-14, 3-4) pulled off a 40-33 upset as Mason Castles led a balanced Skyhawks attack with 12 points. Kristen Dickerson tallied all but eight of the Highlanders points, 25 to be exact. Like the male counterparts, the Heathwood girls (10-12, 4-3) are in a slump with three losses in its last four region contests.

SCISA Region 2-3A boys standings

Cardinal Newman 5-1; Heathwood Hall 4-3; Ben Lippen 4-3; Hammond 3-4; Augusta Christian 3-4; St. Joseph’s 1-5.

SCISA Region 2-3A girls standings

Augusta Christian 7-0; Cardinal Newman 4-2; Heathwood Hall 4-3; Hammond 3-4; Ben Lippen 2-5; St. Joseph’s 0-6.