Shannah Stewart caught fire in the second half, and the Coastal Hurricanes broke open a tight game to earn a 45-34 road win over Hilton Head Prep on Friday night.
Both squads started out strong in the opening minutes. Stewart got the ball rolling quickly for the Hurricanes, connecting on a pair of layups to give her team an early advantage. But the Dolphins sprang to life with Annie Braun and Emma Moore jumpers before a Haylee Hopman triple gave the home team a one-point lead.
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Moore banked in a mid-range shot and Abi Mendoza hit a pair of free throws to keep Prep’s one-point advantage after one quarter. The teams continued to trade buckets in the second, as an Ella Clark three was matched by triples from Kyjana Jordan and Katie Johnson. Abigail Alldredge scored on a sweet pass from Stewart to give the visitors a one-point lead heading into the half.
Clark gave the Dolphins the lead right back on the first possession of the second half, but Stewart answered again. The junior corralled her own miss on her way to a three-point play before hitting another jumper for five quick points. Moore and Clark responded right away to even the game at 23. It looked like this one would be in doubt all the way to the final seconds, but the Hurricanes suddenly grasped full control midway through the third quarter.
It became the Shannah Stewart show, as the guard put the team on her back, knocking down shot after shot to spark a game-changing 17-0 run. Her 12-point outburst in the third fueled the squad’s defensive effort, taking the Dolphins out of their rhythm while forcing poor shots and turnovers.
Hilton Head Prep was held off the board for nearly an entire quarter’s length of time, and the ‘Canes were making plays all over the court, feeding off the energy of their fans. The Dolphins were finally able to make a push, but it was too late. Clark found her stroke with 13 second-half points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Coastal’s second-half surge.
Clark led the Dolphins with an outstanding 17-point performance. Emma Moore added eight points and Annie Braun tacked on four.
Hilton Head Prep (3-3) is right back at it Saturday afternoon, hosting St.Vincent’s.