CF win, Conway loss sets up rivalry for region crown

conghoops-23The Region 6-5A girls basketball championship will be decided among rivals separated by a short stretch of Highway 501 between Conway and Carolina Forest.

Carolina Forest kept its hopes of claiming a share of the region title alive Thursday night with a 58-39 victory over host Socastee. Coupled with Conway’s 33-31 loss to visiting South Florence, the second straight defeat for the Lady Tigers, the region crown will come down to Monday’s season finale at Carolina Forest.

The Lady Panthers (14-6 overall, 7-2 region) came out firing from 3-point range, connecting on seven of their 10 treys in the first half alone en route to a 33-12 halftime lead. Ellen Nardella and Cheyenne Pyles hot four apiece and finished with a team-high 18 points apiece. Alexis Tomlin tallied 13 points.

In the final game of the regular season, Carolina Forest hosts Conway (13-6, 7-2) on Monday night with a shot to win the region crown outright. Socastee (11-11, 5-4), which was led by Shayla Baldwin’s game-high 20 points, closes out the regular season against Sumter looking to capture third place and a playoff berth.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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