Heathwood Hall senior center Arayael Brandner tallied the 1,000th point of her career on Friday in the Highlanders 49-21 rout of St. Joseph’s in SCISA Region 2-3A play.
Brandner nearly outscored the visiting Knights from Greenville herself, ringing up 19 points. Kirsten Dickerson also had a big night for the Highlanders with 16 points. Heathwood Hall, which had lost three of its previous four region outings, improved to 11-12 overall, 5-3 in the region.
In the nightcap, the Heathwood boys (17-7, 5-3) ended a three-game region losing streak with a 46-39 win. Mac Whalen led the Highlanders with 16 points and four steals. Corey Littlejohn had a rare off night, finishing with eight points, seven rebounds and eight turnovers. Morgan Whalen helped pick up the slack with nine points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
In other 2-3A action, Cardinal Newman split at Augusta Christian and Ben Lippen and Hammond split in Columbia.
Cardinal Newman’s boys (15-5, 6-1) maintained their two-game lead in the loss column over Heathwood Hall and Ben Lippen thanks to a 56-43 road win against Augusta Christian. The bulk of the Cardinals’ offensive production came from Jake Motto (16 points), Zach Hrovat (15), Ed Dannelly (10) and Twan Alewine (10). CN broke open a tight affair with a 17-7 surge in the third quarter.
In the opener, the CN girls hung tough for three quarters, but faded in the fourth quarter against the host Lions 54-43. The Cardinal had a 30-28 lead entering the fourth quarter before AC got down to business in the final eight minutes. The win allowed Augusta Christian (8-0 in region play to date) to clinch the region champion.
The Ben Lippen boys (12-10, 5-3) topped Hammond 78-53 behind Mitchell Deter (19 points), Andre Hennie (18) and Zach Burnett (10). A.D. Briggs canned 18 points for the Skyhawks (11-12, 3-5).
In the opener, the suddenly hot Hammond girls (7-14, 4-4) rolled the Falcons 51-30. It was the Skyhawks third region success in their last four outings. Kaki Smith paced Hammond with 18 points, Elaine Epting offered 14 in support.