HSGBB: Eagles take care of OP, earn shot at 3-peat

Hilton Head Christian Academy’s girls will play for their third straight state championship after defeating Orangeburg Prep 65-35 in the semifinals of the SCISA 2A playoffs on Thursday at the Sumter Civic Center. 

Devon Yarde led all scorers with 18 points while Skylar Smith scored 12 for HHCA.

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The Eagles, like they have done all season, jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Region 4 Player of the Year Dior Shelton scored all four of her points in the first quarter to pace a balanced HHCA attack that led 14-4 after one.

The Indians threw double-teams at Shelton the rest of the game, but Molly Smith and Yarde combined to score 14 of the Eagles’ 16 points in the second quarter, propelling them to an 18-point halftime lead.

Smith caught fire in the third quarter, knocking down two three-pointers and a pair of free throws to continue the Eagles’ dominance. Yarde also showed her consistency from the charity stripe, sinking all four of her free-throw attempts in the period.

The Eagles remained steady all four quarters, as Kenzie Buchter scored all six of her points in the final period.

Hilton Head Christian looks to capture its third consecutive state title when it takes on Palmetto Christian at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sumter Civic Center.

By Trace Lowther

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