Region play tips off Monday for local basketball teams

The first six weeks of the high school basketball season have been little more than a tune-up for what tips off today – the start of region play.

For all the holiday hoops tournaments and showdowns between non-region rivals that have been held so far, what really matters is what teams do against region foes to set themselves up for the playoffs.

That riddle begins to unravel in Region VII-AAA today when Socastee visits Georgetown and North Myrtle Beach travels to St. James. All girls’ games tips at 6 p.m., followed by the boys’ games at 7:30 p.m.

The latter girls matchup will be particularly intriguing since both are expected to challenge six-time reigning region champion and two-time defending state champion Myrtle Beach.

The Lady Seahawks open their region title defense on Tuesday in Florence at Wilson, followed by the Myrtle Beach boys getting the chance to contend for the title for the first time since 2010 after they were suspended from postseason play last year.

Also opening region play Tuesday night is Carolina Forest, which travels to West Florence looking to get a jump on the Region VII-AAAA crown. Conway doesn’t start region play until Friday at Sumter.

Friday will see all six local teams in action. In addition to Conway, Carolina Forest host South Florence, Myrtle Beach travels to rival Socastee, North Myrtle Beach visits Wilson and St. James hosts Georgetown.

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