Hilton Head High’s girls survived a defensive struggle Tuesday, beating visiting Darlington 33-30 in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
The Seahawks used suffocating defense and strong rebounding to hold the Falcons to eight first-half points, but they found themselves down by one with less than a minute to play before Miley Ray drove for a bucket to put Hilton Head High back on top. After forcing a Darlington turnover, freshman Kenzie Ryan hit a pair of free throws with eight seconds left to seal the win.
“It’s probably as big of a win as this program has seen in the last decade,” Seahawks coach Sean Rochester said. “Our girls played together, executed our game plan and found a way to win. They embraced being an underdog against a team that was ranked in the top 10 of the SCBCA 4A state rankings almost all season. All the work they’ve put in together, and to have an amazing crowd tonight — just a great night for our program.”
Ray led Hilton Head High with 12 points and Trinity Feltner added nine.
The Seahawks will host seventh-ranked Myrtle Beach at 6 p.m. Friday.