Defense is what they do best, and the Dolphins brought it Wednesday night. Led by a dominant defensive effort, Hilton Head Prep’s girls routed visiting Thomas Heyward 59-7.
The Dolphins took control from the outset, using their quick hands to tip passes and snatch away balls to set up opportunities on the other end. It was a balanced effort from the start for the home side with seven different players on the scoresheet in just the first quarter.
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Dan Sheehan’s squad moved the ball around beautifully, finding open looks in the paint and from beyond the arc. Ella Clark, Haylee Hopman, and Sami Heginbottom all drained threes in the opening period, giving the Dolphins a 15-0 lead.
Emma Moore impressed early in the second as HHP continued to build a commanding lead. The Hilton Head High transfer sank a pretty jumper before poking the ball away from a Rebel and taking it to the hole for a layup. Heginbottom nailed a corner three before Sadie Callen capped off the first half with an acrobatic finish at the rim, giving the Dolphins a 36-4 advantage at the halfway stage.
The defensive clinic continued in the second half, allowing just three points the rest of the way through outstanding effort forcing turnovers and difficult shots. Moore continued her tremendous play on both ends, denying easy shots at the rim and finding open space on offense to knock in layups. Junior Annie Braun found a wide open Clark, who splashed in her second three of the game before Abi Mendoza took a steal all the way to hoop for two points. Freshman point guard Gracie Henderson finished the game strong for the Dolphins, knocking down a three and nailing a deep jumper for five fourth-quarter points.
Moore scored 11 points to lead Hilton Head Prep, and Clark and Heginbottom added 10 apiece. The Dolphins got contributions from all across the lineup, as seven players scored four or more points.
Hilton Head Prep (4-6) hosts Beaufort Academy on Friday.
Thomas Heyward (0-5, 0-2) plays Hilton Head Christian Academy on Tuesday.
Written by Wes Kerr