Myrtle Beach captures spot in winners’ bracket of CBHI

mbhoops-crescomThe Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team faced its toughest test of the season in Thursday night’s opening round of the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational. But true to their early form, the Lady Seahawks aced it to remain undefeated on the season.

Playing just a few blocks away from their on-campus gym at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, the Lady Seahawks (10-0) scored a 57-52 victory over Christ The King, one of the top team from New York, to advance to the winners’ bracket. It was Myrtle Beach’s first-ever win in the first round of the tournament, which features 16 top teams from the US and Canada.

After sitting out of Myrtle Beach’s last game at Conway on Monday (an 18-point win that was the closest margin of victory before Thursday’s game), Keocia Walker and Kiana Adderton led the Lady Seahawks with 15 points apiece. Adderton added six rebounds and Walker made three assists.

Leading scorer Nia Sumpter was held to seven points on a poor shooting night (2-for-10 from the field) but she delivered a big performance on the boards and with her ball-handling by pulling down 13 rebounds and dishing out four assists.

Myrtle Beach jumped out to a 27-19 halftime advantage and lead by as many as 11, but Christ The King rallied late to cut the deficit to 51-49 with 1:19 left to play. Ivy Collins, who finished with nine points, hit a layup with 43 seconds left and the Lady Seahawks hit some late free throws to ice it.

Myrtle Beach advances to face the winner of Friday’s game between Archer (GA) and Spartanburg. The Lady Seahawks will play at 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

* Center Point (AL) 39, Orangeburg 32: Center Point won the opening game of the 2015 Crescom Bank Holiday Invitational thanks to a late surge.

With the game tied at 26-26 with 12:05 remaining in the second half, Center Point (7-6) went on an 8-2 run to open a 34-28 advantage with 6:55 on the clock.  The Bruins (6-1) cut the lead to just four points on a layup by Jade Williams with 6:14 to play.  Center Point answered by scoring five unanswered points to open a 39-30 advantage with just 21 seconds remaining.

Amber Rivers paced Center Point with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Orangeburg was led by Shay Jackson’s eight points and eight boards.

* Lake Highland Prep (FL) 64, White Knoll 39: The Highlanders went on an early 12-0 run and lead by as many as 20 in the opening half to advance.

Jordan Lewis paced Lake Highland Prep with 17 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals.  Brittany Weeks led White Knoll with 11 points.

Photo courtesy of CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational

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