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Hilton Head High 48, Hanahan 40: The Hilton Head Island High School boys basketball team clinched a Class 3-A playoff spot Thursday night, defeating Hanahan 48-40 while also guaranteeing the Seahawks their first winning record since the 2003-04 season -- the last season before Bluffton High School opened.
The Seahawks (13-11 overall, 5-5 Region 8-AAA) built a 23-10 lead by halftime but had to hold on down the stretch. Hanahan had cut the deficit to four points, but Hilton Head managed to hang on despite not making a field goal in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks did make 8 of 12 shots from the free-throw line in the final period, and were 19 of 25 total.
Aaron Frazier finished with 19 points for Hilton Head, which wrapped up the third seed out of Region 8 and will open the playoffs on the road Tuesday. Michael Julian, who was 7 of 10 from the line, finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocked shots.
Hanahan finishes the season with a 4-6 record in the region.
Ridgeland-Hardeeville 83, Bishop England 56: Terrance Frazier scored 23 points, Charles Mitchell had 19, and Kevon Williams added 10 points and seven assists as the Jaguars finished the regular season with a victory.
Ridgeland-Hardeeville (11-12 overall, 7-7 Region 6-AA) finishes as the fourth seed out of Region 6 and will open the playoffs Wednesday at the top seed out of Region 5.
Battery Creek 62, Academic Magnet 59: Devontae Wilson led all scorers with 23 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead the Dolphins (13-10, 11-3) to a victory to close the regular season and second place in Region 6-AA.
Yuneek Crittendon added 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Cleveland Hampton grabbed nine rebounds, while Eric Freeman had six points and 10 rebounds.
The Dolphins host playoff game at 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Silver Bluff.
Bible Baptist 53, Beaufort Academy 40: Conner Akers scored 13 and had three assists to lead the Eagles, who fell in the opening round of the SCISAA Region 1-AA tournament at Thomas Heyward Academy.
Charles Sanford added nine points and five rebounds, while Preston Suber and Finn Koppernaes each had eight points and five rebounds.
The Eagles (8-13) trailed just 24-17 at half, but Bible Baptist's Aaron Stiney scored 10 of his team-high 13 in the third quarter.
Beaufort Academy plays at Hilton Head Christian on Tuedsay and will know for sure Wednesday about its playoff fate.
Charleston Collegiate 85, Thomas Heyward 39: Charleston Collegiate advanced to face Bible Baptist on at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the final of the SCISAA Region 1-AA tournament.
Hilton Head Island 31, Hanahan 30: Rachel Friend had not made a shot the whole game when she found herself open with less that 10 seconds remaining Thursday at Hilton Head Island High.
Friend hit a long two-point shot from just inside the arc with seven seconds left to give the Seahawks the win and a tie for second in Region 8-AAA with Hanahan. Hilton Head High gets the No. 2 seed based on overall record excluding tournaments.
"Rachel had the open look. We were trying to get the ball inside, but the ball was swung to Rachel, and she was open," Hilton Head Island coach Dave Greenberg said. "We want her to take that shot. It's an open shot, you've got to take it. And she did and I'm really happy for her."
After Friend's clutch shot, the Seahawks prevented Hanahan from getting a shot off before the end of the game. The defense was stout for the Seahawks. They held the Hawks to 14 points through the first three quarters.
The Seahawks learned on Thursday that they would definitely be without Lauryn Bush for the rest of the season. She tore the ACL in her right knee with two minutes remaining in Tuesday's win over Stall.
"Other kids had to step up," Greenberg said. It was a huge effort by us. Defensively, we were really good. And we gave the game ball to Lauryn."
Americal Jenkins led the way for Hilton Head Island with 13 points and 10 rebounds, her 15th double-double this season. She added five assists and seven steals.
Savannah Reier added six points, four assists and three steals, while Macy King and Brennan O'Gorman each scored four. Like Friend, Zionne Campbell had just one basket, the next to the last of the game for the Seahawks. It also put them up by a point.
Hilton Head Island will host a playoff game on Monday.
"It's a huge win for us," Greenberg said. "I'm really happy for the team."
Battery Creek 36, Academic Magnet 29: Daisja Cannon and Maddie Dearsman each scored nine to lead the Dolphins, who are assured a playoff spot from Region 6-AA.
Alex Bazemore added seven points, and Erica Austin scored just three, but grabbed 15 rebounds.
Battery Creek finishes the regular season 15-5, 9-5 in the conference.
Thomas Heyward 55, St. Andrews 31: The Rebels (19-2) advance to the championship of the SCISAA Region 1-AA tournament at Thomas Heyward Academy. The Rebels face Bible Baptist in the championship at 6 p.m. Friday.
Bible Baptist 50, Beaufort Academy 11: Bible Baptist defeated the Eagles (9-10) to advance to the championship game of the SCISAA Region 1-AA tournament at Thomas Heyward Academy.