CresCom Recap: MB wins; King’s Fork, AC reach finals

The Myrtle Beach girls basketball team avoided being shutout of its home tournament on Friday, blasting C.E. Murray 60-47 in a consolation game at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

After losing to Center Point (AL) and suffering an overtime defeat to Our Lady of Mercy (NJ) in the first two rounds, the Lady Seahawks (6-5) raced to a 26-13 halftime lead and cruised to the easy victory.

Tanisha Brown led the Lady Seahawks with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds and Nakia Black added 12 points and nine rebounds. Myrtle Beach took a dominating 66-29 rebounding edge over the Lady War Eagles, with Kiana Adderton and Nia Sumpter pulling down 11 and 10 boards, respectively.

C.E. Murray (5-5) got 16 points from Naomi Moore, 12 from Whitney Montgomery and 10 from Mecca Murray. The Lady War Eagles shot just 26 percent from the field for the game.

* King’s Fork (VA) 57, Edgewater (FL) 56: The Lady Bulldogs (9-0) used an 18-2 run to close the game and score a comeback victory over the Lady Eagles (10-2) in the semifinals of the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational.

Trailing 54-39 with 8 minutes remaining in the game, King’s Fork caught fire and clamped down defensively on Edgewater to advance to Saturday’s finals. They will face the winner of Friday night’s game between Archbishop Carroll (PA) and Dreher (SC).

King’s Fork got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Khadedra Croker, including the game-tying and game-winning free throws with 3 seconds remaining. Haley Clark scored 20 points and Trimaine McCullough added 18 in the loss.

* Archbishop Carroll (PA) 54, Dreher (SC) 45: The Lady Patriots advanced to the championship game of the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational with a victory over the Lady Blue Devils.

Archbishop Carroll’s Sarah Curran scored a game-high 23 points, including shooting 6 for 7 from 3-point range, to lead the victory. The Lady Patriots face King’s Fork (VA) in the championship game Saturday night.

Kaydra Duckett scored 22 and grabbed nine rebounds for Dreher. The Lady Blue Devils take on Edgewater (FL) in the third-place game.

* Perry County (KY) 50, Crestwood (SC) 40: Kayla Rankin put on an impressive performance for the Lady Commodores (6-5), scoring 28 points and pulling down 14 rebounds to close out the tourney with a win.

* Potter’s House (FL) 67, Our Lady of Mercy (NJ) 29: The Lady Lions (16-2) got 17 points from Denisha Swain and 11 each from Jasmine Gaines and Brea Forbes in a blowout win over the Lady Villagers (1-3).

Potter’s House will face Pinewood Prep in the consolation bracket championship at 9 a.m. Saturday.

* Pinewood Prep (SC) 57, Penfield (NY) 52: The Lady Panthers (6-4) downed the Lady Patriots (5-2) behind 20 points from Raygon Hendrix to adva nce to the conslation bracket championship game against Potter’s House.

Pinewood Prep’s Maria Corella scored 12 points in the win while Potter’s House standout Margot Hetzke had another superb day, scoring 28 points before fouling out of the game.

* Heathwood Hall (SC) 61, Atlantic (FL) 54: A’ja Wilson post a game-high double-double, scoring 27 points and pulling down 20 rebounds to lead the Lady Highlanders (5-5).

The Lady Sharks (84) got 24 points from Destiny Woodard and 17 points from Ronni Williams, but it wasn’t enough as Heathwood Hall advanced to the fifth-place game of the CresCom tournament.

* Miami Senior (FL) 37, Center Point (AL) 31: The Lady Stingarees (10-3) held the Lady Eagles (10-5) to 29 percent shooting from the field to win a hard-fought defensive battle.

Beatrice Mompremier recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, more than half of Center Point’s totals of 31 points and 24 rebounds. Miami advances to face Heathwood Hall in the fifth-place game.

Photo courtesy of CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational

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