CONWAY — Conway handed North Myrtle Beach their first loss of the season Thursday night, outscoring the Chiefs 68-48.
“Defensively we played good, and in the second quarter we defended very well,” Tigers coach Mike Hopkins said. “We’re still trying to get Conway right right now. We did a scouting report and talked about tendencies, so we knew they were going to be very good. I thought we did a very good job paying attention to detail and executing.”
Conway’s Reggie Bonner had a breakout game with 19 points, and fellow sophomores Jalen Hennigan and Christian Jeffords combined for 26 points to give the Tigers the edge.
“Every day we’re trying to get better. We want to make the playoffs, we want to advance in the playoffs, and every day, every game is just about us getting better and taking them one at a time,” Hopkins said. “We want to win a few games at home and go out on the road and steal a couple, and just try to put us in a good position to play at home down the road.”
Jaquan Grissett led North Myrtle Beach with 19 points while teammate Matt Lindsey poured in 11.
• NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (48) – Josh Lindsey 9, Jaquan Grissett 19, Matt Lindsey 11, Jahlen Livingston 4, Marshawn Scott 3, Cameron Gore 2.
• CONWAY (68) – Malcolm Green 10, Jalen Hennigan 12, Juquaile Croslin 2, Christian Jeffords 14, Kahmil Cooper 11, Reggie Bonner 19.
|N. Myrtle Beach||14||6||18||10||–||48|
• 3-point goals: North Myrtle Beach 5 (J. Lindsey, Grissett 2, M. Lindsey 2); Conway 1 (Hinniganan). Team fouls: North Myrtle Beach 20, Conway 13. Fouled out: Croslin. Technical fouls: Croslin, Green.
• Records: North Myrtle Beach: 2-1, Conway 2-1.
High school girls basketball
• North Myrtle Beach 55, (at) Conway 20 | India Farmer had a game- and team-high 14 points for the Chiefs, who beat the Tigers.
Taylor Allman added 12 points for North Myrtle Beach, who improved to 4-0 on the season and gave up just three points in the first quarter.
Brianna Steele led Conway with 10 points.
• NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (55) – Hannah MacIntyre 9, Ingrid Edge 4, Taylor Allman 12, Sarah McCloskey 2, Taylor White 1, Julia Cole 3, JaQuella Livingston 8, Marcie Chestnut 3, Laqueshia Stanley 2, India Farmer 14
• CONWAY (20) – Brianna Steele 10, Shonda Green 4, Miko Johnson 3, Raven Grant 1, Sierra Griffin 2
|N. Myrtle Beach||15||9||18||19||–||55|
• 3-point goals: North Myrtle Beach 4 (Allman 2, Farmer, MacIntyre); Conway 1 (Steele). Team fouls: North Myrtle Beach 14, Conway 14. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.
• Records: North Myrtle Beach 4-0; Conway 0-3.
• New Hanover 43, (at) Socastee 42 | Despite rallying in the second half, the Socastee Lady Braves dropped a heartbreaker to visiting New Hanover.
“I feel like we need to be ready in the first quarter,” Socastee coach Ginger Ford said. “Scoring 13 in the first half, it was just a lackluster offensive performance. Holding someone to 20 points in the first half isn’t terrible, but we only had 13, so we need to get out to a quicker start.”
The Braves did indeed have a slow first half, but came back strong in the second putting up 29 points to rally and close in on the lead.
“I’m proud of my team for the comeback in the third, but we need to keep our focus and we need to convert at the free throw line,” Ford said.
Kirstin Zanardo scored 16, while Kira Bell added another 15, combining for over half of Socastee’s points. With the loss, the Braves fall to 4-3.
• NEW HANOVER (43) – L.B. Shapiro 2, Tunisia Toomer 2, Grace Cameron 7, Asia Davis 5, Kapria Pressley 13, Sarah Jonkhers 4, Alex Simmons 10.
• SOCASTEE (42) – Kira Bell 15, Sydney Wortham 5, Madison Lowe 4, Sierrah McCarthy 2, Kirstin Zanardo 16.
• 3-point goals: New Hanover 3 (Cameron 2, Davis); Socastee 2 (Zanardo 2). Team fouls: New Hanover 15, Socastee 18.
• Records: Socastee 4-3