Livingston’s glasswork lifts Lady Chiefs to playoff win

The No. 4-ranked North Myrtle Beach girls basketball team took its first step toward its goal of a Class 3A state championship by defeating visiting Darlington 53-40 in the first round of the playoffs on Monday night.

The top-seeded Lady Chiefs didn’t have their best shooting night, connecting on 40 percent from the floor. But forward Ja’Quella Livingston was there to clean up the misses, pulling down a career-high 23 rebounds.

Livingston’s efforts on the glass helped North Myrtle Beach outrebound the Lady Falcons by a 52-38 margin and more than double them up in second-chance points at 21-10. She also scored 11 points to record a double-double.

North Myrtle Beach got a game-high 15 points apiece from seniors Taylor Allman and India Farmer, and Farmer also registered a double-double by adding 11 rebounds. Allman, the Region 7-3A Player of the Year, also made five steals.

The top-seeded Lady Chiefs (23-2) built a 34-21 halftime lead and were never seriously threatened by the Lady Falcons (10-12), the No. 4 seed out of Region 5-3A. North Myrtle Beach advances to play in Thursday’s second round to play the winner of Monday night’s matchup between Hilton Head and Gilbert.

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