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January 28, 2013

North Myrtle Beach girls move up to No. 4 in state hoops rankings

The North Myrtle Beach girls basketball team improved two spot in the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association statewide poll, released Monday.

The Chiefs, who last week defeated Socastee and St. James, moved to 18-2 overall and 6-0 in Region VII-AAA. Jude Hunt’s team is one win away from securing a playoff spot and could win the region as soon as Friday with a pair of victories this week over Wilson and Georgetown.

Two other area teams also remained in the rankings. The North Myrtle Beach boys squad (15-5 overall, 5-1 Region VII-AAA) remained No. 7 in the state following wins last week over St. James and Socastee.

Rounding out the list is Carvers Bay, which moved up a spot in the Class A rankings to No. 3. The Bears (14-5, 6-0 Region VII-A) have won eight straight games. The team’s last loss came Dec. 20 to Myrtle Beach in the Panther Classic.

With one more victory, coach Jeff Mezzatesta’s team will not only secure a playoff spot, but a top-three region finish.

This week's poll:

Class AAAA Boys

1. Irmo

2. Hillcrest

3. Dorman

4. South Pointe

5. Rock Hill

6. T.L. Hanna

7. Spring Valley

8. Summerville

9. West Ashley

10. Goose Creek

Class AAAA Girls

1. Dutch Fork

2. West Ashley

3. Greenwood

4. Goose Creek

5. Spring Valley

6. Dorman

7. Northwestern

8. J.L. Mann

9. Aiken

10. Summerville

Class AAA Boys

1. Hartsville

2. Eastside

3. Southside

4. Darlington

5. Lower Richland

6. Seneca

7. North Myrtle Beach

8. Daniel

9. Orangeburg-Wilkinson

10. Strom Thurmond

Class AAA Girls

1. Orangeburg-Wilkinson

2. Lower Richland

3. Wren

4. North Myrtle Beach

5. Dreher

6. Crestwood

7. Daniel

8. Greenville

9. Seneca

10. Berea

Class AA Boys

1. Lake Marion

2. Newberry

3. Keenan

4. Landrum

5. Marion

6. Indian Land

7. Woodland

8. Batesburg-Leesville

9. Mullins

10. Blacksburg

Class AA Girls

1. Mullins

2. Bishop England

3.Fairfield Central

4. Lake City

5. Cheraw

6. Andrew Jackson

7. Blacksburg

8. Ninety-Six

9. Silver Bluff

10. Dillon

Class A Boys

1. Whale Branch

2. Johnsonville

3. Carvers Bay

4. Fox Creek

5. C.E. Murray

6. Baptist Hill

7. Allendale-Fairfax

8. Ware Shoals

9. Christ Church

10. Wagener-Salley

Class A Girls

1. Timmonsville

2. Latta

3. Whale Branch

4. Christ Church

5. Ridge Spring-Monetta

6. Hemingway

7. St. Joseph’s

8. Denmark-Olar

9. McBee

10. McCormick

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Ian Guerin has been covering sports in Myrtle Beach since 2005 and in South Carolina since 2004. In that time, he has served as a reporter on the college and high school beats at multiple publications. You can reach him directly via [email protected]


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