HSGBB: BA defense shines in region win at JPII

HSGBB: BA defense shines in region win at JPII

Beaufort Academy girls basketball stepped up big at the defensive end Tuesday, forcing 30 turnovers and shutting down the flow of John Paul II’s offense in a 63-47 road win.

Mike’Ala Washington scored 17 points, Tahleea Heyward added 16, Mary Hanna Hiers contributed 14, and Kamirah Freeman scored nine in a balanced effort at the offensive end for BA, but the Eagles were even stronger on defense.

“It was a great team effort tonight,” BA coach Andrew Ienuso said. “Really proud of how we played on the defensive side of the ball. We forced a lot of turnovers and got out in transition, which led to a balanced scoring attack. Tremendous effort tonight in a key region game.”

The Eagles led 30-21 at halftime and eased away after the break despite JPII dominating the boards. Three Golden Warriors pulled down double-digit rebounds, as Maddie Heathcott collected 16 points and 12 rebounds, Savannah Trott added 14 points and 10 boards, and Brady Mahoney had 12 boards to go with five steals.

“We beat ourselves tonight,” JPII coach Karen Floyd said. “It’s hard to win with 30 turnovers. On a positive note, we got a lot of rebounds and had moments when we looked very good.”

BA (11-4, 2-1) hosts Thomas Heyward on Thursday in a region matchup, while JPII (2-4, 0-2) travels to St. Vincent’s on Thursday for a non-region game.

Photo by Alex Williams

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