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Results & Some Coaches Comments From SCISA A/AA Girls Playoff Action In Sumter Tuesday

Results & Some Coaches Comments From SCISA A/AA Girls Playoff Action In Sumter Tuesday

Hilton Head Christian Favored To Win AA Girls Title While Newberry Academy favored To Win SCISA Class A Title But Cathedral, Patrick Henry Standing In Their Way   

From Staff Reports

Sumter—The Hilton Head Christian (22-1) Lady Eagles confirmed they are the team to beat in SCISA AA this season as they defeated Marlboro Academy 67-36 at the Sumter Civic Center on Tuesday and the team is heavily favored to win their third straight AA title this Saturday.

However, they have to beat an 18-2 Orangeburg Prep team that defeated Spartanburg Day 37-26 in quarter finals action to advance to play HHCA on Thursday.

“We are playing really well right now and our man-to-man defense is spot on right on right now,” said HHCA head coach Kenny Conroy from the Sumter Civic Arena Monday night. “We expect Orangeburg Prep to come out in a man-to-man defense and play us very physical. They do a good job of passing the ball around to find the best percentage shot.

“Earlier this year we beat Palmetto Christian by 18 points and they are in the other AA bracket and we could be playing them in the finals if we are able to get by Orangeburg Prep,” said Coach Conroy.

Against Marlboro Academy the 2019-20 HSSR-SCISA AA Player of the Year Dior Shelton scored 18 points while talented sophomore and defensive hammer Abby Peduzzi scored 17 points. Molly Smith chipped in 10- points and Devon Yarde had 9 points.

In other SCISA action the Orangeburg Prep girls were le din their win over Spartanburg Day by sophomore guard Campbell Delaney with 10 points and several steals along with Ryn Grubbs who had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Indians.

After their game on Monday O-P veteran head coach Jan Stoudenmire told the HSSR, “We decided to go man-to-man for one of the few times this season today and it paid off for us,” said Coach Stoudenmire. “We felt like the team that won the battle on the boards would probably win the game and we won that battle tonight.

“I am not saying what we are going to run against Hilton Head Christian so we could have game time surprises for them,” said Coach Stoudenmire well aware HHCA head coach Kenny Conroy was scouting her team from the stands.  “They are a very talented team and last year we were in AAA so coming down to AA we are still learning about many of the teams. We know they are well coached and you do not win two back-to-back state titles like they have if you do not have good coaching and good athletes.

“This was a huge team win tonight and I felt like we played well as a unit,” said Coach Stoudenmire. “Campbell and Ryn led us in scoring with 10 points each and Ryn added 10 rebounds inside. Campbell had several nice steals and we converted most of those into points. We just need to keep playing well as a team and see and see what happens.”

In the AA nightcap game Monday between Palmetto Christian (16-5) and Lee Academy (10-7) the Lady Eagles got 31 points out of senior power forward Katelyn Howard to dominated the Lady Cavaliers 75-25.

Head PCA Sarah Jenkins had PCA ready to play as they led 24-6 after the first period and stretched the lead to 41-12 at the half. Howard had 21 points at the break followed by Yannah Seaberry who had 14. Seaberry ended up with 22 points while and Cokey Suddeth contributed 10 points.

Lee Academy was led in scoring by seniors Caleigh Barrett and Martha Jane Logan. Barrett recently scored her 1000th career point.   

PCA will now play Beaufort Academy in the semi-final on Thursday. Beaufort Academy defeated Spartanburg Christian on Monday to advance.

Over at Wilson Hall on Monday there were four SCISDA Class A quarter-finals games played in side-by-side adjacent gyms at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Newberry Academy (23-0) girls won the SCISA Class A volleyball title in the fall and they would like nothing more to also win the SCISA Class A girls’ basketball championship.

They certainly played like champions on Monday against St. Johns Christian Academy winning 45-27 to stay undefeated this season.

“This is our first time being back in the semi-finals since 2014 and these girls have been playing together since the 5th grade,” said head Newberry Academy head coach Barry Kelser. “The majority of the girls on our basketball team also played volleyball so they really are working hard to get a championship in both sports this season.”

Against SJCA the top scorers for NA were junior point guard Daja Taylor with 16 points, and 5-10 junior guard Kailey Cheeks had 12 points and London Huggins chipped in with 10. Madison Rivers and Caroline Senn also added six points each in the winning effort.

Newberry Academy will now challenge Cathedral Academy in a semi-finals game this Thursday.

Cathedral Academy (14-2) is head coached by Chris Pouyat and they defeated Dorchester Academy, 63-53, to advance to the semi-finals against undefeated Newberry Academy.

“Last year we beat Newberry Academy by 13 points in the playoffs but they have added a very talented point guard who transferred from Oakbrook Prep (Daja Taylor) and she has made a huge difference for them this season,” said Coach Pouyat. “We look forward to the challenge of playing them.”

Cathedral was led in scoring by freshman point guard Jalyn Almeida with 34 points and Matti Riddick with 19 points. “It is a great moment because we are not use to beating a well-coached team like Dorchester Academy and they just kept coming at us,” said Coach Pouyat. “Jalyn hit like 10 of 11 free throws in the fourth period to prevent them from coming back.

“We knew Dorchester Academy liked to push the ball down into the paint and they do not shoot much from the outside so we were ready for a physical game in the paint and that it just what we got,” said Coach Pouyat. “We know playing Newberry Academy in the semi-finals will be a challenge. Their point guard gives them such a great transition game. We expect a very close back-and-forth game.”

In the 7 p.m. SCISA Class A games Richard Winn defeated Lowcountry Prep 45-39 while Patrick Henry beat Wardlaw Academy 60--32.  Richard Winn will now challenge Patrick Henry in the semi-finals.    

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