Lady Seahawks’ rally falls short in 3A state title game

mbghoops-teamstateThe Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team made a big fourth-quarter comeback but couldn’t close the deal in Saturday’s Class 3A state championship game in Columbia.

The Lady Seahawks (24-5) erased a double-digit fourth quarter deficit to tie the game up before falling to No. 1-ranked Dreher 45-41 at the Colonial Life Arena.

Trailing by as many as 13 in the final quarter, Myrtle Beach made a run in the final minutes after Jalah Horton hit a 3-pointer and Nia Sumpter made a jumper to cut the deficit to 41-36 with 3 minutes left.

Sumpter, who finished with a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds, made a steal and layup, and Kianna Adderton’s basket tied it up with 2 minutes remaining at 41-all.

The Lady Seahawks got the ball back with a chance to go ahead but Dreher got a steal and a go-ahead basket from North Carolina commit Jhileya Dunlap. The Lady Blue Devils stole the inbound pass and scored to put the game away.

Myrtle Beach shot only 25 percent from the field and committed 16 turnovers that proved costly against Dreher, which won its third state title in the last five years.

The Lady Seahawks return a solid corp of talent to make another run at a seventh state championship for the program.

Photo courtesy of MBHS Athletics

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