It was a battle until the very end, but Beaufort High’s girls did enough to pull out a crucial early-season road win Friday at Hilton Head High.
Quinn Wilson and Layla Warren combined for 27 points, lifting their squad to a 34-31 victory over the Seahawks to pick up their first region win of the campaign.
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Warren and Hilton Head’s Janiya Ferebee traded buckets early, as Ferebee sank a floater before draining a nasty stepback three at the top of the key, while Warren answered right back. The senior star knocked down a triple before Seahawk freshman sensation Lynda Young scored to put Hilton Head up three after a quarter.
But the visitors took the upper hand in the second. Warren and company found success at both ends of the floor, moving the ball around on offense and picking up steals on the defensive end to kickstart the transition game. An 11-3 surge aided by a Warren three and Wilson layup sent the Eagles back into the locker room flying high.
The frustration from the end of the first half continued into the second for the Seahawks. They had some solid looks at 3-pointers and layups, but they couldn’t execute the shots. Combined with an avalanche of turnovers thanks to a hard-working Beaufort defense, the Seahawks scored just seven points combined in the second and third quarters. But a strong defensive effort by Anna Genova and Caroline O’Brien kept the home team within just six with eight minutes to play.
It looked like the Seahawks were about to make their charge when Young converted a three-point play. But a pretty feed from the talented Warren to junior Jayla Daise followed by a Wilson three gave the Eagles a strong cushion. The Seahawks never quit, and they put together one final run sparked by a Ferebee triple. A pair of free throws from Young made it just a three-point game with under a minute left to play. The Seahawks got the ball back with a chance to tie, but a pair of Beaufort fouls turned out to be a wise decision, forcing a pair of misses at the line to close it out.
The sophomore Wilson led the victorious Beaufort effort with 14 points, and Warren was right behind with 13. Young led all scorers with 16, and Ferebee added to the Seahawk total with 12.
Beaufort (2-2, 1-1) hosts Colleton County on Friday.
Hilton Head (2-5, 1-2) visits May River on Tuesday.
Written by Wes Kerr