Girls Hoops: MB tops Stall; St. James falls to Lakewood

mbghoops-11The Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team reached the semifinals of the Class 3A Lower State Tournament on Thursday night by fighting off a stiff challenge from visiting Stall, 51-39.

Entering the fourth quarter tied at 32-all, the Lady Seahawks (21-5) outscored Stall 19-7 in the final frame to account for the final margin. It was the tightest game Myrtle Beach has faced since the start of region play, pushing their current winning steak to 12.

Myrtle Beach’s Keocia Walker scored a game-high 19 points, including 10 points in the fourth period. Nia Sumpter tallied seven of her 12 in the final frame as the Lady Seahawks shot a sizzling 11 of 12 from the free throw in the fourth quarter. Kianna Adderton finished with 10 points.

Myrtle Beach advances to face  against visiting Crestwood in Tuesday’s Lower State semifinal.

* Lakewood 58, St. James 31: The second-seeded Lady Sharks (16-11) saw their season come to an end on the road to the top-seeded Lady Gators.

Kimmie Hotzelt led St. James with 12 points and Kelsi Bachmann added 10 as the Lady Sharks capped a strong season in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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