Carolina Forest sweep ends Conway basketball seasons

cfhoops-5The Carolina Forest boys and girls basketball teams ended the regular season on at least one postive note on Monday night – by eliminating rival Conway’s teams from the playoffs.

The Panthers (10-12 overall, 4-4 Region 6-4A) knocked out the visiting Tigers (9-11, 3-5) and clinched their own playoff spot with a 70-58 victory combined with West Florence’s loss to Sumter. Carolina Forest claims the third seed in the Class 4A boys playoffs, which get under way Thursday.

The Carolina Forest boys avenged last month’s loss at Conway, when a controversial finish and vandalism to the Panthers’ team bus raised tensions between the two rivals. The stakes became even higher with a playoff bid on the line, and the home crowd at the Black Hole was not disappointed as the Panthers controlled the game from start to finish.

Carolina Forest’s Ryan Yurachek scored 16 points, Will Brunson scored 12 and TJ Simmons added 10. Conway’s Jalen Hennigan tallied a game-high 18 points for the Tigers.

In the opener, the Lady Panthers (3-19 overall, 1-7 Region 6-4A) snapped an 11-game losing streak and finished a tough season on a winning note with a 43-39 victory over the Lady Tigers (8-12, 3-5), who needed to win to keep their postseason hopes alive. Kia Brisbon had 10 points for the Lady Panthers, while Aisherea Williams had 18 for the Lady Tigers.
Photo by Chuck Silvey

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