Freshman point guard Ariana Bevan turned it her best performance yet at the varsity level to lead a balanced May River girls team to an impressive 41-28 home win over Region 7-4A rival Hilton Head High on Tuesday.
The young Sharks had been inconsistent in the early part of the season as they adjusted to life without All-State point guard Emma Peluso, but Bevan looked the part against the Seahawks, collecting eight points, four rebounds, two assists, and three steals.
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Jordan Bigham matched Bevan with eight points and added eight rebounds and three blocks, sophomores Macey Dowe and Morgan Kronimus each added six points, and freshman Morgan Kinlaw-Scott contributed five points and 10 boards for the Sharks.
The Seahawks led 7-6 after the first quarter before May River got rolling and pulled out to a 22-15 halftime lead. Hilton Head High kept it close, trailing by just six heading into the fourth quarter, but the Sharks held the Seahawks without a field goal in the final period, and HHIHS went 2-for-12 at the foul line down the stretch.
Lynda Young scored 10 points, Chyna Fields added six, and Hope Dobbelaere had five for the Seahawks.
May River (4-3, 1-1) hosts Beaufort High for a key region matchup Tuesday.
HHIHS (2-6, 1-2) hosts James Island for a region game Tuesday.