Seahawks open 2013 with sweep of West Florence

The Myrtle Beach boys and girls basketball team bounced back from tough holiday tournaments with a pair of impressive victories over visiting West Florence on Thursday night to start 2013 off on a winning note.

After going 0-3 against out-of-state teams in last week’s Beach Ball Classic, the Myrtle Beach boys responded with a 68-43 win over the Bruins.

The Seahawks (7-6) used a tenacious defensive effort and a balanced scoring attack, led by senior guard Nolin Butler’s 14 points. Heath Gray came off the bench to score 10 points for Myrtle Beach, which jumped out to a 10-2 lead and never looked back.

The Lady Seahawks faced a closer contest after playing for the first time since the CresCom Bank Holiday Classic nearly two weeks ago, edging West Florence 54-52. Tanisha Brown recorded another double-double with a game-high 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Myrtle Beach returns to non-region action Saturday night by hosting a double header with rival Conway before opening Region 7-3A play next Tuesday against visiting Wilson.

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