Lady Seahawks fall in first round of Crescent tourney

Myrtle Beach finally suffered its first loss of the season, but it took overtime and an out-of-state power to do it.

The two-time defending Class AAA state champion Lady Seahawks (6-1) suffered a 71-61 loss to Center Point (Ala.) on Saturday night in the opening round of the Crescent Bank Holiday Invitational at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Myrtle Beach senior guard Khadijah Sessions exploded for a game-high 35 points and Tanisha Brown recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. But the Lady Seahawks’ two-person attack wasn’t enough this time.

The Lady Eagles (10-2) countered with a three-tiered attack led by Keonna Farmer’s 25 points. Dominique Patrick scored 19 points and Gabrielle Holston also posted a double-double with 16 points and 14 boards.

The Lady Seahawks led by as many as seven points late in the second half before allowing Center Point to rally and force the extra period. Trailing 55-48 with 1:50 left in regulation, Center Point went on a 7-0 closing run to send it to overtime.

The Lady Eagles extended the run to 15-0 by scoring the first eight points of overtime, capped by back-to-back baskets by Farmer.

Myrtle Beach drops into the losers’ bracket of the tournament for the first time in five years and will face Greater Atlanta Christian (Ga.), which lost the night cap to Spring Valley.

* Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) 59, Goose Creek 40: Archbishop Carroll opened the tournament with an impressive victory over Goose Creek.

Archbishop Carroll (2-0) bombed its way to a big lead early by connecting on six of its first 11 3-point field goal attempts to open a 27-8 advantage with 7:16 remaining in the opening half.  The Patriots went on to lead by as many as 23 in the opening half and by 18 points at 33-15 at halftime.

Goose Creek (6-1) could get no closer than 17 points in the second half as Archbishop Carroll held the Gators to just 35.4 percent from the field.  Archbishop Carroll also turned 12 Goose Creek turnovers into 20 points.

Meghan Creighton and Rachel Pearson led a very balanced Archbishop Carroll attach with 12 points each.  The Patriots combined for 16 assists on their 20 made baskets.  They also hit 10-of-10 from the free throw line and finished just one made 3-poiunter behind the tourney’s single game team record of 10 by York (SC).

Brendysha Liner and Ashley Fields scored 10 points each for Goose Creek while University of North Carolina signee N’Dea Bryant was held to six points.

* Atlantic (Fla.) 70, Fayette County (Ga.) 48: Atlantic connected on 76.2 percent of its shots from the field in the second half to turn a close game into a blowout win over Fayette County.

In the opening half, Atlantic (8-1) jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the opening 2:37 as Tabitha Thode connected on a 3-pointer and a short jumper during the quick run.  The Sharks built a 15-4 cushion and held the lead before Fayette County (5-3) slowly chipped away at the lead to tie the game at 22-22 with 2:30 remaining in the opening half.

Atlantic responded to losing its lead for the only time in the game six of the game’s next seven points and went on to lead 30-25 at the break.

The second half was all Sharks as they connected on 16 of their 21 shots from the field.  Atlantic’s defense held Fayette County to just 28.4 percent from the field for the game and forced 19 turnovers.

Destiny Woodard paced Atlantic with 18 points and dished out six assists.  Ronni Williams added 16 points and 12 rebounds while Jessica Tibbetts joined her teammate with another double-double of 11 points and 11 boards.  Williams also blocked seven shots.

Photo by Digital Magic Photo

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