Beaufort High’s girls saw their season come to an end Saturday in the first round of the 4A SCHSL playoffs, falling 54-31 on the road to Region 6-4A champion North Myrtle Beach.
Eagles’ star senior Layla Warren led the way with 20 points, while Nezi Chinchilla added six.
Warren caps off an incredible season — and career — averaging 19.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.6 steals to lead the Eagles to a 7-7 overall record, and claiming the Region 7-4A co-player of the year honor. Claire Davis and Caroline Louw join Warren as the only three seniors on the squad.
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Eagles’ coach Reggie Jones also announced that he is stepping down as the girls hoops coach after eight seasons to focus on coaching the boys track, which will aim for its third consecutive state title this spring. Jones announced the decision in a Facebook post after the game.
“Tonight I had to let the girls know that this was my last year coaching basketball,” Jones said. “Eight years of two sports has taken its toll on me and my body. I want to thank all the young ladies that I have coached, also I want to thank my community for supporting me this long. I love you, and as always: We are Beaufort!”
While all three of these terrific student-athletes and Coach Jones will be missed next season, the emerging young talent at Beaufort High will certainly carry on their legacy.
By Trace Lowther