HSGBB: HHCA holds off PCA, one win from 4th straight crown

HSGBB: HHCA holds off PCA, one win from 4th straight crown

Fueled by another standout defensive effort, the Hilton Head Christian Academy Eagles soared into the SCISA 2A state championship game Thursday with a 32-21 dismantling of Palmetto Christian at Sumter Civic Center.

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In a rematch of last year’s title game, the Eagles took control early, building a commanding 17-7 lead in the first quarter thanks to a trio of three-pointers from sharpshooter Skylar Smith. Kenny Conroy’s squad showcased its outstanding team defense against a taller and longer Palmetto Christian side, allowing just two points in the period and extending the margin to 24-9 at halftime.

HHCA attempted to lure Palmetto Christian out of its 2-3 zone to start the second half, but PCA was content to sit in the formation and allow the Eagles to hold the ball on the perimeter for the duration of the third quarter before coming out to challenge HHCA in the fourth.

The three-time defending champs continued playing stifling defense on the other end, though, and the deficit was too much for PCA to overcome as HHCA booked its spot in the state championship game for the fourth consecutive year.

Tamya Hutchinson led a balanced scoring effort for the Eagles, posting 13 points on the afternoon. Smith sank a trio of three-pointers in the first quarter for nine points, and Abby Peduzzi tallied eight points. 

Hilton Head Christian Academy (25-2) goes for its fourth consecutive SCISA 2A title Saturday against Orangeburg Prep at 6:30 p.m. in Sumter.

By Wes Kerr

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