MYRTLE BEACH—The North Carolina women and the South Carolina men took victories in the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic over the weekend.
The North Carolina team rallied from an 11-point second half deficit to prevail by 76-67 in overtime over their counterparts from South Carolina in the women’s game. In the men’s contest, North Carolina had a phenomenal rally before falling by 99-90.
The women’s game was tied at 67-all at the end of regulation but North Carolina blanked South Carolina 9-0 in the extra stanza. North Carolina was led by MVP J’Kyra Brown of Rocky Mount with 19 points, including 16 after halftime. Ashley Williams of Green Hope scored 11, including hitting some key free throws down the stretch, and Amanda Coffer of Northern Guilford scored 10 for the winners. Teri Rogers of Eastern Alamance pulled down 14 rebounds.
The team from the Tar Heel state was down by 23 points in the men’s game before putting together an amazing 25 unanswered points. North Carolina trailed 71-48 with 13:17 left to play and raced to a 73-71 lead just 5:19 later.
However, South Carolina responded with a 16-4 run of its own to take command.
For North Carolina, Hoke’s Tarique Thompson and Isaiah Hicks of Oxford Webb led the team with 15 points each. Hicks had scored 34 points and grabbed 30 rebounds just a week earlier to lead Webb to the NCHSAA state 3-A championship.
Tyrone Outlaw of Person posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Concord’s Darren Black tied the Carolinas All-Star Classic record with eight assists.
The North Carolina Coaches Association and their counterparts from South Carolina are involved with these all-star games.