In a matchup of the state’s top two SCISA AAA teams, Hammond School knocked off Northwood Academy, 64-49, in the state championship game played at the Sumter Civic Center on Saturday night.
Northwood’s season ends with a 24-9 record.
Eighth-grader Jamal Edmonson scored 16 points while senior Dayquan Ancrum added 15 points for the Chargers. Senior Douglas Dwight also reached double figures with 10 points. Edmonson and senior Tayvaughan Major were selected to the all-tournament team.
Northwood trailed, 28-24, at halftime but trailed only 40-37 heading into the fourth quarter. Hammond quickly bolted out to a 47-39 lead before the Chargers cut the margin to 49-44 with 4:25 to play.
The Skyhawks struck for four quick points to open up a nine-point advantage and cruised to the victory.
“We were pretty close all night long,” said Northwood coach Anthony Houston. “At one point in the third quarter we were down 31-30 and got three consecutive stops defensively. We just couldn’t get over the hump and get the lead.
“Our effort was great tonight. We had a few too many unforced turnovers to win a championship game, but effort was never an issue. It’s disappointing, but hopefully this can fuel us to really work hard and improve for next season.”
Hammond junior guard Seventh Woods led all scorers with 19 points while Chavez Goodwin added 16 points.
“We had a good year and with a solid core group returning next year, we hope to put ourselves in this position again,” said Houston. “We lose three good seniors, important seniors, but we don’t expect to take a step backwards. We have a lot of underclassmen returning that played a lot of minutes for us this season.”