Six local teams had dreams of winning a division championship in the Carolina Invitational on Saturday, and by the end of the day, two teams accomplished the feat.
Pinewood Prep won the Palmetto Division at Bishop England with a 52-48 victory over Oakton, Va.
Cane Bay won the Patriots Division at St. John’s High School with a with a 32-22 victory over First Baptist.
Northwood Academy, meanwhile, lost in the Atlantic Division at Hanahan High School, dropping a 58-41 decision to Franklin Road Academy.
Digital Harbor topped previously undefeated West Ashley 52-38 to win the Island Division championship at Bishop England.
Greenbrier topped Wando 46-43 to win the Coastal Division championship at Hanahan.
Pinewood Prep 52, Oakton 48.
Pinewood Prep won a battle in a game that featured the defending SCISA Class AAA state champ vs. the Virginia Class AAA state champ.
“I am extremely happy with the way we played,” Pinewood coach Nancy Beatty said. “We cut down on our turnovers today and that was a big difference.”
It marked the seventh game in 11 days for the Panthers.
“I told them it was a lot of basketball in a short time but this will get us ready for region play and hopefully the postseason,” Beatty said. “This is a hard-working group. They are great to coach.”
The Panthers led the entire game, jumping to a 15-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. They led 27-24 at halftime.
Jenifer Rhodes and Katelyn Dambaugh led the Panthers with 12 points apiece. Brianna Boyd chipped in with 10.
Cane Bay 32, First Baptist 22
Cane Bay upped its record to 6-5 and gained confidence with the win over First Baptist in the Patriot Division
“For us, this was a huge win,” Cane Bay coach Greg Hall said. “This is out first year in Class AAAA and we are in a tough basketball conference. We have Region 8-AAAA games against Colleton County, West Ashley and Wando, so we have a huge hill to climb. But this gave us momentum.”
Kabreea Howell led the win with 10 points. Makayla Dudley added eight.
McKala Rhodes led First Baptist with 11 points.
“The key was the third quarter,” Hall said. “We outscored them 9-1 and held the scoreless until there was .8 seconds left. Rhodes scored 11 points in the first half. She did everything in the first half, but we focused on her in the second half.”
Digital Harbor 52, West Ashley 38
Digital Harbor made the trip from Baltimore worthwhile, knocking off West Ashley.
Alston Infiniti, a 6-5 senior who is headed to Penn State, led the Lady Rams with 14 points.
Dekeiya Cohen led West Ashley with 17 and Keosha Hardaway added 11.
Greenbrier 46, Wando 43
Jennifer McMahan led Greenbrier past Wando with 16 points, while Morgan Taylor added 14.
Kimberly Smalls led Wando with 15 points and Kearsten Duvernay added 10.
Franklin Road 58, Northwood 41
Northwood Academy suffered its first loss of the season, falling to Franklin Road Academy, 58-41, in the championship game of the Atlantic Division.
Oklahoma-bound guard Derica Wyatt scored 31 points, hitting five 3-pointers as the Panthers from Nashville cruised to victory.
Franklin Road fell behind, 4-0, early but led 16-8 after one quarter and never trailed again.
Northwood (11-1) was led by junior guard Amber Campbell’s 21 points.
David Shelton contributed to this story.
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