NMBHS graduate Farmer in
freshman season for Gamecocks
By Steve LeMaster
The University of South Carolina women’s basketball team ranks one of the top squads in the nation and a first-year player from North Myrtle Beach High School is contributing in her freshman season. Freshman guard India Farmer, a North Myrtle Beach High School graduate, has appeared in 12 of South Carolina’s 26 games in the 2013-14 season. Currently, South Carolina is ranked fourth in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
Farmer starred for Coach Jude Hunt’s Chiefs at North Myrtle Beach High School. She was named all-state as a senior and had several offers from other women’s college basketball programs before signing with South Carolina.
The highly-productive Farmer helped lead the North Myrtle Beach High School girls’ basketball team to its first region title in eight seasons. North Myrtle Beach’s run during Farmer’s senior season included a perfect 10-0 record against Region VII-AAA competition. The standout earned all-conference honors three times (2011, 2012, 2013), ranking as one of the state’s top players throughout her high school career.
During her senior season, Farmer averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals per game for North Myrtle Beach High School. She played for Jerome Dickerson’s 76ers in AAU.
Farmer is a six-foot freshman. The University of South Carolina women’s basketball program includes additional in-state players from Myrtle Beach, Chester, Goose Creek, Columbia and Irmo.
Myrtle Beach High School graduate Khadijah Sessions is a sophomore guard for the Gamecocks. Thus far in South Carolina’s 2013-14 season, Sessions has appeared in 21 games, logging 18 starts.
Seahawks win over Chiefs
By Steve LeMaster
Senior guard Matt Lindsey scored a game-high 21 points and the Chiefs drained eight 3-pointers but it wasn’t enough to lift North Myrtle Beach over Myrtle Beach when the two longtime rivals met for their latest postseason matchup. Myrtle Beach held off North Myrtle Beach, defeating the Chiefs 51-46 to win the Region VII-AAA boys’ basketball title at Conway High School on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
With the win, Myrtle Beach improved to 19-6. The victory over North Myrtle Beach also affords Myrtle Beach three home games in the Class 3-A State Playoffs.
Following the loss, North Myrtle Beach fell to 20-5. The Chiefs fell short after edging Myrtle Beach 55-52 on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Three Myrtle Beach players reached double figures in the scoring column. Brooks Swanson led Myrtle Beach with a team-best 16 points. Following Swanson’s individual effort, Drew Allan netted 12 points and Solomon Cooper pushed in 10 for the Seahawks.
Myrtle Beach thrived from the foul line, draining 19-of-24 free throws. Allan was 8-of-8 from the foul line.
Experienced Myrtle Beach, which features nine seniors, led at the conclusion of each quarter. The Chiefs, remained within striking distance, though.
After carrying a hard-fought 15-12 lead out of the opening quarter, Myrtle Beach outscored the Chiefs 13-6 in the second period to lead 28-18 at halftime.
Far from safe, North Myrtle Beach’s halftime lead was quickly cut down to single digits after the break. North Myrtle Beach flourished offensively in the second half. But the Chiefs couldn’t get enough opportunities on their offensive end.
Myrtle Beach led 38-33 at the end of the third quarter.
Anthony McNeil finished one shot short of double figures, scoring eight points for Myrtle Beach in the win. Aiding the Myrtle Beach scoring attack, William Gary and Coleman Martini added three and two points, respectively.
Only two North Myrtle Beach players reached double figures in the scoring column. Joining his brother in double figures, Matt Lindsey added 21 points for the Chiefs.
Matthew Stanaland and Cameron Gore chipped in four points apiece for North Myrtle Beach in the loss. Rounding out the North Myrtle Beach scoring, Drew Dunn and Colby Gore contributed three points apiece for the Chiefs.
North Myrtle Beach made limited trips to the foul line, connecting on four of seven free throws.
Myrtle Beach 51, North Myrtle Beach 46
North Myrtle Beach (46): Josh Lindsey 11, Matt Lindsey 21, Matthew Stanaland 4, Drew Dunn 3, Cameron Gore 4, Colby Gore 3
Myrtle Beach (51): Solomon Cooper 10, Brooks Swanson 16, Drew Allan 12, William Gray 3, Anthony McNeil 8, Coleman Martini 2.
North Myrtle Beach...12 6 15 13-46
Myrtle Beach...15 13 10 13-51