The Georgetown Bulldogs defeated the Loris Lions 52-43 at Georgetown High School Dec. 12. The Bulldogs are now 8-1 on the season while the Lions are 1-3 on the season.

“We hustled hard, boxed out and played defense,” senior forward Jerry Dorsey said.

Loris was undefeated last season until they lost in the third round of the SCHSL playoffs. Georgetown head coach Mike Ford said he knew the Lions would give his team a test.

“We are going to get tested every night,” Ford said. “They are a real good team and I knew they would come in here and play good ball. We needed that test. In order to be a good playoff team you gotta be able to play in close games.”

The victory over Loris puts the exclamation point on a day where the Bulldogs were ranked third in the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association 3A poll behind only Keenan High and Ridgeland-Hardeeville.

Ford said he didn’t tell his team where they were ranked in the poll until after the game.

“For us to be number three in the state, that shows they are working hard and buying in,” Ford said. “We are trying to give the community a buzz, something that hasn’t been going on in a long time. We aren’t going to be complacent and we aren’t going to be satisfied. There is a lot of basketball left to be played.”

Region VIII rivals Manning and Bishop England are also in the top 10, with the Monarchs coming in at number four and the Battling Bishops at number seven.

Dorsey recorded his first double-double of the season for the Bulldogs, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He also dished out five assists and made three steals and blocked two shots.

Senior guard Melquan Cromedy added eight points off the bench. Sophomore guard Omar Mitchell and freshman forward Isaiah Howell both added six points. Howell also chased down seven rebounds. 

“Those guys play with a lot of energy and passion,” Ford said. “We have a deep bench so every night, it’s going to be somebody different. That’s a big plus of this team. No one is playing hero ball and no one cares about being the man.”

Junior forward William Hemmingway scored 12 points for the Lions. Senior guard Jahrique Isaiah added eight points while sophomore D.J. Blakemore scored six points.

Loris started the game on a 9-2 run, putting the Georgetown defense on it’s heels early. Georgetown battled back, however, taking a 13-11 lead after a made three by Cromedy and a tough layup by Dorsey. That score would hold until the end of the first quarter.

“You gotta be able to settle down,” Ford said. “We were able to fight through that and find a way to win.”

The Georgetown offense continued to build steam in the second quarter with a 14-2 run that included a Howell dunk. Georgetown built a 22-11 lead with 2:49 left before Loris scored their first bucket of the quarter.

The Bulldogs led 30-19 at halftime. Dorsey scored 12 of his 13 points in the first half while Hemmingway had seven points for Loris. Howell scored all six.

Georgetown opened the quarter with a couple buckets, but Loris built some momentum with a thunderous dunk by Isaiah followed by a made three pointer that cut the lead to nine. Georgetown held a 40-33 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

A bucket and a steal by Isaiah cut the Bulldogs lead to 40-35 to begin the final frame. Georgetown built the lead back up to seven, but with 1:17 remaining Loris cut the lead to 49-43. The Bulldogs held the Lions scoreless for the final 1:17 and held on for the win.

Ford said one of the struggles his team had against Loris was knowing when to give the ball up and when to keep it and drive to the basket.

“It's just knowing you don’t have to do everything by yourself. It’s a team and we are a family. Everyone has their role. We are stilling learning and we have room to get better,” Ford said.

The Bulldogs will travel to Murrells Inlet to play St. James on Saturday afternoon. Action kicks off with the JV girls starting at noon. The varsity boys will play the final game of the afternoon.

Georgetown will then play Socastee on the road Dec. 18 before playing in two holiday tournaments Dec. 20-21 at Darlington High and Dec. 27-29 at the Christmas Basketball Tournament at Lee Central High School.

“We are playing good ball right now. It’s little things we are trying to work out,” Ford said. “That’s what the Christmas break is for and when we can get everything together heading into region.”

Georgetown County Scores

Boys Varsity: Waccamaw 63, Aynor 34

St. James 38, West Brunswick 53

Girls Varsity: St. James 37, West Brunswick 30

Aynor 40, Waccamaw 35