The result still wasn’t what the Hilton Head High boys were looking for, but the Seahawks showed progress in their rematch with Georgia power Richmond Hill on Tuesday, and made the undefeated Wildcats sweat in the fourth quarter.
The Seahawks trailed by double digits for most of the night but surged within four in the fourth quarter before the Wildcats closed it out. Will McCracken scored 17 points and Alex Smith added 13 points and four steals to lead the comeback, scoring eight points each in the fourth quarter to help HHIHS get within striking distance.
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Richmond Hill (9-0) led 19-8 after the first quarter and 32-27 at halftime before the Seahawks started clawing back. Sam Summa grabbed 15 rebounds — including seven offensive boards — to give the Seahawks extra possessions, and McCracken kept cashing in.
Smith sparked the offense with his defense, turning a couple of steals into breakaways, and McCracken pulled up on another fast break to drain a 3-pointer.
But the Wildcats were able to withstand the storm, and when they needed a bucket to stop the bleeding, Jaeden Marshall often obliged, scoring a game-high 22 points, including 13 in the second half. Leighton Finley added 16 points, and Liam Markgraf had 11 to help Richmond Hill hang on.
The Seahawks (2-2) play a region game at home against Colleton County on Tuesday.