Friday, November 15, 2013
The boys and girls basketball teams from Georgetown County’s four high schools returned to the court this week in the annual Carvers Bay High School Bear Jam.
Carvers Bay coach Jeff Mezzatesta will have a young team this year after seven seniors graduated from last year’s squad that made it all the way to the Lower State final.
“We took our shot last year,” Mezzatesta said. “Every year is a different year. If this comes together we should be alright.”
The Bears closed this week’s tournament against Class AAAA Conway. Mezzatesta has put together the toughest non-conference schedule in Class A, with trips to Socastee and Myrtle Beach on tap.
The Bears will play in the tip-off game of the annual Beach Ball Classic in December, the first Georgetown County team to get that honor.
“That shows everything we’ve accomplished here,” Mezzatesta said.
Waccamaw girl’s were the first varsity team to hit the floor at the tournament.
Lady Warriors coach Robert Burdette also has a young team, and expects his ninth and 10th graders to see a lot of playing time.
He’s pleased with what he’s seen in practice and preseason so far.
“We have good team chemistry,” he said. “That’s a positive.”
Burdette plans to play an up-tempo game, trying to create points with good defense.
“We look like we’re in decent condition so we should be able to run,” he said.
Burdette will find out a lot about his team during the week of Thanksgiving, when the Lady Warriors play five games, including several at Socastee’s tournament.
Waccamaw’s boys took on Creek Bridge at the Bear Jam.
Coach Mike Quinn is hoping to continue his team’s two-year playoff streak.
He lost four seniors from last year’s squad, leaving him with a smaller and quicker team this year.
“We’re making a commitment to working really hard on and off the court and playing unselfish basketball,” Quinn said. “Our goal is 32 minutes up-tempo, hard-nosed basketball.”
Georgetown’s boys battled Myrtle Beach Christian and the girls played West Florence.
Today’s action includes, Carvers Bay’s boys JV vs. Andrews at 4:30 p.m.; Andrews girls varsity vs. Hemingway at 5:15 p.m.; Andrews boys varsity vs. St. John’s Christian at 7:30 p.m.; and Carvers Bay boys varsity vs. Conway at 9 p.m.