Sharks shock No. 5 Wilson; join St. James girls in first

The St. James boys basketball team entered Tuesday night’s showdown with No. 5-ranked Wilson as the second-place team in Region VIII-AAA.

The Sharks walked off the court at the Shark Tank with a 47-43 victory over the Tigers and sole possession of first place midway through the region slate.

Reigning Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week Caleb Duggan scored a game-high 15 points to help the Sharks (9-7 overall, 4-1 region) join the Tigers atop the region standings with the head-to-head tiebreaker.

St. James’ Matt Strange added 10 points to the cause as the Sharks bounced back from their lone region loss of the season last Friday to rival Socastee.

The Sharks return to action Friday night against North Myrtle Beach while Wilson faces Myrtle Beach.

* Girls: The Lady Sharks improved to 5-0 in region play midway through the VIII-AAA schedule with a 52-37 victory over visiting Wilson.

Stephanie Roberts registered a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Lady Sharks (16-3, 5-0), while teammates Keyana Rutledge and Monica Smalls added 16 and 14 points, respectively.

St. James overcame a slow start, leading just 16-10 at halftime, but they pulled away in the second half to maintain  their spot atop the standings. The Lady Sharks travel to North Myrtle Beach on Friday.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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