Carolina Forest boys, girls suffer region loss to Sumter

The Carolina Forest boys basketball team suffered its first region loss of the season 72-68 in overtime Tuesday night to visiting Sumter.

The Gamecocks jumped out to a huge early advantage, leading 23-9 after one period, but the Panthers scratched and clawed their way back into it for the rest of regulation.

Carolina Forest (12-5 overall, 2-1 Region VIII-AAAA) took the lead entering the fourth quarter and the two teams battled back and forth to a 59-all tie at the end of regulation.

The Gamecocks got the better of the Panthers in the extra period, thanks in part to Duane Kyles’ game-high 19 points. Teammate Ernest Birth scored 12 points and Tre Woods and Reggie Bonner added 11 apiece for Sumter.

Carolina Forest got a team-high 16 points from Jarvez Holmes and Will Brunson had a big night with 13. Robert Gray chipped in 12 points and Aaron Williams had 11.

The Panthers return to region play Friday night at rival Conway.

Girls: The Carolina Forest girls basketball team suffered an offensive breakdown against Sumter on Tuesday night, falling 54-26 in the Region VIII-AAAA showdown.

The Lady Panthers (9-9 overall, 1-2 region) were limited to only five points in each of the first three quarters by the Lady Gamecocks (11-4, 3-0) before making a relative offensive explosion in the fourth with 11 points.

Sumter led 33-10 at halftime and was never threatened, led by Danielle McFadden’s game-high 20 points and Kadijah Rembert’s 11 points.

Carolina Forest was led in scoring by Marisa Runyon’s 11 points and in rebounding by Cristina Wright’s nine rebounds. The Lady Panthers return to action Friday night at Conway.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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