Girls Hoops: MB survives upset bid by Lady Sharks

mbghoops-42shootThe Myrtle Beach girls basketball team narrowly avoided an upset for their eighth straight win and nearly clinched the Region 7-3A championship with a 37-36 victory over host St. James on Friday night.

Nakia Black with 7 seconds remaining to give the Lady Seahawks (12-8 overall, 7-0 region) the go-ahead and eventual game-winning basket after the Lady Sharks (12-8, 3-4) led by double digits in the second half.

St. James built a 23-12 lead over Myrtle Beach at the half and carried a 32-24 lead into the final period. But the Lady Seahawks clamped down on defense and got just enough for offense to close the deal on their seventh straight victory.

Myrtle Beach’s Kiana Adderton notched her second straight double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Nakia Black added 12 points. Myrtle Beach plays host to Wilson and Georgetown on Monday and Tuesday with a chance to clinch the region title at home.

* Georgetown 49, North Myrtle Beach 44: Poor shooting finally caught up to the Lady Chiefs (14-7, 4-3) in a loss to the host Lady Bulldogs, who won just their second region game of the season over NMB.

Despite shooting just 24 percent from the field as a team, NMB’s Marci Chestnut scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds for her third straight double-double, and teammate Aquera Johnson just missed one with nine points and 10 boards.

But it wasn’t enough against Georgetown’s Noel Spann’s 18 points and Justice Evans’ 14 rebounds. The Lady Bulldogs led by double-digits at halftime, 26-15, and outrebounded NMB by a 51-37 margin.

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