North Carolina methodically cut away at the lead on Saturday, overcoming a record-setting performance and rallying to force overtime to top South Carolina 76-67 in the Carolina’s All-Star Basketball Classic at Myrtle Beach High School.
North Carolina trailed by as many as 11 in the second half and were down 60-51 with 5:47 to play before Rocky Mount’s J’Kyra Brown began to take over.
Brown scored 10 points during a 16-7 North Carolina run, then added the assist on Amber Doniere’s game-tying jumper with 14 seconds left in the second half to help force overtime.
North Carolina’s defense blanked South Carolina in the extra stanza and Green Hope’s Ashley Williams was 4-for-4 from the foul line to seal the win.
“Before the coaches came in [at halftime], we all talked together, and we came to the conclusion that we had to get out on the shooters, and the transition defense was killing us,” Brown said. “Basically, we had to stop that, stop the shooters, and keep the intensity up.”
Brown, the MVP for the North Carolina team, scored 16 points in the second half and overtime and finished with a team-best 19 points.
“I knew I had our side on my back, but I just played,” Brown said. “When I had the opening, I took it.”
Williams added 11 points, Amanda Coffer of Northern Guilford had 10 points and Teri Rogers of Eastern Alamance had a game-high 13 rebounds for North Carolina.
C.E. Murray guard Naomi Moore had a record-setting performance for South Carolina, going 6-for-9 from beyond the 3-point line. The previous record for 3s in the Classic was four, a mark that Moore – who was named South Carolina’s MVP – broke in the first half.
Moore had a game-high 23 points, 5 shy of the event’s record.
Alaina Coates, the McDonald’s All-American from Dutch Fork, finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Kenya Olley had 10 rebounds and 8 points and North Myrtle Beach’s India Farmer had seven points and four rebounds.
“[North Carolina] played good, but we played good, too,” Farmer said. “Just unfortunately didn’t come out with a win. But it was a great game.”
South Carolina was coached by former Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Hunter, now the coach at Wando.
“They played hard. I’m proud of them,” Hunter said. “They are a good group. Obviously they are South Carolina’s best and we feel good about them. I don’t think we scored in overtime, but those things happen sometimes.”
The win stopped a two-game win streak for South Carolina, and gave North Carolina a 9-7 edge in the all-time series.
S.C. boys win
South Carolina rallied after giving up a huge second-half lead to top North Carolina 99-90 in the Carolina’s All-Star Classic on Saturday at Myrtle Beach High School.
Tashombe Riley of Orangeburg-Wilkinson had a game-best points and Hartsville’s Jaylen Shaw had 23. Shaw was named South Carolina’s MVP.
Isaiah Hicks of J.F. Webb and Tarique Thompson of Hoke County both had 15 points to lead North Carolina.
South Carolina has won four straight in the all-star event.