HSGBB: Region champ Bobcats pass final tune-up with ease

Bluffton’s girls breezed through their final tune-up before the postseason Wednesday, as the Region 7-4A champion Bobcats blew out Lucy Beckham 50-24 on the road.

The Bobcats raced out to a 20-2 lead after one quarter, as Tacoya Heyward poured in all 12 of her points in the period. Then fellow freshman guard Katie Rodney took over, scoring six of her 12 in the second as Bluffton built a 32-11 halftime advantage.

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Rodney added two more buckets in the third, but Kayleigh Washington flexed her muscle in the paint in the second half, scoring eight of her 10 after the break. Jalynn Ferguson and Madison Washington each added six for Bluffton, which led 46-19 after three quarters before coasting to the finish.

Virginia Byrd scored six points to lead the Bengals.

The Bobcats (9-2, 9-0) will be the No. 1 seed in the Region 7-4A tournament and receive a first-round bye, but the tournament champion will claim the No. 1 playoff seed and home-court advantage throughout the Lower State playoffs.

Bluffton will host the Hilton Head High-James Island winner in Monday’s semifinals. Lucy Beckham plays at No. 2 seed May River on Friday.

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