The SCISA state basketball tournament begins this weekend with preliminary round games at various sites around the state. Heathwood Hall serves as host for games on Friday and Saturday.
Four Class 3A boys games are on tap Saturday at the Highlanders facility – Ben Lippen (15-10) vs. Laurence Manning Academy at 12:30 p.m., Heathwood Hall (20-8) vs. Northwood Academy at 2 p.m., Wilson Hall (18-5) vs. Augusta Christian at 3:30 p.m. and Cardinal Newman (17-6) vs. Orangeburg Prep at 5 p.m.
In other area Class 3A boys pairings, the Hammond (12-13) faces Hilton Head Christian Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Orangeburg Prep
The Class 3A girls tournament begins Friday. Cardinal Newman (12-9) takes on Porter-Gaud at 8 p.m. at Heathwood Hall, Ben Lippen (6-16) plays at Wilson Hall (18-5) at 8 p.m., Hammond (9-14) meets defending champion Hilton Head Prep at 6:30 p.m. at Pinewood Prep and Heathwood Hall (12-14) draws Northwood Academy at 5 p.m. at Pinewood Prep.