Lady Sharks win at Wilson; St. James boys fall to second

A pair of St. James basketball teams made the trip to Florence for Tuesday’s showdown with Wilson but only one returned.

The fifth-ranked Lady Sharks clinched at least a share of first place in the Region VIII-AAA standings with a 59-47 victory over the Lady Tigers.

But the St. James boys (11-9, 6-3) suffered a 63-51 loss to Wilson, which took over sole possession of the top spot by winning the first-place showdown.

Caleb Duggan scored a game-high 21 points for the Sharks and Jacob Wright added 13 points, but the Sharks couldn’t overcome and early deficit to the Tigers. They cut the deficit to 53-51 late but Wilson iced the win and the top spot in the region by hitting its free throws down the stretch.

Wilson can clinch the region title by beating Georgetown on Thursday night while the Sharks fall into a tie for second-place with Myrtle Beach.

The Lady Sharks dominated from start to finish behind Keyana Rutledge’s game-high 19 points. Stephanie Roberts added a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds and Monica Smalls chipped in 12 points.

St. James faces rival Socastee on Thursday.

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