Starting off the game slowly seems to be a pattern among Lowcountry basketball teams lately. But there’s an old saying that goes, “It’s not how you start it’s how you finish,” and that adage held true Wednesday night at The Nest, as Hilton Head High’s boys topped visiting Battery Creek 60-46.
After a tight first quarter ended with the Dolphins trailing by two, the Seahawks turned it up and extended their lead to 11 points heading into the locker room at halftime.
The scoring effort slowed in the second half when the Seahawks began to focus on their defensive pressure.
“Our defense carried us to the victory,” HHIHS coach Chane Brown said. “That’s what we’ve been working on, so that can be our identity going forward as being a defensive team.”
The defense was on fire in the third period, holding the Dolphins to only 11 points during the period, and continued to remain strong throughout the second half.
Sam Summa led all scorers with 16 points followed by Jaylen Sneed with 11. Obie Wilson had 13 points and Amoni Waring added nine for the Dolphins.
The Seahawks will travel to May River on Friday night for another key Lowco-on-Lowco matchup.
“We just want to keep the momentum going (into Friday night),” Summa said, “We know May River is going to be a good team but we just want to keep going, keep firing, keep getting after it and get another win this Friday.”
HHIHS (3-2) at May River, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Battery Creek (1-4) vs. Whale Branch, 7 p.m. Saturday