Lady Panthers clip Conway to claim home playoff game

The playoffs started one game early for the Carolina Forest girls basketball team. Friday night’s regular-season finale against host Conway was a defecto elimination game for the Lady Panthers.

Carolina Forest senior Ashleigh Turner and Marisa Runyon made it clear that they weren’t ready to end their high school basketball career just yet by leading Carolina Forest to a 47-44 victory over Region 6-4A rival Conway.

Turner scored a game-high 27 points and Runyon added a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Panthers to the win and into the Class 4A postseason.

Conway got 14 points from Zakere Chapman and Brianna Steele added nine points but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Lady Panthers. Conway led 24-17 at halftime before Carolina Forest stormed back.

The win allowed the Lady Panthers (7-14 overall, 4-4 region) to claim a two-way tie with the Lady Tigers (7-15, 4-4). Carolina Forest earned the No. 2 seed by virtue of its season sweep of Conway.

Carolina Forest will play host to the No. 3 seed from Region 5-4A in Wednesday’s opening round while Conway will travel to the top seed out of Region 8-4A.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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