|by Trenton Smith, NorthMyrtleBeachOnline.com
North Myrtle Beach, SC-With the end of the regular season in sight, the Chiefs and Lady Chiefs are battling hard against region opponents for the top spot in playoff brackets. With wins against Wilson High and Georgetown High, the Lady Chiefs are now 6-2 in region play, while the Chiefs are now 5-3 in Region VIII-AAA with a loss to Wilson and a win against Georgetown High this past week.
Allman Scores Thirty to Put Lady Chiefs Past Wilson
On Tuesday, February 1st, the Lady Chiefs traveled to take on the Wilson High Lady Tigers. North Myrtle Beach outscored the Lady Tigers 18-12 in the first quarter and stayed ahead 35-27 at halftime. Wilson pulled closer the Lady Chiefs in the third quarter, but North Myrtle built on their 47-42 lead to take the win 69-58. The Lady Chiefs were hot during the first half, shooting 54% from the floor. They cooled down in the second half with a 32% shooting percentage, but still managed to shot 42% for the game. Taylor Allman led the Lady Chiefs on both sides of the ball with 30 points, while India Farmer completed a double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Jaquella Livingston grabbed another 11 rebounds for the Lady Chiefs.
The Lady Chiefs kept things rolling that week with a win at home against the Georgetown High Lady Bulldogs on Friday, February 4th. The Lady Chiefs played well again in the first half, building a 19-32 lead despite shooting just 37%. North Myrtle Beach seemed to ease off in the third quarter, allowing the Lady Bulldogs to outscore them 15-11 in the third quarter. However, the Lady Chiefs hung on for the 53-61 win. The Lady Chiefs maintained their lead throughout the game, but shot just 28% in the second half. Taylor Allman and India Farmer again led the Lady Chiefs in the scoring column with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Kendricka Bellamy kept the ball in North Myrtle Beach hands with ten rebounds and five steals. The Lady Chiefs are now 17-5 overall.
Chiefs Can't Keep Up with Wilson, but Win Big Against Bulldogs
The Chiefs were missing Dylan Poston's usual performance while facing their biggest region challenge on Tuesday night, the Wilson High Tigers. The Chiefs fell way behind early after being outscored 10-27 in the first quarter. The second quarter wasn't much better, as the Tigers built up a 21-48 lead by halftime. The Chiefs fought back in the third, but that wasn't enough to make up for their 24% shooting percentage in the first half. North Myrtle managed to shoot 51% in the second half, but Wilson held on for a 54-87 win. Timmy Bellamy and Jaquan Grissett combined for 23 points, while Temarrick Hemingway came off the bench to score 16. Rodrick Hemingway had ten rebounds for the Chiefs.
Friday night was a much different story, as North Myrtle Beach hosted the Georgetown High Bulldogs in another region matchup. North Myrtle jumped out in the first half, building a 22-37 lead after shooting a solid 42%. Neither team could get the baskets to fall in the second half, but the Chiefs did manage to stretch their first half lead, taking the win 36-56. The Chiefs scored just 19 in the second half, making just 29% of their shots. Dylan Poston and Temarrick Hemingway each scored 15 for the Chiefs, and Hemingway controlled the boards with 14 rebounds. Jaquan Grissett added another 11 points for North Myrtle Beach. The Chiefs are now 14-8 overall.
The Chiefs and Lady Chiefs will finish region play this week, hosting Socastee High on February 8th at 6 pm and traveling to take on Myrtle Beach High on February 10th. Come out and support North Myrtle Beach basketball!