Seahawks use second-half surges to sweep Panthers

mbhoops-10cfThe Myrtle Beach High boys and girls basketball teams had something to prove in Thursday night’s visit to Carolina Forest, and both came away with what they were looking for at The Black Hole.

The Myrtle Beach boys felt like they let one slip away in last week’s matchup with the Panthers, who rallied in the fourth quarter for a 60-55 win. The Seahawks returned the favor this time despite trailing much of the game, rising up late to claim a 51-48 victory over the Panthers.

The Panthers shot just 5-of-27 from the free throw line, opening the door for the Seahawks. A huge shot by Rob Swanson tied the game late and a couple more missed opportunities for the Panthers, including a missed potential overtime-forcing 3 at the buzzer beater to tie the game, sealed the Seahawks’ victory. The Panthers were led by Duane Moss with 15 points and Jaylen Johnson with 10.

Playing without all-state standout Nia Sumpter, the undefeated Lady Seahawks got the opportunity to show they are much more than a one-star team by defeating Carolina Forest 50-39. Trailing 24-21 at halftime and struggling to adapt to playing without their senior leader, who suffered a lower leg injury in Tuesday’s win over Socastee, the Lady Seahawks used an 18-8 run in the third quarter to claim the lead and pulled away in the fourth.

Myrtle Beach was led by Kiana Adderton’s 15 points and Janell Horeton added 11. Alexis Tomlin led the way for Carolina Forest with a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds. Teammates Cheyenne Pyles and Ellen Nardella scored nine apiece. The Lady Panthers (5-2) face Hoggard on Saturday.

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