Playoff picture comes into focus for 11 hoops teams

sochoops-cuddblackOnly one team per division will finish the season on a winning note as area teams hope to survive the single-elimination state tournament to the end.

The Grand Strand’s best shot at a state title appears to rest in the hands of the No. 2-ranked Myrtle Beach High girls, who open the playoffs at home Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Dreher. The top-seeded Lady Seahawks (19-2) finished state runners-up last season and look to take the next step this year.

Other Class 4A first-round games see third-seeded North Myrtle Beach travel to second-seeded Orangeburg-Wilkinson, and fourth-seeded St. James visit top-seeded Lower-Richland.

The Class 5A girls tournament also tips off Tuesday with a pair of local teams holding home court. Top-seeded Conway won its first region title since 1983 and was rewarded with a home game against visiting Blythewood. Region runner-up Carolina Forest welcomes third-seeded Ashley Ridge, and fourth-seeded Socastee travels to top-seeded Fort Dorchester.

The boys hit the floor for the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday. In Class 4A, second-seeded Myrtle Beach plays host to fourth-seeded Dreher at 7 p.m., and third-seeded North Myrtle Beach makes the trip to second-seeded Lower Richland.

In Class 5A, Fort Dorchester visits Conway in a battle of three seeds, and fourth-seeded Socastee goes to Summerville. The Carolina Forest boys earned an at-large bid and will travel to top-seeded Goose Creek..

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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