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Lady Eagles take second in inaugural Zaxby's Tip-Off Classic

By J. SCOTT SEWELL
jscott@theitem.com
Posted 11/26/19

The Scott's Branch High School girls basketball team finished second in the inaugural Zaxby's Tip-Off Classic, falling to Socastee 40-33 in Sunday's championship game at Jones Gymnasium in Summerton..

The Lady Eagles lost to Military Magnet 31-29 …

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Lady Eagles take second in inaugural Zaxby's Tip-Off Classic

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The Scott's Branch High School girls basketball team finished second in the inaugural Zaxby's Tip-Off Classic, falling to Socastee 40-33 in Sunday's championship game at Jones Gymnasium in Summerton..

The Lady Eagles lost to Military Magnet 31-29 on Friday, but rebounded with a convincing 56-41 win over Timmonsville on Saturday.

Cambria Parker led the way for Scott's Branch, earning All-Tournament team honors, averaging 15 points, four rebounds, and three assists per game.

The Lady Eagles open the season with a 1-2 record after winning the 1A state title and losing just three games all of last season. Scott's Branch head basketball coach Lucinda Stukes believes playing against teams like Socastee, a 5A school, and Military Magnet, the No. 5 1A team in the state, will help prepare her team for another long playoff run later in the season.

"I think it's just a part of the process and the grind in the early part of the season," said Stukes. "This was a learning experience, and an opportunity for us to get better. The talent was here in Summterton this weekend."

Wilson Hall's girls team also competed in the tournament. The Lady Barons had a curve thrown their way, as they were scheduled to open with 1A C.E. Murray on Saturday. However, CEM pulled out of the tournament on Saturday morning, so instead Wilson Hall had to take on Socastee and 4A Hartsville on back-to-back days.

Wilson Hall lost to Socastee 40-25 on Saturday and to Hartsville 64-47 on Sunday. Senior guard Maddie Elmore earned All-Tournament honors for the Lady Barons.

The Scott's Branch boys team fell to eventual tournament champion Oceanside Collegiate 47-39 in the first round and then beat Timmonsville 64-48 to claim third place on Sunday.

Freshman guard Randy Gibson earned All-Tournament honors for the Eagles. Gibson scored 12 points in Saturday's contest against Oceanside.