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By CINDY CROSBY firstname.lastname@example.org The Colleton Prep varsity girls basketball team took first place in their own Christmas Tournament held Saturday Dec. 21 in Walterboro. The four-team tournament included Calhoun Academy, Thomas Heyward and Andrew Jackson. The Lady Hawks defeated Calhoun Academy 42-35 in game one to advance to the championship game against Andrew Jackson where they rallied for a 42-40 win over the Confederates. Against Calhoun Academy, Langley Harter led with 28 points, 7 steals and 8 rebounds. Taylor Tomedolskey added 9 points and 4 steals and Rianna Bailey chipped in 5 points and 6 rebounds. Heather Davis had 2 steals and 5 rebounds. Rebekah Haigler and Anna Porth led Calhoun, each scoring 11 points. Other scoring included Laken Barnes 8, Faith Bookhart 3 and Kaylee Kizer 2. “The girls went into this game knowing they had to win,” said Head Coach Nicole Cain. “Coming off two loses to Calhoun, they wanted revenge. The girls came out playing hard. At half time, Heather, Rianna and Taylor all had three fouls. Taylor and Heather both got their fourth foul in the third quarter. The girls had determination, and both returned in the fourth period. Heather would foul out late in the fourth, but Taylor held out and stayed in the game.” In the championship win over the Confederates, Harter scored 33 points, pulled down 7 rebounds and accounted for 6 steals. Davis added 4 points, 4 steals and 4 rebounds. Other scoring included Tomedolskey 3 and Rachel Wright 2. Laney Stanfield led Andrew Jackson, scoring 12 points. Other scoring included Kaylee Carter 8, Avery Peek 7, Brianna Templeton 6, Hannah Scharber 4, and Morgan Walling 3. “Andrew Jackson is a tough team, but my girls came out ready,” said Cain. “At half time, we were up 23-16, but in the third period they outscored us by 11 points. The second half was very aggressive on the court with a total of 18 fouls called on both teams. With 1:30 left in the game, we were exchanging the lead back and forth with them. “I told Langley to keep driving to the basket — they would either foul her or she’d make the basket,” said Cain. “She did just what I said and drew two fouls in the last 45 seconds of the game, allowing us to keep the game tied. With less than five seconds left on the clock, Langley drew another foul and went on to make both free throws. With no timeouts remaining, I told the girls not to foul but to pressure Peek and Carter, not letting them shoot. Langley and Rachel stepped up and kept those two from getting a shot off. This was a hard-fought and well-deserved win for the girls. “I am hopeful going into the new year we will keep the momentum and win our upcoming region games,” said Cain. The Lady Hawks (4-4) will resume competition Friday Jan. 3 on the road against John Paul II in their first Region I-AA game of the season.