CF girls blow out Knights; boys lose to WF at buzzer

Despite the ice-cold weather outside, the Carolina Forest girls basketball team came out red-hot in Thursday night’s 64-33 win over visiting West Florence to remain undefeated in Region 6-5A play.

Playing aggressively defense and while knocking down shots from the inside out, the Panthers staked a 22-3 after the opening quarter. They continued to pour it on in the second period en route to a 46-10 halftime lead before cruising the rest of the way.

Ellen Nardella led Carolina Forest with 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and Alexis Tomlin narrowly missed a double-double with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Cheyenne Pyles-Moultrie added 10 points, Aubrey Bowen had 8, Carly Skolsky 4, Alaje Stanley 4, Ally Niles 2, and Gabby Giracello 2.

The Lady Panthers (12-4 overall, 4-0 region) travel to Sumter on Friday looking to stay perfect midway through the region schedule.

* West Florence 72, Carolina Forest 71: The Panthers suffered a heartbreaking loss at the buzzer to West Florence in a back-and-fourth region battle.

Tied headed into the fourth quarter, West Florence got hot and made some big 3-pointers to pull away, but the Panthers weathered the storm and took the lead late. With a 2-point lead and with 6 seconds remaining, West Florence made a steal and banked in the game-winning trey.

Kyle Watkins had a big night with 22 points, Matt Beale chipped in 15, and Mason Garcia added 10. The Panthers play host to Sumter on Friday.

File Photo by Lindsay Hickman/My Horry News

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