Socastee tops Stall to keep surprising playoff run alive

The Socastee High girls basketball team continued to shake up the Class 3A playoffs Thursday night with a 36-31 second-round victory over Stall at the Brave Wave.

The Lady Braves, the No. 3 seed from Region 7-3A, reached the Lower State semifinals by knocking off the fourth-seeded Lady Warriors, who reached the second round by upsetting top-seeded Airport on Monday.

Socastee scored a milder first-round upset by beating No. 2 seed Manning on the road. The Lady Braves got the rare opportunity to host Thursday as a No. 3 seed and made the most of it with a strong fourth-quarter surge.

After trailing virtually the entire game, the Lady Braves once again turned to their defense when the game was on the line. Socastee outscored Stall 11-2 in the fourth period to steal the win and another chance to advance.

Socastee senior Blake Smith and eighth-grader Kira Bell scored 11 points apiece to lead the Lady Braves, who shot 17 of 28 from the free throw line, many coming in the critical fourth quarter, while Stall went to the line only three times.

The Lady Braves return to the road to face the winner of Friday’s game between rival Myrtle Beach and top-seeded Orangeburg-Wilkerson.

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