Hilton Head High’s girls continued one of the area’s biggest turnarounds with a 34-30 win over visiting Beaufort High on Tuesday, clinching the Region 7-4A title a year after winning only four games.
“Last year in our last game, we sat in the locker room in Beaufort and set a goal to win a region championship,” Seahawks coach Sean Rochester said. “We spoke about how we would all have to work harder and be better. Throughout the past year, we always spoke about that goal and reminded them about the process of work that it takes to get there. The hundreds of hours that these girls put in at the gym, weight room, track – it’s just great to see them achieve something that not many people would’ve believed in after last year’s four-win season.”
The Seahawks trailed 19-12 at halftime before locking down on defense and rallying for the win to claim their second region crown in three years. Miley Ray scored 16 points and Trinity Feltner added 12 to lead the Seahawks, while Darien Watkins scored 13 for Beaufort High.
The Eagles (14-8, 2-3) slip into a three-way tie for second in the region and face a critical game at Bluffton on Thursday.
The Seahawks (12-13, 4-1) wrap up the regular season at home against Colleton County on Thursday and will host a first-round playoff game on Feb. 12 — and they will remain at home for at least the second and third rounds if they keep winning.
“We know from two years ago that a region championship doesn’t equal playoff success,” Rochester said, “so we have to remain focused and keep our grind going.”