The North Myrtle Beach High School girls and boys basketball teams gave the visiting Conway teams a double beating last Tuesday, with the girls winning 56-4. That’s not a typo. Then the boys team put on a defensive show with a 55-31 victory.
The Lady Chiefs opened the scoring when Riley Vincent swished a three-point shot soon after the game started. A short time later, following a turnover, Jenna Berger scored with an assist from Jordan Berger, and Jenna scored another layup following a steal. Vincent hit another basket from the right side, Jordan Berger rebounded a missed shot up and in, and Conway called a timeout at the 4:43 mark of the first period trailing 11-0.
The Lady Chiefs were not letting Conway get a good shot off and most trips down the court were either cut short by a NMB steal, or blocked shot. That then led to layups by both Bergers and a Daveona Hatchell shot under the basket for a 17-0 lead with 1:56 left. The quarter ended 18-0.
The second quarter began with baskets by Ashanti White, Jermisha Moss and a foul shot from Jordan Berger to give North Myrtle Beach a 23-0 lead. Conway finally scored on a free throw but then failed to get another point in the first half. The Lady Chiefs continued their tough defense, while adding eight more points and a 31-1 halftime advantage.
The third quarter was more of the same, the Lady Chiefs scoring 15 points in the quarter and Conway managing just one basket in the last minute and looking at a 46-3 deficit after the third quarter.
Coach Brooke Smith used her bench for most of the final eight minutes and got enough scoring from the starters in and out of the game to close out Conway 56-4, the only Conway point made on a free throw in the last minute of the game. Jenna Berger led all scorers with 16 points. Jordan Berger added 12 points and Riley Vincent contributed 7 points to the win.
The Lady Chiefs stayed close to home Thursday through Saturday while competing in the Kay Yow Division of the Beach Ball Classic/Crescom Bank Holiday Invitational in Myrtle Beach.
The Lady Chiefs began play Thursday afternoon with a 51-34 win over Parkview Georgia. On Friday the Lady Chiefs ended up on the wrong side of a 36-25 score against Sumter. The Lady Chiefs played and won the third- place game, beating Carrollton Georgia 54-45. The championship was won by Northwest Guilford, who beat Sumter 50-39.
The boys game with Conway was one of the Chiefs best defensive efforts of the year. The Chiefs held Conway to six points in the first quarter and half of the second, while they scored 18 points in that same amount of time. Chad Beasley scored the first five points for the Chiefs on a drive down the lane and a three-point shot from the left side. Beasley added two free throws at the 3:06 mark as he was fouled driving the lane. Rogan Vincent added a three from the left side and Beasley drove for two more points and a 12-4 Chiefs lead. The Chiefs led 14-6 after one quarter and Conway had few open shots, and more traveling calls and tie-ups due to the Chiefs defense.
Neither team added much scoring in the first half of the second quarter, with the Chiefs holding an 18-8 advantage with 4:10 left. While the Chiefs defense bothered Conway, North Myrtle Beach found a scoring touch. Tyree Smith hit a jumper at the foul line, Kymani Knox scored from under the basket, Smith added another basket, Vincent another three-pointer and Knox again from the baseline. The half ended with the Chiefs leading 29-10.
The Chiefs opened the third quarter with a Javi Marlowe drive and a three-pointer from Travis Collins. Collins scored two more baskets sandwiched around a Knox steal and shot under the basket. Conway called a timeout at the 4:29 mark of the quarter and the Chiefs in front by 40-14. The home crowd enjoyed the steals and a layup to add to the scoring and a 46-16 lead after three quarters.
Coach Ryan Walker let his bench get some playing time in the final quarter, and that, along with Conway finally hitting their shots, got Conway a little closer as they outscored the Chiefs 15-9 in the final eight minutes.
The Chiefs offense was led by Chad Beasley with 12 points and Travis Collins with 11 points. Ten players scored for the Chiefs. Coach Walker was happy with the team’s effort. “The guys played great defense. Number 11 and 4 for them were making it hard for us at times, but our guys did a great job overall. Good hustle, solid defense and rebounding. Everybody contributed,” Walker said.
The Chiefs travelled to West Brunswick Friday and Saturday for a tournament. They beat Clinton High School 45-34 and then won over North Davidson on Saturday by a 69-67 score in the Wing and Fish Classic.
The North Myrtle Beach teams return to action December 27-28 in the Waccamaw Tournament.