HSGBB: JPII can’t find offensive rhythm in loss to OP

John Paul II girls basketball couldn’t generate enough at the offensive end against a stifling Orangeburg Prep defense on Monday, as the Golden Warriors’ season ended with a 37-19 loss in the SCISA 2A quarterfinals at the Sumter Civic Center.

The Indians held JPII to six points or fewer in each quarter and eased away after halftime to give coach Jan Stoudemire her 700th career win and send OP into a semifinal matchup with Beaufort Academy on Thursday. 

“We struggled to put the ball in the hoop,” JPII coach Karen Floyd said. “Our girls were exhausted trying to keep up with a veteran team with a deep bench. We are proud of our seniors for helping get us this far, and know the future is bright for JPII girls basketball.”

It was a four-point game after a quarter, but the Indians bumped the margin out to 19-10 at halftime and did enough at the defensive end to ensure JPII didn’t sneak back into the game. 

Brady Mahoney scored 10 points to lead JPII, while Maddie Heathcott added four points and five rebounds.  

JPII finishes its season with a 10-11 mark.

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