The playoffs are where stars are born, and Anna Ferrebee rose to the occasion on Wednesday night. The junior standout couldn’t be stopped, scoring six goals to lead Hilton Head High girls lacrosse to a 13-9 victory over visiting Philip Simmons in the first round of the SCHSL Class 4A playoffs.
“It definitely means a lot,” Ferrebee said. “We’ve worked very hard for everything that we’ve done, and it showed on the scoreboard tonight.”
The Seahawks got off to a strong start on their home field, racing out to a 4-1 lead in the first 10 minutes of play. But the Iron Horses found their game late in the opening half, forcing turnovers and excelling in transition to spark a 5-1 scoring run.
After scoring two goals in the final minute of the first half to take a 6-5 lead, Hilton Head came up with an incredible answer just before the buzzer. Ferrebee sped across the field and quickly slung the ball into the net with just six seconds left in the half to tie the game going into halftime.
“I was very happy and surprised that I scored that goal,” Ferrebee said. “I’m just very glad overall that I scored to help my team out.”
The late goal swung momentum over to the home side, and the Seahawks kept it rolling into the second half, scoring four straight including two more from Ferrebee to grab a 10-6 lead. Philip Simmons looked to respond at the other end, but goalkeeper Megan Rickenbach was sensational in the second half, robbing the Iron Horses on several solid chances on net.
The visitors cut the deficit to three several times in the second half, but couldn’t get any closer as Brooke Simons and Ella Christie scored in the final minutes to seal the playoff victory.
Ferrebee could not be contained all night long, scoring six goals to lead the Seahawks. Bailey Olive netted two, Simons and Christie each added two goals plus an assist, and Christie led her squad with nine ground balls. Sofia Cavano scored a goal with an assist, and Rickenbach was outstanding in net, making an incredible 15 saves to help the Seahawks secure the victory.
Hilton Head High (10-3) will look to keep its postseason run going on Friday, as Ferrebee and the fourth-seeded Seahawks host No. 5 seed AC Flora (11-4) in the second round of the SCHSL playoffs. The Falcons defeated Academic Magnet 15-9 in their first-round game.
“The key is to focus, have patience, work really hard in practice,” Ferrebee said, “and just have the mentality to stick it out together as a team.”
By Wes Kerr