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 the win.

Giracello, who also had nine assists and deflections, joined teammates Ally Niles and Carlie Skolsky with 16 points apiece. Reilly Ward added 10 points for the Lady Panthers, who return home to face rival Conway on Friday.

* Socastee 61, Conway 39: The Lady Braves stayed on course for a Region 6-5A title by blowing out the Lady Tigers.

* Wilson 50, Myrtle Beach 46: The Lady Seahawks saw their hopes of challenging for a region title disappear with a defeat to the first-place Lady Tigers.

* South Florence 45, St. James 34: The first-place Lady Bruins scored a road win at the Shark Tank.

Boys

* South Florence 95, St. James 89 (4OT): The Bruins had to work four overtime to survive a shootout with the host Sharks.

Jeremiah Nesbitt led the team with 22 points and Deondray Stanfield scored 21 points. Chris Anderson and Candido Ortiz-Robles added 13 points apiece and Randy Smith finished with 11.

* Conway 56, Socastee 51: The Tigers held off a solid effort by the Braves in Region 6-5A action.

* Wilson 72, Myrtle Beach 59: The Seahawks suffered a tough road loss to the first-place Tigers.

* West Florence 62, Carolina Forest 54: The Panthers narrowly missed out on their first Region 6-5A win on the road.

File Photo by Charles Perry/myhorrynews

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