LITTLE RIVER — Cameron Gore had such a good day. He figured he’d just keep it going throughout the end of the night.
The North Myrtle Beach senior, who signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his football career at NCAA Division II Limestone Wednesday morning, scored 13 points for the Chiefs basketball team in a 71-48 victory over Socastee.
“It’s just a great day,” Gore said. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming about for a long time.”
After not playing the first quarter, Gore scored all of his points in the second on 4-of-6 shooting. He drilled a pair of 3s, helping North Myrtle Beach to a double-digit lead at the break.
It was icing on the cake for Gore, who had 601 receiving yards and six touchdowns for Perry Woolbright’s North Myrtle Beach football team this fall. It equated to his college offer, one he accepted after his official visit last weekend.
But, like any Chiefs basketball game when Frank Moorhead’s team is at its best, Gore wasn’t alone Wednesday evening. Matt Lindsey finished with 14 points. Josh Lindsey added 13.
In fact, by the time one minute had elapsed in the second quarter, seven different North Myrtle Beach players had scored. Nine Chiefs entered the scoring column before the blowout victory was over.
“Our offense is even better [than earlier in the year],” Moorhead said. “We’ve moved the ball better when we haven’t practiced – so figure that out.”
Like the rest of the Horry County teams, the Chiefs were unable to practice all of last week. The team played on Sunday, used an abbreviated practice on Monday and then played Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Like rival Myrtle Beach, the Chiefs are flexing their muscles when they need to most.
North Myrtle Beach kept pace with the Seahawks – who defeated Georgetown Wednesday – and trail by only a half game in the Region VII-AAA standings.
After two more games (Friday at Georgetown and Tuesday at Socastee), the Chiefs and Seahawks will face off next Thursday in Little River for what is developing to be for rights to the region title.
NMB girls top Socastee
It wasn’t the prettiest game played this year, even if the result was one North Myrtle Beach could be happy with.
The Chiefs girls defeated Socastee 50-37 in a game that featured 67 combined turnovers, including 32 from North Myrtle Beach.
“Turnovers have been an issue consistently for us,” Chiefs coach Jude Hunt said. “We’re still trying to get our turnover numbers down. We’re trying to make up for our problems on offense by playing good defense.”
North Myrtle Beach held the Braves to 38.5 percent shooting, and most of that damage was done early.
The Braves scored five points in the opening quarter against Georgetown on Saturday and were then held to four against Myrtle Beach Tuesday. On Wednesday, it was a similar story, as Ginger Ford’s team was 3-of-9 from the floor and had 10 first-quarter turnovers en route to just six points – something that forced Socastee to again play from behind for the entire game.
The Braves did score their first points until midway through the first quarter.
Three Chiefs finished in double figures, led by freshman Aquera Johnson’s 14 points and 15 rebounds. Ingrid Edge scored 13 and Marci Chestnut added a double-double of her own with 11 points and 12 boards.
Kira Bell had a team-high 10 points for Socastee before fouling out in the final quarter.
With the win, North Myrtle Beach (14-6, 4-3 Region VII-AAA) moved into second place in the region, a half game ahead of 3-3 Wilson. Socastee (12-9, 3-4) dropped into a fourth-place with St. James.
Those three teams are still in line for playoff bid behind undefeated Myrtle Beach. Based on realistic expectations, though, they might all be playing for second place.
“As far as catching them and knocking them out of first, it’s going to be tough,” Hunt said. “Everybody’s still making up so many games. The picture’s pretty cloudy.”
• SOCASTEE (37) – Maegen Harelson 5, Kira Bell 10, Mia Angelo 6, Sierrah McCarthy 6, Amber Rutledge 6, Sydney Wortham 2, Shayla Baldwin 2.
• NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (50) – Ingrid Edge 13, Ronshelia Dewitt 7, Marci Chestnut 11, Aquera Johnson 14, Rayni Newman 2, Asia Duncan 3.
• 3-point goals: Socastee 2 (Harrelson, McCarthy). Team fouls: Socastee 24, North Myrtle Beach 11. Fouled out: Bell, Madison Lowe (S). Technical fouls: Lowe (S).
• Records: Socastee (12-9, 3-4); North Myrtle Beach (14-6, 4-2)
• SOCASTEE (48) –Dylan Thompson 8, Finn Melko 14, Max Kjosa 4, Adarius McCray 7, Dante Moore 9, Tamir Brown 6.
• NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (71) – Josh Lindsey 13, Kendrick Furness 5, Matt Lindsey 14, Matt Stanaland 6, Drew Dunn 8, Tyrique Robinson 7, Doodle Hill 2, Devan Nance 3, Cameron Gore 13.
• 3-point goals: Socastee 1 (Dante Moore); North Myrtle Beach 10 (Cameron Gore 2, Josh Lindsey 2, Drew Dunn 2, Tyrique Robinson, Kendrick Furness, Matt Lindsey, Devan Nance). Team fouls: SOC 8, NMB 8. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.
• Records: Socastee 12-9, 4-3 Region VII-AAA; North Myrtle Beach 17-4, 6-1
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