Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Socastee dominated the boards on Saturday en route to a 55-35 win over region rival Georgetown.
Socastee outrebounded Georgetown 42-15. Of the 11 Braves who saw action in the game, only two did not grab a rebound.
The game was scheduled for Friday night, but was played Saturday afternoon because Horry County schools were closed Friday. A winter storm forced the cancellation of all practices and most games last week.
“We were glad to get this one because we were a little anxious before the game because of the time off from practice, you don't know how the kids are going to respond,” said Socastee coach DeAndre Scott. “I thought we actually responded pretty well. We couldn't hit a lot from the perimeter but our kids did a good job of being smart, trying to attack the basket and we did a good job with that.”
Both teams started slowly, with the Braves taking a 9-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Georgetown went on a run to tie it at 9-9 less than a minute into the second quarter, but Socastee dominated the rest of the quarter to take a 25-17 lead at halftime.
The Braves outscored the Bulldogs 18-4 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Max Kjosa led Socastee with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Adarius McCray had 10 points three rebounds and two assists; Koel Cutler had nine points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals; Finn Melko had eight points, four rebounds and four assists; Dante Moore had six points, five rebounds and two steals; Tamir Brown had six points and eight rebounds; and Dylan Thompson has three rebounds.
No Bulldog scored in double-figures in the game. As a team, Georgetown only hit on 20 percent of its shots.
“Offense rebounds were killing us. We couldn't put the ball in the hole,” said Bulldogs coach Alvin “Stitch” Walker. “We're better than this.”
The Lady Braves and Lady Bulldogs battled down to the wire before Socastee won 49-40.
Socastee led 32-31 with 7:33 left in game, but began to pull away as time ran down.
“Whatever the girls did this week they did on their own,” said Lady Braves coach Virginia Ford. “Whether it was running, exercising at home, getting together and finding a place to go shoot … We practiced when we came to the gym today and got in about an hour before the game.”
Ninth-grader Kira Bell led Socastee with 23 points and 14 rebounds. She was 5-of-7 from the free throw line.
“She really came up big and she's really improved her free-throw shooting,” Ford said. “This was probably the best we've shot as a team from the free-throw line.”
Mia Angelo had nine points, Sydney Wortham had eight, and Sierrah McCarthy had four.
Moet Spann led Georgetown with 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals.
Kayla Howard 12 points, three assists, three rebounds and five steals; Justis Evans had seven points, four rebounds, two steals, and three blocks; and Jamia Porcher had six points and two steals.
“We just didn't capitalize on a bunch of turnovers,” said lady Bulldogs coach Tony Ford. “We didn't protect the ball. They played a good game.”
Waccamaw lost to region rivals Mullins (80-62) on Friday and Dillon (67-55) on Saturday.
Rob Ferraro and Adonis Williams combined for 35 points against the Auctioneers. Ferraro also had 10 rebounds and three steals.
Jack Dwyer had eight points, seven rebounds and three assists; Justin Busby had seven points; Jemon Smalls had four points, five rebounds and two assists; Justin Hardee had four points; and Deandre Richardson had three rebounds.
Ferraro and Williams combined for 32 points against the Wildcats. Ferraro also had 10 rebounds and two steals.
Smalls had eight points, four rebounds and two assists; Busby had five points, three rebounds and two assists; Dwyer had four points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals; and Stephon Funnye had five rebounds, two assist and two steals.
The Lady Warriors lost 79-25 to Mullins and 60-10 to Dillon.
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