LITTLE RIVER — Things are good in North Myrtle Beach. The football team has started showing signs of promise. The volleyball team just won the Class AAA State Championship, and the girls basketball team has yet to lose a game as they opened the 2012 Shootout by the Sea holiday tournament with a 50-24 win over North Brunswick (N.C.).
“We look at this tournament as something of a stepping stone,” Chiefs coach Jude Hunt said Thursday night. “We’re playing against some different talent that we don’t typically see around here so we’re looking at it as a way to get better and improve so that when we get into region play right after Christmas we’re where we need to be. ”
North Myrtle Beach, who plays host to the tournament every year, had to take a different approach in preparations to face visiting North Brunswick.
“Since you don’t know that much about your opponents, and I’ve never seen [North Brunswick] play before, we came into this game and with the mindset, focus on what we do,” Hunt said. “We need to work all the kinks out of our system and get that ironed out before we begin to start worrying about somebody else. We have to get better through this and we’re going to progress so that we’re doing everything perfectly by the time we hit region play.”
The Chiefs were led in scoring by India Farmer, who had a game-high 18 points, while Taylor Allman poured in 16 of her own.
“Better” is somewhat of an abstract term when it comes to the Chiefs. Not much has gone wrong for a talented squad who has pulled away from teams in high scoring margins all year long. But don’t expect Coach Hunt to get excited just yet.
“I’m a little more pessimistic than most, but I think we can probably improve on what we’re doing,” Hunt said. Not that we’re doing bad, I just think there are some things that we could potentially do better. I guess as a coach you have to see those things, and that’s my job. I will give the girls props though, they’re doing a good job.”
North Brunswick was led by Ajene’ Mays’ 11 points as it couldn’t get much rolling. North Myrtle Beach’s defense played tough in the second half by giving up just eight points. Good preparation , coaching, and execution are key in tournaments like this. Three qualities the Lady Chiefs seem to have a surplus of at the moment.
“Our goal is to win [the Shootout],” Hunt said. “I definitely think we have a good shot at getting to the championship game, and giving it a shot. We’ll see.”
• NORTH BRUNSWICK (24) – Ajene’ Mays 11, Tiye Cheatham 4, Gracan Deal 2, Tiffany Keaton 2, Katrina Brown 1, Nikayla Ramsey 4.
• NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (50) – Taylor Allman 16, Jaquella Livingston 8, Marci Chestnut 7, Laquiesha Stanley 1, India Farmer 18.
• Halftime: North Myrtle Beach 31-16. 3-point goals: North Brunswick 1 (Cheatham); North Myrtle Beach 1 (Allman). Team fouls: North Brunswick 16, North Myrtle Beach 17. Fouled out: Mays. Technical fouls: None.
Contact JOSH BELL at 444-1702.