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 a 37-30 halftime lead and more than doubled it in the third period for its biggest lead at 61-44. The Seahawks closed the quarter on a 5-0 run and made a strong run in the fourth before the rally fell short.

Carolina Forest’s Mason Garcia dominated the inside for a game-high 27 points. Teammates Alex Greene and Kyle Watkins contributed 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Myrtle Beach was led by Emorie Knox and James Marques with 23 points apiece. TJ Austin and Ayden Hickman chipped in 14 and 13 points, respectively.

In the girls game, the Lady Seahawks swept the season series with the Lady Panthers with a 54-26 victory.

Seniors A’jia Kelly and Asia Smith led Myrtle Beach with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Carlie Skilsky paced the Lady Panthers with 15 points.

Both teams hit the road Saturday for non-region contest. Carolina Forest goes to Charleston to face Northwood Academy, while Myrtle Beach visits Conway.

* Waccamaw 52, St. James 51 (OT): The Sharks suffered a tough, double-overtime loss to the visiting Warriors on Friday.

Deondray Stanfield led the Sharks (3-4) with 16 points and Jeremiah Nesbitt added 10, but it wasn’t enough to pull out the win.

St. James plays host to Georgetown on Saturday before taking off for Christmas break.

– Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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