Girls Hoops: NMB surprises Wilson; SJ earns playoff bid

nmbghoops-huddleThe North Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team scored a huge win on the road, one that could give the Lady Chiefs at least one more home game this season.

North Myrtle Beach upset No. 5 Wilson 60-54 on Friday night in Florence to secure at least a share of second place in Region 7-4A. The Lady Chiefs (14-8 overall, 5-2 region) close the regular season at first-place Myrtle Beach on Thursday and could secure a home playoff game with another upset or a loss by Wilson (15-6, 4-3).

North Myrtle Beach doubled up the Lady Tigers 18-9 in the second quarter to take a 29-21 halftime lead. The Lady Chiefs built their lead to double digits in the second half and held off a late rally to split the season series with Wilson, which defeated North Myrtle Beach 60-41 last month.

Freshmen twins Jordan and Jenna Berger combined for 27 points to lead the Lady Chiefs (Jenna with 15 and Jordan with 12), and Aquera Johnson posted a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Myrtle Beach can wrap up the region title against last-place Marlboro County before Thursday’s home date with North Myrtle Beach.

* St. James 52, Marlboro County 30: The Lady Sharks (10-13, 2-5) locked up a playoff berth with a victory over the visiting Lady Bulldogs.

Abigail Rump led St. James with 13 points, Hunter Clapham added 11 and Haley Brandon chipped in 10. The Lady Sharks host Wilson on Tuesday in the regular season finale.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner

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