Sometimes, it’s just one small play that changes the momentum of a whole game. Lynda Young’s two free throws near the end of the first half sparked Hilton Head High’s offense, and the Seahawk girls rode a 16-0 run to propel them to a 38-31 triumph over visiting Colleton County on Tuesday, earning their first victory in region play.
It didn’t start off too well for the home side. The Cougars came out with a solid game plan, delivering the ball to center Ashley Bowman, who shined in the paint. The senior scored five points in the first period to give Colleton County a one-point lead.
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Hope Dobbelaere knocked down the game’s first triple for the ‘Hawks, but a string of turnovers and long-range misses slowed the home team down while Bowman continued to dominate down low. The Cougars were looking to go into halftime with a strong lead, but a small unforced error changed the entire scope of the game.
With her team trailing by six, Young missed the front end of a 1-and-1 but Colleton was called for a lane violation. The freshman got the second opportunity and made the Cougars pay, hitting both shots. A suddenly frustrated Cougars squad then gave the ball away, and Anna Genova converted from close range before a Young bucket tied things up at 18. What was a comfortable lead turned into anyone’s game.
The momentum kept on building for the Seahawks, as Young feasted at the hoop, scoring four early points to build an impressive 16-0 run spanning the end of the first half and the beginning of the second.
But the Cougars did not quit. Shandi Brown rattled off four straight points to cut the lead to just four, and a clutch Heaven Green triple put Colleton within a bucket to end the third. But they could not find their offense in the final frame, as mistakes snowballed together to produce only four fourth-quarter points.
Young finished off a tremendous outing with an incredible effort play. After corralling a high pass, she rebounded her own miss and scored over a defender, building the Seahawks’ cushion and showing her determination to never give up on a play. Hilton Head nailed six free throws in the final minutes to nail down their first region win.
Young continued her strong start to the season, leading the way with 15 points. Janiya Ferebee posted seven points while sinking 5-of-6 free-throw attempts. Caroline O’Brien and Dobbelaere added five each, and Genova put together a tremendous defensive effort, tipping passes and swatting away shots all night long.
Shandi Brown paced the Cougars with 12 points. Bowman tallied eight, and Makayla Chisolm added six.
Hilton Head (2-4, 1-1) hosts Beaufort High on Friday.
Colleton County (0-4, 0-1) heads back home to face Bluffton on Friday.
Written by Wes Kerr