Within the first minute of Sunday’s game, Mitchell (Fla.) High School had four points on the board. The Mustangs didn’t quite maintain that scoring pace and intensity, but they came close en route to an 81-68 win over Hilton Head High in the Seahawk Holiday Classic.
The story was the same throughout the game, as the Seahawks would score and the Mustangs would respond with a quick three-point shot.
“They were shooting the ball well, but we were playing great defense,” Seahawks forward Sam Summa said. “They kept sinking their shots and shot the ball extremely well. Credit to them.”
A frazzled Seahawk defense could not contain the fiery offense of the Mustangs, and Hilton Head High looked for a change of pace heading into the locker room at halftime down by six.
“Our mindset (at halftime) was just to keep the intensity up and keep playing defense,” said HHIHS forward Jaylen Sneed.
Unfortunately, the Seahawks couldn’t recover and lost the hard-fought battle by 13 points.
Summa led the scoring for the Seahawks with 19 points, followed by Gaston Moore with 18 points, and Sneed with 14.
Defensive intensity has been a common theme for the Seahawks this season, and while they executed that intensity tonight, they still came up short of a tournament win.
“So far…we’ve come out pretty intense on defense and it’s starting to click for us,” said head coach Chane Brown. “Being good on the defensive end of the floor will put you in games or take you out. We’ve gotten surprisingly more intense on defense and it has helped us.”
Hilton Head High will look to grab one tournament win on Monday morning on the final day of the Seahawk Holiday Classic.
Photos and story by Brooke Simons
Brooke Simons is a student-athlete at Hilton Head Island High School and an aspiring journalist. She has a passion for photography and broadcasting.