CONWAY — During the fourth quarter of North Myrtle Beach’s game at Conway on Tuesday, Matt Lindsey gave everyone a microcosm of what the Chiefs’ season has become and what it will continue to be.
The senior snagged an offensive rebound in the lane, only to dribble it back beyond the 3-point line and immediately put up a long shot. The team didn’t need the bucket. But in many ways, habits are hard to break.
The guard-laden North Myrtle Beach roster may at times have its quirks, but as Lindsey and coach Frank Moorhead point out, this is what the Chiefs have to work with.
“Our tallest guy is 6-1,” Moorhead said after his team knocked off Conway 55-48 in one of the squad’s final non-region games. “That’s the nature of our game.”
Technically, North Myrtle Beach has players listed as forwards on the roster. In reality, though, there’s no telling who will bring the ball up the court, and who will do what once it crossed midcourt.
It’s a system that has proved mostly reliable to date.
The Chiefs (10-3) won all but one game at the Sunshine Classic Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., over the holiday break. After a layoff of more than a week, it continued to work against Conway.
Lindsey finished with a game-high 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting. He hit four 3-pointers in the game, but the oft up-tempo offense also created several easy looks.
“We run the floor and we have to get out and run when we can,” Lindsey said.
Using the philosophy, North Myrtle Beach raced out to a double-digit lead. The Chiefs were 7-of-7 shooting during the first quarter and gave Conway plenty of fits. After all, coach Mike Hopkins’ team will start to see some more traditional squads next week when Region VI-AAAA play opens at Sumter.
“You play a team like North Myrtle Beach, they play smart together,” Hopkins said. “They play smart together. … When we get into region, we’ll face more fours and fives.”
The only real hiccup for the Chiefs came early in the fourth, when they didn’t score for the first 2:40 of the period. The Tigers (4-6) eventually trimmed what had been a 15-point third-quarter lead to as few as three points with 4:27 to play. But it would get no closer than that.
The win allowed North Myrtle Beach to keep some positive momentum going in advance of next week’s Region VII-AAA opener. And with the way most of the non-conference results have turned out, the Chiefs’ hopes moving forward are high.
“I think we have a pretty good chance of winning the region,” Lindsey said.
• NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (55) – Matt Lindsey 26, Cameron Gore 6; Colby Gore 2; Drew Dunn 4; Doodle Hill 4; Josh Lindsey 9; Clark McIntyre 2; Tyrique Robinson 2.
• CONWAY (48) – Christian Jeffords 13; Demar Williams 14; Cortez Brown 3; Jalen Hennigan 10; Tyrell Denney 6; Travarius Samuel 1; Shiheem Benson 1.
• 3-point goals: North Myrtle Beach 5 (Matt Lindsey 4, Josh Lindsey); Conway 1 (Christian Jeffords). Team fouls: NMB 10; CON 15. Fouled out: Demar Williams. Technical fouls: None.
• Records: North Myrtle Beach 10-3; Conway 4-6.
Conway girls surge to win
Conway guard Aishera Williams scored a game-high 19 points in the Tigers’ 47-36 win over North Myrtle Beach to open the night.
With a late push that included a 10-point scoring advantage in the final quarter, coach Shamae Hemingway’s squad moved to 9-5.
“I love to see the fight in them,” Hemingway said. “You need to start to show some consistency. … But it’s showing that they are growing.”
Conway led by one point with three minutes remaining before it stretched the lead with three Williams layups and several free throws. Conway forward LaShonda Green also finished in double figures, scoring 10 points and adding eight rebounds.
It was more than enough to overcome an 18-point, 18-rebound performance from Chiefs freshman Aquera Johnson. She was two rebounds shy of a double-double at halftime, when Conway led 18-15. North Myrtle Beach led 8-2 midway through the first quarter before being held to just five points in the next eight minutes.
• NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (36) – Aquera Johnson 18; Ingrid Edge 6; Ronshelia DeWitt 4; Marci Chestnut 6; Hannah McIntyre 2.
• CONWAY (47) – Aishera Williams 19; Zakera Chadman 6; Janecia Hemingway 8; LaShonda Green 10; Tierra Spain 2; Miko Johnson 2.
• 3-point goals: None. Team fouls: NMB 16; CON 16. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.
• Records: North Myrtle Beach 7-6; Conway 9-5.
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