MB girls, Socastee boys hold off late runs by rivals

mbhoops-14socThe Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team scored a 39-37 victory over visiting Socastee on Tuesday night in a tournament tune-up for both teams.

After clinging to a 19-18 halftime lead, the Lady Seahawks stretched their lead to 32-24 entering the final period. Socastee (5-4) rallied in the fourth quarter but came up short by two points.

Leading Socastee were Shayla Baldwin with 15 points and five rebounds, and Kira Bell with 12 points, six assists and seven rebounds. Hannah Darnell added a career high 10 rebounds.

The Lady Seahawks (6-0) play the nightcap of Wednesday’s opening round of the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational against former tournament champion Miami (FL) at 9:15 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Socastee heads north of the state line to compete in the Leon Brogden Holiday Tournament at UNC Wilmington. The Lady Braves will face Hoggard (NC) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, in the opening round.

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* Socastee 57, Myrtle Beach 55: The Braves held off a late charge by rival Myrtle Beach to earn its second consecutive road victory on Tuesday night.

The Braves (3-7) carried a 17-point lead into the fourth quarter but had to hold on in the final seconds as the Seahawks made a furious comeback bid. Trailing 48-31, Myrtle Beach used a 24-9 run in the final frame but couldn’t overcome the early deficit.

Socastee’s Tamir Brown scored a team-high 17 points and teammate T.J. Simmon added 16 to lead the Braves. Myrtle Beach’s Bryce Schneider scored a game-high 22 for the Seahawks with half of his points coming in the fourth period.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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