Many teams have thrown everything they have at trying to stop Beaufort High star Layla Warren. And many have failed. But May River’s girls achieved a monumental task Wednesday, holding Warren to just seven points with a stifling defensive effort to rally from a sluggish start at the offensive end for a 38-34 road win.
The Sharks managed just one field goal in the first quarter, but they held Warren scoreless to minimize the damage, trailing 6-2 after eight minutes. Then they got rolling in the post, as Morgan Scott scored four of her game-high 16 points in the second quarter and Addison Black added four of her eight in the period to help the Sharks open an 18-11 halftime lead.
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Scott and Black each added four more in the third period, as May River outscored the Eagles 14-9 in the quarter to stretch the lead to double digits.
Warren found her way to the line three times in the fourth, and Quinn Wilson capped off a 14-point night with a 3-point play as the Eagles closed the gap, but the hole was too big against May River’s stingy defense.
The Sharks (9-4, 6-2) locked up the No. 2 seed in the Region 7-4A tournament and will host Lucy Beckham in a first-round game Friday, while Beaufort (6-5, 5-4) will be the No. 3 seed and host Colleton County in the first round. If both teams advance, they’ll meet again in the semifinals Monday at May River.