A long holiday hiatus combined with a COVID-19 pause and a tough schedule coming out of the break left John Paul II hankering for a win for more than six weeks. The Golden Warriors finally got a taste Monday, pulling away in the second half for a 53-20 home win over Thomas Heyward.
The Rebels stayed in the game in the first half, frustrating the Golden Warriors in their halfcourt sets to get into the locker room trailing just 26-14, and THA held the line for the first few minutes coming out of halftime. But Cayce Graves provided a spark for JPII with a flurry of steals leading to easy buckets as Gracie Henderson knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in a row as the Golden Warriors closed out the third quarter on a 14-0 run to blow it open.
“It felt good to get the win after a tough week,” JPII coach Karen Floyd said. “We shot better and cut our turnovers down significantly from the last few games. Our press made a big difference as well.”
Graves led the way with 14 points and four steals, while Brady Mahoney added 10 points, nine boards, and five steals in a terrific effort. Henderson hit a trio of triples for nine points, Caroline Gilmour added six points and four boards and provided excellent post defense, and Maddie Heathcott had four points and eight rebounds.
Brooke Smith scored six points, and Keleigh Bowers and Macey Taylor added five each for the Rebels.
JPII (3-5, 1-2) is back in action Tuesday at Colleton Prep, while THA (1-9, 0-3) travels to Hilton Head Prep on Tuesday.
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