Beaufort High’s girls tipped off their season with a thrilling 49-44 home win over crosstown rival Beaufort Academy on Tuesday.
Beaufort High senior Layla Warren returned from an in-game injury to finish with 22 points and close out the win at the free throw line, outdueling BA’s Mike’Ala Washington, who poured in a game-high 27.
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BHS had a slow start with many turnovers early in the first quarter, and BA took advantage of the turnovers and put up a quick 12 points. Despite the mistakes, BHS responded with nine points to end the first quarter and stay in the game, and both teams played great defense in the second quarter leading to a 20-19 BHS lead at halftime.
In the action packed second half both teams started flowing offensively, creating shots and making great decisions with the ball. Midway through the third quarter, BA was up thanks to Washington, who continuously knocked down contested threes, including one that put BA ahead 29-26.
But Beaufort High wouldn’t back down even with their leader, Layla Warren, injured on the bench. BHS started to become more aggressive on the offensive side of the ball, drawing fouls and taking the lead at the end of the third quarter.
With the score tied at 33 early in the fourth, both teams were exhausted. Warren had been sidelined due to injury twice in the game, but she came back and played through the pain to lead her team down the stretch.
Both teams went back and forth, trading blows until it was tied at 40 midway through the fourth quarter. The BHS defense stood strong and created turnovers to give them a 45-42 lead, and Warren came in clutch at the foul line to seal it.
The teams meet again Saturday at BA, but BA (1-1) will first travel to Porter-Gaud on Friday.
Story and photo by Gabriel Jenkins
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