HSGBB: HHCA pulls away after rare scare from HHP

HSGBB: HHCA pulls away after rare scare from HHP

Hilton Head Christian Academy girls basketball survived another tough test from Hilton Head Prep on Friday, defeating the Dolphins on the road 51-37.

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The Eagles held a narrow 11-10 lead after the first quarter and extended the advantage to 31-23 at the halfway stage. Hilton Head Prep’s defensive pressure after halftime befuddled their rivals, holding HHCA to just nine points in the third quarter to trim the lead to 40-37. But the Eagles locked it down with their defense in the final period, shutting out the Dolphins in the final eight minutes to secure a hard-fought win.

It was the biggest challenge the Eagles have faced in a region game this season, but it wasn’t enough to end their 58-game region winning streak that dates to 2017.

“It’s difficult for us to match up player to player. However, as a team, we match up,” HHP coach Phillip Hartman said. “In the fourth quarter, we stopped playing like a team and got caught up in the individual matchups. The players need to do a better job and so do I.”

Jai’da Grayson came up huge for the Eagles in a battle on the road, leading her team with 17 points. Tamya Hutchinson scored 16 points, and Abby Peduzzi posted 12.

Hilton Head Prep’s Courtney Campbell led all scorers with 20 points, and sister Katie Campbell added 10. 

Hilton Head Christian (15-2, 8-0) headed back home Saturday to face Savannah Christian. Hilton Head Prep (13-6, 4-3) faces a tough challenge on the road Monday at Northwood Academy. Check LowcoSports.com later for a complete recap of that game. 

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