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Hoops: Sharks fall in 4OTs; Lady Panthers survive rally

The Carolina Forest girls basketball team nearly let a big region road win slip away Tuesday, but the Lady Panthers righted the ship in time to claim a 67-66 victory over West Florence. After leading by as many as 18 in the fourth quarter, Carolina Forest saw the comfortable margin disappear in the closing moments. But guard Gabby Giracello hit 10 straight free throws down the stretch to preserve... 

Wrestling: Young Panthers stay hungry for region title

Matthew Ashworth knows the Carolina Forest wrestling squad isn’t the same experienced group that dominated the region last year. But he hopes this team is smarter. “The main thing is just not to make any stupid mistakes like we did last year,” the senior said. “We ended up losing in the first round [of the playoffs] to a really tough team due to a penalty point for unsportsmanlike conduct.... 

Panther Classic: CF splits; MB, Tigers play nail-biters

Nine was the magic number for the Carolina Forest boys basketball team in Thursday’s opening round of the Panther Classic. The tournament host Panthers (7-4) hit nine 3-pointers and had nine different players score in the 68-34 victory. Carolina Forest’s Alex Greene scored a team-high 10 points, followed by five teammates with nine points apiece – Kyle Watkins, Mark Walker, PJ... 

Hoops: Panthers rally late, storm past Swamp Foxes

The Carolina Forest High boys basketball team put together a strong fourth-quarter comeback to beat visiting Marion 70-65 on Tuesday night. Trailing by as many as 11 points in the final period, the Panthers rallied past the Swamp Foxes in a tune-up for the upcoming Panther Classic. Carolina Forest was led by Kyle Watkins’ 19 points. Three other teammates scored in double figures – Alex... 

Hoops: Panthers flip script on Seahawks in rematch

A leaky roof at the Myrtle Beach High gymnasium forced Friday’s home contest with Carolina Forest to be relocated to the Myrtle Beach Sports Center. The Panthers made themselves at home. Just sic days after suffering a 76-64 setback to the Seahawks on their home floor, the Panthers pounced back in the rematch for an 80-76 win over Myrtle Beach to split the season series. Carolina Forest built... 

Hoops: CF rolls past NMB; Conway tops Wilson in OT

The Carolina Forest boys basketball team opened the season Tuesday by blowing out visiting North Myrtle Beach 66-43. The Panthers came out of the locker room in midseason form, jumping out to a 17-3 lead after one period. They cruised the rest of the way to start the season on a winning note. The Panthers were led by sophomore point guard Kyle Watkins with 21 points and 5 steals. Alex Greene added... 

Panthers’ playoff run hits wall against Summerville

Marc Morris knew his team needed a near-perfect performance to beat Summerville in the second round of the 5A playoffs. The Panthers didn’t give one Friday. Summerville shut out Carolina Forest in the second half and the Panthers’ defense struggled to contain the Green Wave, which cruised to a 45-13 win. “Every team in the state’s disappointed unless you’re the state champion,” Morris... 

Panthers’ gamble pays off in OT win over Lexington

Marc Morris had already showed his hand. The Carolina Forest coach elected to go for it on fourth down four separate times during the second half of the team’s playoff game against Lexington. All four ended with his team giving the ball back to Wildcats. So with the season coming down to one play, the fifth-year coach had already cleared those from his head and decided to gamble again. Mason... 

Panthers prepare for tough first-round playoff test

In the last five years, Carolina Forest coach Marc Morris has found himself getting ready for Lexington on a regular basis. After inheriting two early regular-season games against the Wildcats from the previous coaching staff’s scheduling, Morris is now preparing for a second consecutive first-round home game against the Midlands squad that is three hours away by bus. Those four games against... 

Region 6-5A: Panthers run past Braves; Sharks falter

Carolina Forest kept its slim hopes at a Region VI-5A championship alive. At the very least, the Panthers can rest easy knowing their chances at the first home playoff game since moving to the state’s largest classification are even better. Courtesy of a 35-7 over last-place Socastee Thursday night to wrap up its regular season, coach Marc Morris’ team had only the least possible scenario standing... 
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