Heathwood Hall can’t catch Lady Dolphins
Heathwood Hall’s A’ja Wilson had 22 points and four blocks, but it was not enough to get the Lady Highlanders by the Hilton Head Prep Lady Dolphins at the SCISA 3A girls’ semifinals in Sumter Friday night. Katie Brunori led the Lady Dolphins with 18 points while Jill Brunori chipped in 14, and Becky DeRose added 12 to defeat Heathwood Hall 56–42.
Wilson almost single– handedly kept Heathwood in the game as no other Highlander scored more than four points. However, a balanced Heathwood attack built the Lady Highlanders a 10–7 lead with 1:41 remaining in the first quarter. Logan Ress’s powerful drive to the basket and Carson Lunceford’s breakaway layup got Heathwood going early. Then Wilson broke the Dolphin press and was fouled on a successful layup for a conventional 3–point play, but two quick baskets from DeRose and Jamese Franklin put the Dolphins up for good. They closed the quarter on a 9–2 run and took a 16–12 lead.
A basket from Lunceford brought Heathwood within two, but the Lady Dolphins outscored the Lady Highlanders 16–6 over the course of the next five minutes. Another drive by Ress and a basket by Wilson cut the lead to 33–24, but a pass from Jill Brunori to DeRose for a layup on a perfectly executed 4–corners play by the Lady Dolphins ended the first half.
Ress went down with a leg injury at the 6:35 mark of the third quarter. She tried to return four minutes later but quickly returned to the bench for treatment. Lunceford drew her fourth foul with 2:08 left in the third quarter, then fouled out with 33.4 seconds remaining. Meanwhile, Wilson scored four of Heathwood’s six third quarter points, and six different Lady Dolphins scored to push the lead to 45–30 going into the final quarter.
Kathleen Plum’s drive and basket gave the Lady Dolphins a 17 point lead with 6:13 to play, but six straight points from Wilson closed the gap to 49–38. However, the Lady Dolphins finished the game with a 6–2 run and moved on to the title game Saturday where they defeated Northwood 61–54.