Hall battle goes to Heathwood
The Heathwood Hall Highlanders jumped out to an 11–1 lead against the Wilson Hall Barons and barely looked back winning 58–40 in Sumter Friday night at the boys class 3A SCISA semifinal basketball tournament. The win earned the Highlanders a date with 4–time defending champion Pinewood Prep on Saturday.
Mac Whalen started the scoring 30 seconds in with a 3–pointer. His brother Morgan then sank a jumper in the paint, and that was followed by a fast break layup each from Joseph English and Joseph James. The Barons finally got on the board a little over three minutes in with a Claude Lathan free throw.
The Highlanders led 11–3 before Heathwood Hall superstar Corey Littlejohn got his first bucket, and after another Mac Whalen 3–pointer they led 16–3. The Barons woke up with 2:07 remaining in the first and managed an 8–3 run to close the quarter. Will Duffy led the Barons with 6 points.
Baskets from Wesley Talley and Lathan to start the second closed the gap to 18–15. The Barons’ height and 1–3–1 zone slowed the pace and made it tough for the slashing Littlejohn to get a good shot off. Heathwood coach Jeff Whalen called a timeout at the 2:47 mark with a 22–19 lead. The Highlanders then pressed the Barons getting a turnover that led to a James jumper in the paint. James then hit another jumper that was followed by two free throws from English. A free throw from Talley made the score 28–20, Heathwood, going into halftime.
Littlejohn took over in the third quarter with help from Morgan Whalen and English. His driving layup pushed the lead to ten, and he hit three out of four free throws. English got a couple of fast break layups, and Morgan Whalen two layups to fall including one where he took a very hard foul. The lead grew to 43–28 to start the final quarter.
Mac Whalen finished the game like he started it scoring seven of Heathwood’s final 15 points. Littlejohn added four as the Highlander lead fluctuated between 13 to 19 points and grew to as much as 20 with a minute to play.
Mac Whalen led Heathwood with a game–high 19 points. Littlejohn finished with 13, English added ten, James got eight, and Morgan Whalen chipped in six for the Highlanders.
Talley was the high scorer for Wilson Hall with 13 points. Lathan added 11, and Duffy finished with 9.