Sharks snap losing skid, set up play-in game with ‘Dogs

The St. James boys basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak just in time to make the Class 3A playoffs by defeating rival Socastee 57-44 on Thursday night at the Brave Wave.

St. James senior Caleb Duggan caught fire for a game-high 23 points to lead the Sharks (15-9 overall, 5-5 Region 7-3A) into a tiebreaker for the fourth and final playoff spot with Georgetown. The two teams will meet Friday night to break the logjam.

Duggan hit a pair of 3-pointers and teammate Nehemiah Stafford drilled four treys for 14 total points as the Sharks tallied eight on the night. The hot outside shooting helped minimize the loss of standout TreDarius McCallum, who was suspended last week when the losing streak began.

Socastee (7-14, 1-9) was already eliminated from playoff contention but put up a hard fight for three quarters. Will Caswell led the Braves with 16 points.

Girls

* St. James 39, Socastee 36: One year removed from winning the region title, the Lady Sharks got a small measure of revenge by defeating the rival Lady Braves in Thursday night’s regular-season finale.

Bethany Goodrich scored 14 points and Hannah Price added 11 to lead the Lady Sharks, who scored their lone region win of the season with the road win.

Socastee, which had already clinched third place in the region, saw Blake Smith tally 14 points and Kirstin Zanardo add 10. The Lady Braves (14-10, 5-5) will hit the road Monday to a playoff opponent to be determined.

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