MB, St. James last two local girls teams still left standing

And then there were two.

The St. James and Myrtle Beach girls basketball teams are the last two standing from the Grand Strand as they enter the second round of the Class AAA playoffs tonight.

The top-seeded Lady Sharks play host to No. 2-seeded Lower Richland at 6:30 p.m. at the Shark Tank, while the second-seeded Lady Seahawks travel to No. 1-seeded Dreher for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

Myrtle Beach (20-5) is trying to continue its tradition of state titles. The two-time defending Class AAA champs must face a tough road test against the top-ranked Blue Devils (21-1), who beat Hartsville 61-20 in the first round.

But if the Lady Seahawks and Class AAA Player of the Year Khadijah Sessions can get past Dreher they will inherit home-court advantage for the remainder of the tournament.

The Lady Sharks (21-4) also have home-court through the Lower State Finals if they win out. While Myrtle Beach is trying to continue an old tradition, St. James is starting a new one.

The Lady Sharks won their first-ever playoff game on Monday with a 48-22 victory over Cane Bay but the second-seeded Diamonds (17-4), who defeated Lakewood 56-32 on Monday.

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