CAROLINAS CLASSIC - South Carolina teams split with North Carolina
WILMINGTON, N,.C. - Saturday marked the official end to the 2018-19 high school basketball season.
For seniors Olivia Thompson of Lexington, Danae McNeal of Swansea and Tommy Bruner of 2-time Class 2A boys' basketball champion Gray Collegiate, it marked the final time the trio would suit up for their respective schools. In the cases of the University of South Carolina-bound Thompson and Clemson University-bound McNeal, the next time they share the same court will be as opponents.
On this day at John Hoggard High School, the two were teammates at the annual Carolinas Classic. They faced a taller North Carolina All-Star team with reveled in the home state support in the capacity-filled gymnasium.
North Carolina came away with the 80-59 victory over South Carolina. University of Tennessee signee Tamari Key of Cary High School took Most Outstanding Player honors after posting a double-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists.
It was a seesaw contest early with South Carolina holding a 10-9 advantage. North Carolina proceeded to go on a 21-4 run to take command of the contest and saw their lead grow no lower than 6 points the rest of the game.
Taylor Britt of Spring Valley had a game-high 21 points for South Carolina. Thompson and Mya Burns of 3-time Class 4A champion North Augusta each had 12 points, while McNeal was held scoreless.
South Carolina fared better in the boys' contest. Getting a Classic record 36 points and 8, 3-pointers from Blythewood's Trey Jackson Jr., it defeated North Carolina 129-117.
Jackson was 1 of 6 players to score in double figures for South Carolina. University of South Carolina signee Trae Hannibal finished with 25 point, Ishan White of Berkeley finished with 18 points, Trey Smith of Landrum had 13 and Marlow Gilmore of Hunter-Kinard-Tyler and Juwan Perdue of Lakewood each added 10 points.
Bruner scored just 2 points, but had 5 assists which ended with crowd-pleasing slam dunks.