Lady Chiefs rally past MB for sole possession of first

A battle of unbeatens in Region 7-3A girls basketball came down to the final seconds on Friday night when Myrtle Beach visited rival North Myrtle Beach.

With the Lady Seahawks holding a 48-47 lead with 2.7 seconds remaining, North Myrtle Beach’s Marci Chestnut scored the game-winning basket.

Chestnut converted an old-fashioned three-point play to give the No. 7-ranked Lady Chiefs (16-2 overall, 4-0 region) a 50-48 victory and sole possession of first place in the region.

Myrtle Beach carried a 39-31 lead after three quarters but the Lady Chiefs finally caught fire in the fourth. The outscored the Lady Seahawks 19-9 in the final frame for the comeback win.

Myrtle Beach (11-7, 3-1) got another stellar effort from Tanisha Brown, who scored a game-high 17 points and pulled down a season-high 21 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season.

North Myrtle Beach’s Taylor Allman also recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and teammates India Farmer and Ja’Quella Livingston just missed out on one. Farmer scored a team-high 15 with nine boards and Livingston added nine and eight. Chestnut had seven and five off the bench.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

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