Socastee tips off season with split against Waccamaw

The Socastee High boys and girls basketball teams opened the regular season Monday night with a split decision against visiting Waccamaw.

The Lady Braves (1-0) scored a 69-20 victory in the opener, but the Warriors (1-0) hit their free throws down the stretch to steal a win over the Braves (0-1).

Socastee was ahead by one point in the final minutes before missing a pair of layups and losing the lead. That forced the Braves to send Waccamaw to the foul line, and the Warriors iced the game at the charity stripe.

Waccamaw outscored and outshot Socastee at the free throws line, 22-for-34 to 4-for-9. The Warriors were led by Adonis Williams’ 22 points and Rob Fesaro’s 17 points. Dante Moore scored 13 points and Erick Mortel tallied 10 points to lead the Braves, who got eight points apiece from Finn Melko and Dylan Thompson.

The Lady Braves, who went 1-2 in last week’s Lady Braves Sand & Hoops preseason tournmament, were never seriously challenged. Senior Kirstin Zanardo led four Socastee players in double figures with 21 points. Eight-grader Kira Bell scored 12, and Megan Harrelson and Sydney Wortham added 10 apiece.

Socastee was scheduled to travel to Loris on Wednesday but that game has been postponed one week since both boys teams are just getting their football players in basketball practice. Instead, Socastee’s next game will be a double header against visiting Carolina Forest on Friday.

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