Panthers knock off Knights; Lady Panthers fall apart late

The Carolina Forest boys basketball team used a balanced scoring attack to knock off visiting West Florence 60-50 on Tuesday night at The Black Hole.

The Panthers (14-6 overall, 4-2 region) jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and never looked back en route to the key region victory.

Aaron Williams scored a game-high 13 points, Robert Gray and Hunter Yurachek added 10 points apiece and Melquan Nelson contributed nine points in the win.

The Panthers travel to Sumter on Friday.

* Girls: Carolina Forest let a late lead slip away in Tuesday night’s 44-39 defeat to visiting West Florence.

The Lady Panthers (10-11 overall, 2-4 region) led by five points entering the fourth quarter and stretched their advantage to as many as seven before the Lady Knights made their run.

West Florence’s Lacey Turner, who scored a game-high 16 points, got hot down the stretch to lead the late comeback. The Lady Knights outscored Carolina Forest 16-6 in the fourth quarter.

Carolina Forest was led by Marisa Runyon’s 10 points and teammates Brittney Burgess and Ashleigh Turner added nine points apiece. The Lady Panthers face Sumter on Friday in hopes of securing a playoff spot.

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