Girls Hoops: NMB falls to Wilson; MB tops Socastee

nmbghoops-12The North Myrtle Beach girls basketball team’s region title defense took a big hit Friday night with a 69-52 loss to host Wilson.

The Lady Chiefs (9-7 overall, 1-1 Region 7-3A) got a pair of double-double efforts from senior Marci Chestnut and freshman Aquera Johnson. Chestnut tallied 15 points and 13 rebounds and Johnson netted 13 points and 16 boards.

But NMB was held to just 25 percent shooting from the field while Wilson (1-1 region) shot an torrid 47 percent in the second half to break the game open. Bryana Goodson scored a game-high 18 and Mallorie Gainey added 13.

* Myrtle Beach 43, Socastee 37: After a cold-shooting first half for both teams, the Myrtle Beach girls finally heated up in the second half to defeat the host Lady Braves.

The Lady Seahawks (6-8 overall, 2-0 Region 7-3A), who led by the low-scoring tally of 18-15 at halftime, hope Friday night’s second-half surge same scenario holds true for their season.

Myrtle Beach got 14 points from Kiana Adderton and Nia Sumpter added 11 points. Socastee was led by Kira Bell’s game-high 15 points and Sierrah McCarthy chipped in 11.

Following a disappointing 4-8 start to the season in non-league play, Myrtle Beach has claimed back-to-back victories to open the Region 7-3A campaign. The Lady Seahawks are the only unbeaten team in region play. They host St. James on Tuesday.

* South Florence 54, Carolina Forest 39: The Lady Panthers dropped a key region game at home to the Lady Bruins, who used a late 8-0 run to close out the win.

Photo by Sona McIntyre

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