It’s been a good holiday season on the basketball floor for Isaiah Hill.
The Richmond Hill senior scored a total of 50 points, made a game-winning free throw and set a personal milestone in leading the Wildcats to wins Tuesday and Wednesday in the Metter Holiday Tournament.
On Wednesday, Hill hit a free throw with seven seconds left to give the ’Cats a one-point lead, and Islands missed a layup at the buzzer to give RHHS a 72-71 victory.
Richmond Hill (9-5) trailed by double digits in the first half, as the strong-shooting Sharks — Islands shot 13-of-29 on 3 pointers — were hitting shots early. However, RHHS got the deficit down to four points by halftime.
“I was proud of the way our guys didn't panic when things weren't going our way and stuck to the game plan to get back into the game,” Wildcats head coach Bill Henderson said.
Hill had 28 points, while Zane McKenzie had 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocks. Trey DeLoach had 12 points.
On Tuesday, Hill scored 22 points to lead Richmond Hill to a 62-40 win over Woodville-Tompkins.
Hill also scored his 1,000th career point in the first quarter of the game.
McKenzie chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats.
“We played fairly well for our first game back after the break. We were sloppy at times, but overall it was a good effort,” Henderson said. “We struggled at the free throw line (11 of 24), which is an area that we are really going to have to improve on as the season progresses.
The Richmond Hill girls’ team got its second win of the season by topping Islands 47-43 on Wednesday in the Metter Holiday Tournament.
Getting the win in a close, back-and-forth contest like Wednesday’s game was huge for the Lady Wildcats, RHHS head coach Sarah Brown said. Five of Richmond Hill’s losses this season have been by seven or fewer points.
“We've battled close games all year and haven't been able to finish them in the end, so finishing this game was big,” she said.
Jamie Bunting had 18 points to lead Richmond Hill (2-11). Tiara Gandy had 10 points, while Jazlyn Martin had eight points and 14 rebounds.
On Tuesday, RHHS kept it close against Woodville Tompkins before falling 62-49. The Lady Wildcats (2-11) trailed by two at halftime despite a slow start, but went on a run in the third period and led by five to start the final period.
Free throws, however, proved the Lady Wildcats’ undoing, as they shot only 3 of 13 from the foul line in the fourth period. The Wolverines turned those misses into rebounds and then points, and made their own free throws once RHHS was forced to foul.
Martin led RHHS with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Bunting finished with 10 points, while Aubri Reed added eight points and five steals.
The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats play host to Wayne County in a nonregion doubleheader tipping off at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Bryan County News staff contributed to this story.