Lady Chiefs’ season comes to end with loss to Bluffton

The North Myrtle Beach Lady Chiefs saw their season come to an end with a 55-52 loss to Bluffton in the opening round of the South Carolina AAA State Playoffs on Monday night.

North Myrtle Beach’s season ends with a 17-8 overall record while Bluffton improves to 20-4 and advances to the second round.

The Lady Chiefs committed 26 turnovers and Bluffton turned them into 29 points, which proved to be the difference in the otherwise tight game.

The Lady Bobcats led by as many as nine before the Lady Chiefs made a late run to cut the deficit to 55-52. Kendricka Bellamy misfired on a potential game-tying 3-pointer but Bluffton failed to put the game away at the free throw line.

Bluffton’s Jennifer Giles missed a pair of free throws with 3.9 seconds remaining but a last-second heave by Taylor Allman bounced off of the backboard.

Giles led Bluffton with 16 points, while Tibra Wheeler added 15 points for the Lady Bobcats. Shakeria Kitty posted a double-double for Bluffton, scoring 14 points and pulling down 11 boards.

Allman led the Lady Chiefs with 22 points and India Farmer registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Ja’Quella Livingston also had 10 boards for the Lady Chiefs.

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