North Myrtle Beach squads survive scares at Socastee

The North Myrtle Beach girls basketball team remained undefeated in region play with a road victory over Socastee on Tuesday night, but just barely.

The No. 6 Lady Chiefs (17-2 overall, 5-0 Region 7-3A) overcame a poor shooting night and a season-high 29 turnovers for a 36-31 victory over the Lady Braves (12-7, 3-2).

Fortunately for the Lady Chiefs, Socastee also turned the ball over 29 times and shot just 27 percent from the field compared to 33 percent for North Myrtle Beach.

The sloppy play resulted in a tied score at 22-all after three quarters of play, but North Myrtle Beach finally put the game away in the final period.

Taylor Allman led the Lady Chiefs with a game-high 15 points and Ja’Quella Livingston pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Blake Smith scored a team-high 13 points for Socastee.

Boys

* North Myrtle Beach 55, Socastee 50: The No. 7-ranked Chiefs (14-5, 4-1) avoided an upset bid by the Braves (4-12, 0-5), who remained winless in Region 7-3A play.

North Myrtle Beach built a double-digit lead at halftime by a 31-21 score but saw Socastee make a strong run in the third period to cut the deficit to two. The Chiefs managed to shut down the Braves in the final frame and hold on for the region road win.

Jaquan Grissett led the Chiefs with a game-high 25 points and Matt Lindsey added 14 as the du hit a pair of 3-pointers apiece. Socastee’s Dante Moore scored 17 points and Will Caswell chipped in 13.

Photo by Digital Magic Photo

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