High school hoops season opening on Grand Strand

sjhoops-12High school basketball is a lot like the Christmas shopping season – both seem to come earlier each year.

The St. James boys scored a 58-50 victory over C.E. Murray on Friday night in the Steeltown Classic in Georgetown, and several other local teams are opening the 2013-14 season in the coming days.

Four Grand Strand girls squads will compete in the eight-team Lady Braves Sand & Hoops Invitational, which tips off Monday. The three-day tournament features host Socastee, Carolina Forest, Conway and St. James joining surrounding schools Georgetown, Waccamaw, Mullins and Cheraw. The tournament will feature four games a day, with games tipping from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first two days, with a championship match set for Wednesday at 6:45 p.m.

The Socastee boys will be playing in the National Turkey Shootout at West Florence beginning Monday. On Tuesday, the Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys begin their SCISA Class A state title defense at home against King’s Academy.

The local boys and girls basketball seasons get in full swing the week after Thanksgiving.

– Photo by Rancier Photography

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