Lady Chiefs’ season comes to a close in tough OT loss

The No. 4-ranked North Myrtle Beach girls basketball team went toe-to-toe with visiting Crestwood in Monday night’s Lower State semifinal.

Unfortunately for the Lady Chiefs (24-3) , advancing required five periods of play on this night as the Lady Knights took a 60-49 overtime victory.

After the Chiefs lead by as many as seven points late in the third period, Crestwood (24-5) rallied to tie it up at the end of regulation at 43-all.

But overtime belonged to the top-seeded Lady Knights, who outscored the Lady Chiefs 17-6 in the extra period to advance to the Lower State finals.

Crestwood managed to contain North Myrtle Beach’s top scorers, holding Region 6-4A Player of the Year Taylor Allman to 10 points and double-double regular India Farmer to eight points and seven rebounds.

Foul trouble plagued the Lady Chiefs. Farmer fouled out with 3 minutes left in regulation and Marci Chestnut, whose 11 points included a couple of clutch baskets to force overtime, picked up her fifth foul in the extra period. JaQuella Livingston, who led the Lady Chiefs with 16 points and 13 rebounds, was forced to play with four fouls.

Free-throw shooting proved pivotal in the outcome as both teams attempted 31 foul shots. Crestwood connected on 18, including a 13-for-16 performance in Daniquia Lewis’ game-high 22 points. North Myrtle Beach made just 15, less than 50 percent on the night.

Crestwood pounded the Lady Chiefs on the board by a 60-42 margin, and North Myrtle Beach also went 0 for 9 from 3-point range and shot just 29 percent from the field, one of their poorest shooting nights of the season.

The loss snaps a 15-game winning streak by the Lady Chiefs, ending a season that seemed destined for the state title game in Columbia.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

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