Halftime is about adjustments.
A coach can diagram his X's and O's a little differently and decide who's hot and who's not. What happens in the locker room can affect the first three minutes of the second half, the most critical stage in a contested game.
That was the case during Saturday night's Class AA playoff boys game between North Charleston and Andrews. The host Cougars led by only four at halftime, 21-17, but coach Blake Hall made a slight adjustment and the Cougars went on an 8-0 run the first three minutes to push the lead to 29-17. The Yellow Jackets (12-14) never recovered as the Cougars (20-6) posted a 57-40 victory.
"We adjusted our defense," Hall said. "Rebounding was a big factor in the first half. We were giving them too many second-chance buckets. We limited their inside game."
North Charleston advances to Wednesday's third round and hosts Mullins.
"You have to give Andrews credit,"
Hall said. "They played us tough in the first half, and gave us a ballgame. But our kids had something to prove. They responded to the challenge."
James Brown led the Cougars with 19 points, but he had plenty of help. Bernard Samuel and Anthony Williams each scored 17 points. Samuel reached double figures the hard way. He had only one point in the first half.
Harold Langley led Andrews with 14 and Travis Collins tallied 13.
Andrews (40): Langley 14, Collins 13, Davis 6, McCrea 2, Johnson 1, Williams 2, Hart 2.
North Charleston (57): Samuel 17, Brown 19, Williams 17, Raynor 4.