(At) Green Sea Floyds 63, Hemingway 57: Tamara Jackson and Jalinda Johnson combined for two-thirds of the Trojans’ scoring Tuesday as they got past the Tigers in a meeting of top Region VI-A schools.
"It is [a good win]," Green Sea Floyds coach Tracy Kienast said. "Both of us are ranked, we’re No. 5 and they’re No. 10 I believe in the new poll. Just two ranked teams that came to play, and it was great to come away with the win. It was a little back and forth, we got a little lead and they’d come back and we’d get a little comfortable and they’d come back again. We did a good job in the fourth quarter hitting free throws and staying calm."
That was surely the case with the Trojans going 11-for-13 from the charity stripe in the final stanza to keep their slim advantage.
"When the pressure was on, we stepped up and made free throws," Kienast said.
Jackson had 24 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals, while Johnson scored 18 and Zian Johnson added five points and 10 rebounds for Green Sea Floyds, which sits atop the region standings at 6-1 with three games left. The Trojans will meet East Clarendon on the road Friday before traveling to Lake View on Tuesday and finishing up with Creek Bridge next Thursday.
"It’s nice to be first, but we got a tough match in East Clarendon. They’re 5-2 and one game behind us," Kienast said. "We need to win Friday."
Hemingway: Holmes 8, Space 6, Stokes 10, Smith 8, Scott 5, Eaddy 20
Green Sea Floyds: Laura Black 9, Tamara Jackson 24, Jalinda Johnson 18, Kyneisha Graham 2, Salena McCall 5, Zian Johnson 5.
3-pointers: Hemingway 7 (Holmes 1, Stokes 2, Smith 2, Scott 1, Eaddy 1), GSF 4 (Jackson 2, Johnson 2). Team fouls: Hemingway 21, GSF 9. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None. Records: Hemingway 8-5, 4-3, Green Sea Floyds 11-5, 6-1 Region VI-AAA.
(At) Myrtle Beach 45, St. James 14: The Seahawks earned at least a tie for the Region VII-4A title, beating the rival Sharks by more than 30 points en route to a season sweep. Myrtle Beach improves to 16-2 overall and 7-0 in region play.
"We just played great team defense in the second half and moved ball around," Seahawks coach Jennifer Dennison said. "It was just team basketball, and we came away with the win."
Kiana Adderton led the way with a game-high 18 points, while Nia Sumpter chipped in eight and Ajia Kelly scored six for Myrtle Beach, which shut out St. James in the first quarter to set the tone, and held the Sharks to just two points in the third quarter before cruising.
Dennison said she and her team are just staying humble with two games left in region play. Myrtle Beach will travel to play Marlboro County on Tuesday before meeting North Myrtle Beach at home in the finale.
"I want to keep the girl focused and still work on the basics," she said. "We’ve done good but we got two more in the region and we’re focused on
St. James: Macquenzie Shults 2, Cherish Washington 4, Sarah Bryson 2, Dominique Gross 2, KaSwana Haynes 2, Hunter Clapham 2.
Myrtle Beach: Ajia Kelly 6, Shania Campbell 2, Ivy Collins 2, Nia Sumpter 8, Janell Horton 2, Kiana Adderton 18, Kira Bell 1, Tatyana Hollins 6.
3-pointers: SJ 0, MB 1 (Hollins 1). Team fouls: SJ 8, MB 9. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None. Team records: Myrtle Beach 16-2, 7-0; St. James N/A.
Socastee 41, (at) South Florence 38: Shayla Baldwin and Haley Atlman scored 14 points each to lead the Braves to a close win over the Bruins.
Socastee: Marta Galindez 8, Shayla Baldwin 14, Jaelyn Grandison 4, Haley Altman 14, Mercer Roberts 2.
South Florence: Amirah Nelson 6, Jada Dix 7, Kyana Willis 8, Kae Yanah Purvis 4, Darielle Hamlin 4, Morgan Perkins 9.
3-pointers: Socastee 2 (Baldwin 2), South Florence 5 (Nelson, Dix, Willis 2, Purvis 1). Team fouls: Socastee 8, South Florence 17. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None. Team records: Socastee 11-10, 5-3 Region VI-5A, South Florence 6-8, 2-5.
(At) West Florence 40, Conway 27: Lanaejha Evans’ 14 points led all scorers, but it wasn’t enough against the Knights on Tuesday night, who dealt the Tigers their first loss in Region VI-5A play.
Carolina Forest 59, (at) Sumter 50: Alexis Tomlin scored 28 points and had 21 assists, helping the Panthers pull within a game of first place in Region VI-5A. Cheyenne Pyles added 14 points, while Ellen Nardella had 11 of her own in a winning effort.
(At) North Myrtle Beach 81, Marlboro County 30: Everyone got in the act Tuesday night for the Chiefs, with 14 different players scoring points in their rout of the visiting Marlboro County. Julie Carini led the way with 14 points, while Shaquera Johnson added 11 in the win.
(At) Carvers Bay 70, Kingstree 53 | Jeremiah Greene poured in 15 points, Dijon Goss scored 13 and Stephon Green added nine to lead the Bears to a win over the Jaguars to improve to 7-2 and sole possesion of second place in Region VII-AA, while Kingstree falls to 6-3.
Kingstree: Quinten Alston 17, Koby Fulton 1, Andre Price 9, Direlle McGee 10, Jordan Cantey 14, Deontae Allen 2
Carvers Bay: Tyrek Reed 6, Jeremiah Greene 15, Will Holmes 2, Quevon Dickerson 5, Stephon Green 9, Janaz Sumpter 4, Dijon Goss 13, Andre Marks 8, Jaquan Reed 4, PJ Epps 4.
3-pointers: Kingstree 0, Carvers Bay 4 (T. Reed 1, J. Green 2, D. Goss 1). Team fouls: Kingstree 20, Carvers Bay 20. Fouled out: D. Goss (Carvers Bay), P. Butkins (Kingstree). Technical fouls: None. Team records: Carvers Bay 11-9, 7-2; Kingstree N/A, 6-3.
(At) Myrtle Beach 60, St. James 53: The Seahawks broke a 2-game losing streak with a win over the rival Sharks. Three Myrtle Beach players finished in double figures, led by Emorie Knox who had 14 points. Jayce Allen and O’Neil McBride both had 10.
St. James was led by Trey Myers, who finished with 18 points.
Christian Academy 84, (at) Dillon Academy 50: Bryce Schneider’s 18 points led the Saints as they rolled to their sixth consecutive win. Three more Christian Academy players scored in double figures in the victory.
(At) North Myrtle Beach 80, Marlboro County 55: The Chiefs kept pace with first-place Wilson, doing so with a rout of Marlboro County.
Hemingway 82, (at) Green Sea Floyds 37: Top-ranked Hemingway had no trouble with the Trojans, getting 14 points from Solomon Skinner and 11 from Keyshawn Davis and Darius Williams.
Zack Dixon had 10 points in a losing effort for Green Sea Floyds.