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UPDATE: THA, John Paul II playoff seeds revealed

  • Photo courtesy Thomas Heyward Academy Bayli Belger and the Rebels began the week in the hunt for the SCISA playoffs, which begin Friday.
  • Photo courtesy Thomas Heyward Academy Bobby Payne drives to the hoop. The Rebels began the week vying for a spot in the SCISA playoffs, which begin Friday.
  • Photo courtesy Thomas Heyward Academy Bryce Tillotson shoots a free throw during a recent game against St. Andrew’s.
  • Sam Richardson/John Paul II John Paul II’s boys basketball team are ready for the SCISA playoffs.

Thomas Heyward's girls earned a No. 3 seed in the Lower Bracket of the SCISA Class AA state playoffs. The Rebels will face second-seeded Spartanburg Christian 6:30 p.m. Friday at Wilson Hall. If they win, the Rebels will advance to play the Pee Dee-Robert E. Lee winner 5 p.m. Monday at the Sumter Civic Center. John Paul II's girls earned a No. 2 seed in the Lower Bracket and will oppose third-seeded Oakbrook Prep 5 p.m. Friday at the Sumter Civic Center. A win propels the Golden Warriors into a quarterfinal against the Palmetto Christian-Dillon Christian winner 3:30 p.m. Monday in Sumter. The John Paul II boys earned a No. 4 seed in the Lower State bracket and will oppose No. 1 seed Trinity-Byrnes 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Wilson Hall. A win propels the team into a quarterfinal against the Bethesda-Oakbrook winner 8 p.m. Tuesday at Wilson Hall. Thomas Heyward's boys did not qualify for the playoffs.

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EARLIER: The SCISA basketball playoff picture is taking shape. After a busy week for Thomas Heyward and John Paul II’s boys and girls teams, the Rebels and Golden Warriors are in position for playoff spots when the Class AA tournament begins Friday.

Thomas Heyward’s girls (12-8, 4-7 Region 4-AA) began the week third in the region and their playoff seed was still to be determined as of our deadline. The Rebels had wins last week over Hilton Head Prep (35-23) and Colleton Prep (41-39) and losses to Beaufort Academy (60-32), John Paul II (39-35) and St. Andrew’s (44-40).

Against Colleton Prep, Gabby Boyles led the Rebels 13 points and Alayna DeLong scored 10 points.

The Rebels’ boys (14-8, 5-7 region) began the week looking outside of the playoff picture, but were awaiting their fate. The team was in fifth place in the region (the top four are guaranteed spots) but hoped for an at-large bid.

Last week Thomas Heyward lost to Hilton Head Prep (78-49), John Paul II (67-59) and St. Andrew’s (61-39). The boys defeated Colleton Prep (69-37) and Beaufort (56-49).

Againt Colleton Prep, Owen White scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds; Trace Lowther and Bryce Tillotson each had 18 points; and Zack Black scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Bobby Payne had 18 points against Beaufort Academy. Payne’s the team’s leading scorer (10.2 PPG).

John Paul II has secured playoff spots. Led by region player of the year Tkai DeVore, the girls (20-5, 9-2 region) are second in the region behind Hilton Head Christian (18-1, 11-0).

DeVore, a Hardeeville resident, averages 19.4 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. Last week the team lost to Hilton Head Christian (44-37) and beat Thomas Heyward (39-35).

The Golden Warriors’ boys (12-13, 8-5) entered the week third in the region. Last week they lost to Hilton Head Christian (46-44) and Bethesda Academy (81-56) and beat Thomas Heyward (67-59). The team’s playoff seed is to be determined this week. The boys are led by Amere Cherry (18.2 PPG) and Rashad Battiste (17.1 PPG).

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JPII wrestling champs

The Golden Warriors’ Elijah Moreno earned the school’s first individual state championship, winning the 160-pound wrestling crown at the SCISA championships. The school had 10 competitors. Nathan Riley (120), Jonathan Field (145) and Adler Snyder (285) were second in their weight classes. Luke Burton (126) was third.

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