Socastee boys, girls alone in fourth after split at Wilson

The Socastee boys missed out on a golden opportunity to get back into the thick of the Region VIII-AAA race with a 53-43 loss at Wilson on Friday night.

With Myrtle Beach defeating first-place St. James, the Braves (11-8 overall, 3-5 region) had a chance to move within two games of first place in the region with two games remaining. Instead Socastee sits alone in fourth place for the final playoff berth.

Donovan Cann led Socastee with 14 points and See Mann added eight. Patrell Rogers scored a game-high 17 for Wilson and Brandon Jones added 14 for the Tigers (15-7, 6-2), who are tied with St. James atop the region entering Tuesday’s meeting in Florence.

* Girls: The Lady Braves (11-10, 3-5) claimed sole possession of fourth place in the region by defeating host Wilson 42-38 on Friday night.

Katherine Mose led Socastee with 16 points and Blake Smith had a team-high 12 rebounds, but it Sierrah McCarthy who came through in the clutch for the Lady Braves.

McCarthy scored four of her 15 points in the final 30 seconds to lift the Lady Braves over the Lady Tigers, who were tied for fourth place with Socastee entering the game.

McCarthy hit a layup to break a 38-38 tie, then she added a pair of free throws with 16 seconds to ice the game. The Lady Braves return to action Tuesday against visiting North Myrtle Beach.

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