MB pays back Crestwood, reaches Lower State final

mbghoops-11driveThe Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team has spent the past year thinking about last year’s loss to Crestwood in the third round of the Class 3A playoffs. On Monday night, they finally got the chance to do something about it.

The Lady Seahawks (23-4) erased a fourth-quarter deficit to get their revenge 39-36 on their home floor and advance to Friday’s Class 3A Lower State Championship against region rival Wilson.

Trailing 30-26 entering the final frame, the Lady Seahawks clamped down on defense to outscore Crestwood 13-6 in the fourth quarter. Myrtle Beach went 8 for 9 at the free throw line in the final period.

Myrtle Beach’s Keocia Walker hit a clutch 3-pointer and drew the foul for a four-point play that gave Myrtle Beach a late lead. After the Lady Knights tied it back up, Nia Sumpter hit a jumper to regain the lead for good, and they put it away at the foul line.

Sumpter, who went 4-for-4 at the stripe in the fourth quarter, finished with 10 points to lead the Lady Seahawks. Jalah Horton added nine pints and Keocia Walker and Kiana Adderton tallied seven apiece.

Myrtle Beach split the season series with Wilson, losing the region opener to the Lady Tigers before running the table and winning their third straight region crown and their 12th straight game Monday.

Wilson, which defeated Midland Valley 50-40 in the other Lower State semifinal, will have a bit of a home-court advantage as Friday’s game will be played at 7 p.m. at the Florence Civic Center. The winner advances to the Class 3A state championship next weekend.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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