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Varsity Girls Move into Tie For First; Boys Hang on to Win

Varsity Girls Move into Tie For First; Boys Hang on to Win

Tiffany Helmer scored 18 points, and the SJCS Varsity girls moved into a first-place tie in Region 1-1A with a 45-28 victory at Southside Christian on Tuesday night.

On Thursday, the Knights (16-8, 6-1) will host Brashier Middle College in their final regular-season game. The Sabres (13-4, 6-1) will play at Christ Church.

If the teams both win, they will be co-champs and a tiebreaker will be played Friday at a neutral site to determine the region's top seed. If either wins and the other loses, that team will earn the title and the top seed.

Helmer had two of her three 3-pointers and eight points in the first quarter to help the Knights take a 12-5 lead. They led 21-15 at halftime and then outscored the Sabres 24-13 in the second half.

Evie Adams also had three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points. Lola Kelly had six points, and Adelia Stefanik and Harper Greer each had five points.

Varsity Boys

The SJCS Varsity boys pulled even with Southside Christian for third place by hanging on for a 35-34 victory over the Sabres Tuesday night.

On Thursday, the Knights (18-7, 2-5) will host BMC, which won the first meeting 41-38 by rallying from 13 points down at halftime and hitting a shot from beyond halfcourt at the buzzer. The Sabres (10-9, 2-5) will play at Christ Church, which is 7-0 in the region.

Against Southside Christian, St. Joe's hit six 3-pointers in the first half and led 22-20. The Knights had a 27-25 lead after three quarters and managed to hold on at the end.

Owen Smith led the Knights with 12 points, including three 3-pointers. Juan Montoya had eight points, Smith Crick seven, Jaylen Townsend and Matteo Mazza three each and Carter Bears two points.

Middle Schools

The SJCS Middle School boys lost to Mitchell Road in the semifinals of the Carolina Middle School Conference tournament Tuesday at St. Mary's.

The Knights ended a great season with a record of 12-2.

Deux Greene and Marshall Bears were recognized for being chosen for the All-Conference team. The previous day, Brynna Okuley was recognized as a member of the girls All-Conference team.

Congratulations to Brynna, Deux and Marshall!