Elizabeth Huff had a double-double performance of 16 points and 18 rebounds to lead Dorchester Academy to a 43-33 win against Calhoun Academy in the opening round of the Orangeburg Prep Holiday Tournament on Thursday night.
Lydia Hofstetter added 8 points for DA, while Morgan Parker added 7 points and 13 rebounds.
In a game between the two T&D Region girls programs who played in state title games a year ago, the Lady Raiders dominated early, leading 25-8 at the half. But, the Lady Cavaliers (7-2 record) who scored just 17 points through three quarters of play, managed to score 16 points in the final quarter to pull to within 10 at the end.
Calhoun had taken a 4-point win at Dorchester earlier in the month. But Thursday's game saw the Lady Cavs drop a second-straight contest after winning their opening 7 games of the season.
"A lot of our shots were falling early tonight, then at the end we were hurting ourselves with our play, with bad passes and trying to push the ball too much and not getting rebounds," DA head coach Callie McClure said. "I thought there were some good things from my girls, getting rebounds early and keeping possession of the ball as much as possible.
"We were wanting to see who works well together for us on the court in different goupings. (Huff) is getting more confident taking her shots and becoming more assertive and grabbing rebounds. Everybody is dealing with new roles and doing the best they can. I really don't know the difference between the first time we played (Calhoun) and tonight."
CA was led by Anna Banks Turberville with 12 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals and a blocked shot. Rachel Ulmer and Rebecca Haigler each added 9 points apiece. Ulmer added 4 rebounds and 3 steals, while Haigler added 5 rebounds and 5 steals.
DA jumped ahead 12-1 by the end of the first quarter, as 5 different Lady Raiders scored early. Huff netted 6 points in the second quarter and 8 in the third quarter, as DA kept up the scoring pace.
The only negative on the scorebook for DA was going just 3-for-9 at the free throw line.
The Lady Raiders (4-4 record) will next play host Orangeburg Prep on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. in the girls championship game of the tournament.
The Lady Cavaliers will play Clarendon Hall on Saturday at Orangeburg Prep at 12:30 p.m. in the varsity girls consolation game.
Orangeburg Prep 67
Clarendon Hall 26
The Lady Indians opened the Orangeburg Prep Holiday Tournament with a win against the Lady Saints on Thursday, getting double-digit scoring from three players.
The home team led 39-14 at the half, building the lead early for the win.
OPS was paced by Marlee Robinson with 14 points, while Madison Garrick and Alyson Hay each added 11 points apiece, and Lindsay Salley added 7 points.
Whitney Avins led Clarendon Hall with 15 points.
OPS (7-4 record) will play host to Dorchester Academy on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. in the girls championship game of the tournament.
VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL
Orangeburg Prep 58
Calhoun Academy 38
Benjamin Davis scored 17 points and snagged 6 steals to lead OPS to a win against Calhoun Academy in the opening round of the Orangeburg Prep Holiday Tournament on Thursday at OPS.
Bill Metts added 11 points and 9 rebounds for the Indians, while Will Shaw added 11 points and Hunter McClain added 9 points and 4 assists.
OPS (7-4 record) will play host to Clarendon Hall on Saturday in the tournament championship at 7:45 p.m.
Calhoun Academy will play at OPS on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Dorchester Academy in the boys consolation game.
Clarendon Hall 69
Dorchester Academy 63
Zyan Gilmore scored 34 points to lead the Clarendon Hall varsity boys to a win against the Raiders in the opening round of play in the Orangeburg Prep Holiday Tournament on Thursday.
Tyrese Mitchum added 9 points for the Saints, while Dylan Way added 8 points.
Dorchester was led by Lance Brownlee with 24 points, Colby Weeks with 10 points and Ben Murray with 9 points.
Clarendon Hall will play in the championship game of the tournament on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. at Orangeburg Prep.