Several area basketball teams aren’t waiting for the full opening to the 2012 season to get underway.
The Socastee girls basketball team is again playing host to the Lady Braves Sand & Hoops Invitational this week. The tournament, which kicks off today, also includes area teams St. James, Carolina Forest, Myrtle Beach, Georgetown and Waccamaw, as well as Mullins and Cheraw.
Cheraw, which appeared in the Class AA state playoff quarterfinals a year ago, is attempting to repeat as the Sand & Hoops champion. However, this year's event has doubled in number of teams to eight.