Waccamaw High's Noah Gulley tries to shoot against St. James last week. Gulley had 11 points and five rebounds against the Sharks.
Waccamaw High’s Stephon Funnye dribbles around a St. James defender last week. Funnye had nine points, including two 3-pointers, against the Sharks.
By Chris Sokoloski
Waccamaw High's boys basketball team battled St. James for four quarters last week but lost 58-51.
It was a close game in the first quarter before Matt Strange's 3-pointer gave the Sharks a 15-10 lead as the buzzer sounded.
Waccamaw tied the game at 17-17 three minutes into the second quarter, but St. James scored the next five points to take a 22-17 lead.
Rob Ferraro gave Waccamaw a lead with less then a minute left in the second, and the Warriors carried a 28-26 lead into halftime.
Waccamaw extended the lead to six points early in the third quarter, but St. James kept chipping away until Jackson Hurston hit a 3-pointer to give the Sharks a 34-32 lead at the 3:23 mark.
A little over a minute later Waccamaw's Adonis Williams tied the game with a 3-pointer.
St. James then scored the next seven points, including a 3-pointer by TreDarius McCallum, to take a 45-38 lead going into the fourth quarter.
That seven-point lead would be the margin of victory as both teams scored 13 points in the fourth quarter.
"We were in foul trouble the whole game," Waccamaw coach Mike Quinn said. "I thought our kids perservered, pretty well through the foul trouble. I think some guys grew up tonight and really learned what it's like to play in foul trouble. So it was a learning experience."
Williams and Fisher both fouled out for the Warriors.
Ferraro led the Warriors with 17 points and five rebounds; Noah Gulley had 11 points and five rebounds; Williams had nine points; and Stephon Funnye had nine points, including two 3-pointers.
"Overall I wish the scoreboard would be a little different but I'm very happy with the effort and it's all fixable," Quinn said. "We've just got to be patient down the stretch and run everything through."
Waccamaw's girls trailed by only one point at the end of the first quarter against St. James, but were outscored 44-12 in the second and third quarters to lost 54-30.
Jaynae Rice had 13 of Waccamaw's 30 points. Mary Tyler had seven points.
"Once again our problem was the points, but not so much from the shooting but from the lack of shots because we turn the ball over," Lady Warriors coach Robert Burdette said. "Credit their defense some and blame our mistakes."
Waccamaw is not a tall team and Burdette only has two players who can play forward.
"[St. James] killed us on the boards," Burdette said.
Burdette is encouraged by his team's progress this season.
"They're not playing as hard as the other teams but they're playing harder."
Da'Shaun Aiken and Shayton Durand combined for 31 points to lead Carvers Bay past Andrews 60-58.
The Bears led 16-10 at the end of the first quarter, but the Yellow Jackets rebounded to tie the score at 27-27 at the half. Andrews came out strong to take a 41-37 lead at the end of the third quarter, but Carvers Bay outscored Andrews 23-17 in the fourth to prevail.
"The hardest thing to do in basketball is beat a team three times in a season," said Carvers Bay coach Jeff Mezzatests. "I loved the way we fought to overcome adversity (poor shooting) and used their defense to find a way to create easy baskets."
Aiken had 18 points and five rebounds; Durand had 13 points, seven rebounds and five steals; Darius Williams had 10 points and three rebounds; Walter Linnen had seven points; Shaquan Durand had five points, three rebounds and five steals; DeQuan Wilson had five steals; and Rayshad Dorsey had five rebounds.
Andrews' girls bounced back from a nine-point first quarter to beat Carvers Bay 66-48.
The Yellow Jackets trailed 12-9 at the end of the first quarter, but took the lead for good with a 14-point second quarter.
Brittany McKnight had 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead Andrews. Zanayvia Deas had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Latesja Deas had 11 points and four rebounds, Tionna White had 10 points and five rebounds, Shemeika McCray had eight points and six steals, and Nyesha Filmore had eight points and three steals.
Georgetown held Conway to seven points in the second quarter, but the Tigers rallied for 42 points in the second half to beat the Bulldogs 62-57.
The Bulldogs trailed 13-13 at the end of the first quarter, rallied to take a 27-20 lead at halftime. Conway then outscored Georgetown 42-30 in the second half.
Charlie McGirt had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Georgetown. Eddie Anderson had 14 points, six assists and two steals; Stephon Cuttino had nine points; A.J. Walker had seven points and eight rebounds; and Dae'Quan Gibson had five points and three steals.
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