South Carolina’s senior high school basketball players scored a double victory over their counterparts from North Carolina Saturday night with wins in both the boys and girls games of the Carolinas All Star Classic at Socastee High School.
The SC boys broke open their game late in the first half and ran away to a 114-91 victory. The win snaps a two game losing streak for SC which now trails in the series 12-7.
The smaller SC team used its speed and quickness to overcome a NC team that featured a frontline of 7-2, 6-11 and 6-9. SC relied on three point shooting to offset the size disadvantage. SC finished the night 16-48 from three point range. NC was just 4-27 beyond the arc. And SC forced 25 turnovers which they converted into 41 points.
SC went on a 13-0 run to stretch a 32-29 lead to 45-29 with four minutes left in the first half. They led 55-39 at halftime. The lead grew to as much as 28 points in the second half and NC never got closer than 13 points.
Darlington’s Frankie Johnson hit four three pointers and finished with 14 points and 4 assists to take home MVP honors for SC. Ian Kinard of Gray Collegiate Academy in Columbia led SC in scoring with 18 points. Six SC players scored in double figures.
In the girls’ game, SC saw a double digit lead evaporate in the final minutes but held on for a 78-77 victory. The win snaps a three game losing streak in the series for SC. NC leads the series 11-8.
SC led 39-29 at halftime and had a 10 point lead with 4:27 to play. But NC chipped away at the lead and tied the game at 77 on two free throws by Lexie Mercer with 14 seconds left.
SC got the ball to Dreher’s Jhileiya Dunlap on its final possession and she drew a foul with 12 seconds to play. She made the first free throw and missed the second. NC’s Angel Rizor claimed the rebound but Kionna Jeter came up with a steal that saved the victory.
Jessica Harris of Sumter earned MVP honors for SC with 16 points, 7 steals and 3 assists. Dunlap had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.