MYRTLE BEACH — Despite coaching and player changes, the Myrtle Beach girls basketball team has been as consistent as any other in the state when it comes to the first round of the state playoffs.
Since the current postseason format was adopted, the Seahawks have won at least one playoff game all 12 years.
Make that 13.
Myrtle Beach defeated Hanahan 58-32 on Thursday at home to extend the streak and reach Saturday’s second round.
“This is a great program,” sophomore guard Keocia Walker said. “To be a part of this, to lead this team to another playoff victory is great.”
Walker has only been at Myrtle Beach since November, when she transferred from Toccoa, Ga. However, she’s already made an impact.
On Wednesday she was named the Region VII-AAA Player of the Year. A day later, she scored 12 and added six assists in the win over Hanahan.
Her personal story is the epitome of the last decade-plus for the Seahawks. Despite multiple coaches and more than a few new faces each year, Myrtle Beach (14-10) has continued to win in the postseason.
“It says a lot about the offseason with the conditioning,” Dennison said. “We keep them in the pool doing strength training. Everything paid off in the long run.
“It makes me proud of the young ladies. To keep that legacy, those women who are in college and finished college, they’re proud of these ladies.”
Kiana Adderton finished Thursday’s game with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Many of those numbers helped Myrtle Beach put the game out of reach.
The Seahawks will move on to face Lakewood on Saturday. It will be then that Myrtle Beach will attempt to win a second-round game for the first time since it’s back-to-back state title seasons in 2010 and 2011.
Dennison’s team, courtesy of its Region VII-AAA title, has home-court advantage for that game, and with a win, Tuesday’s third round as well.
“There are a lot of things we need to do,” Walker said. “We need to handle pressure. We need to keep our composure.”
Said Dennison: “It’s going to be a more physical game. We have to play great defense. We have to come out and play Seahawk basketball.”
• HANAHAN (32) – McKenzie Yon 8, Jalyn Washington 3, Hannah Brown 2, Mikaela Arigo 2, Alexis Harper 8, Tenea Hamilton 5, Amber Conley 4.
• MYRTLE BEACH (58) – Ivy Collins 5, Keocia Walker 12, Kyerra Adderton 4, Nia Sumpter 9, Gabby Moore 2, Nakia Black 2, Mia Pressley 6, Tatyanna Hollins 2, Kiana Adderton 14, Tanya Dennison 2
• 3-point goals: Hanahan 1 (Washington). Team fouls: Hanahan 12, Myrtle Beach 12. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.
• Records: Hanahan 12-14; Myrtle Beach 14-10 .
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