Wilson Hall came up empty in the two championship games in the SCISA Region 23-3A tournament Tuesday night at the Sumter Exhibition Center. Orangeburg Prep topped the Barons girls 50-41, while Florence Christian nipped the WH boys 52-50 in the tournament title doubleheader nightcap.
The wins allowed the OP girls and FC boys to finish with 2-1 advantages against Wilson Hall in region matters this season. But the only seeding implications that change with the region tournament outcome is on the girls side. OP and Wilson Hall split during the conference season and shared the region championship. The tournament win likely will give the Indians the seeding priority for the SCISA state tournament that begins on Saturday. Though Florence Christian ended up with two wins in three tries against Wilson Hall, the Barons will still be the region’s No. 1 seed in the state tournament because they claimed the outright region championship during the regular season.
Barkley Stoudenmire and Kate Edwards combined for 40 points to pace OP. Stoudenmire tallied a game-high 22 points and Edwards added 18 for the Indians, who enter the state tournament with a 25-4 record. Wilson Hall (18-5) limited region player of the year Lauren Holley to just one point, but had no answers for either Stoudenmire or Edwards, or OP’s pressing defensive tactics, for that matter. Kendall Painter and Whitney Townes scored 11 points apiece for the Barons.
FC (17-7) got 23 points from region player of the year and tournament MVP David Waring, whose two free throws with six seconds left proved to be decisive. Reid Schwartz led Wilson Hall (18-5) with 15 points.