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Myrtle Beach, SC – Myrtle Beach is a place that thrives in the spring and summer, overflowing with tourist from northern locales, looking to enjoy warm sunny days at the beach without having to venture all the way to Florida. In the winter Myrtle becomes a ghost town, with 100’s of empty hotels and restaurants closed for the season.
Mayor John Rhodes who has been running the Beach Ball Classic for years understands that this event is a great way to bring together teams from around the country in a great environment to place that needs an infusion of out of town/state revenue at this time of year.
They want teams to come back so everything is done first class, from stats at games, to the accommodations for teams/coaches and parents to the nightly receptions at the host hotel where the mayor and his crew interact with the various coaches talking basketball late into the night.
I’ve covered the Crescom Bank Holiday Invitational once before but this year ensured I’d be back in the future.
As we regularly do, here’s our Top 5 teams from the event (made somewhat easier due to the tournament format) –
HM – Myrtle Beach (SC), Franklin County (KY)
All Tournament Team –
MVP – Sr. Megan Walker – Monacan
Sr. Nia Sumpter – Myrtle Beach
Sr. Vanessa Blagmon – Norcross
Sr. Selena Philoxy – South Shore
Jr. Olivia Nelson-Ododa – Winder Barrow
Sr. Alex Parson – Monacan
Top Signed Seniors –
Jaelynn Murray – Dreher – North Carolina
Princess Stewart – Franklin County (KY) – Xavier
Elisia Grissett – Hillside – South Carolina
Megan Walker – Monacan – UConn
Alex Parson – Monacan – Richmond
Nia Sumpter – Myrtle Beach – Wright St.
Kianna Adderton – Myrtle Beach – Wright St.
Taylor Mason – Norcross – Miami
Tehya Lyons – Norcross – Pittsburgh
Vanessa Blagmon – Norcross – South Florida
Selena Philoxy – South Shore – Seton Hall
Mikayla Coombs – Wesleyan – UConn
Natalie Armstrong – Wesleyan – Samford
Lexi Maddox – Winder Barrow – College of Charleston
Top Unsigned Seniors –
Carrington Barnett – 5’11 F – Carmel Christian (NC)
Haliyah Sumpter – 5’6 CG – Dreher (SC)
Rebecca Cook – 5’11 W – Franklin Co. (KY)
Tyra Cox – 5’9 CG – Lake Highland Prep (FL)
Kira Bell – 5’8 SG – Myrtle Beach (SC)
Tsahai Corbie – 5’7 SG – South Shore (NY)
Top Underclassmen with very brief notes –
Christiana McLean – 5’7 PG – 2019 – Carmel Christian (NC) – Crafty guard with good change of speed and direction, gritty, scored in a variety of ways on drives vs Ferguson
Natalia Pineda – 5’9 SG – 2018 – Ferguson (FL) – Tough player who can score from the perimeter or on drives to the basket. See’s the floor and makes nice passes.
Jessika Carter – 6’5 Post – 2018 – Harris County (GA) – Very long and fairly thin, has good upside because of size, but still unpolished. Seemingly preferred to shoot facing the basket in the game vs. Hillside.
Faith Blackstone – 6′ Wing – 2020 – Hillside (NC) – Long lanky player with perimeter game. Can shoot the 3 and uses ball fakes to beat defenders.
Tionna Carter – 6’1 PF – 2019 – Norcross (GA) – Strong physical frame with good athleticism, has the chance to be a beast. Can power through contact and finish baskets near the hoop.
Earlette Scott – 5’11 CG – 2018 – South Shore (NY) – Great frame on a multi-dimensional player who can do so many things, a real jack of all trades.
Sutton West – 6′ Wing – 2018 – Wesleyan (GA) – Long lanky perimeter threat, West has a nice touch and a sweet stroke on her jumpshot. Good IQ and understands shot selection.
Olivia Nelson-Ododa – 6’5 Post – 2018 – Winder Barrow (GA) – Not hard to see why she is one of the top ranked players in her class. Very athletic and long, can handle the ball and go by defenders on the perimeter. Uses long strides to finish….can also post and finish back to the basket.
Latrice Perkins – 5’10 CG – 2018 – Winder Barrow (GA) – Arguably one of the more underrated players I’ve seen this year. Perkins is playing PG for Winder Barrow in the dribble drive and racking it every time. Great frame and great size at the position. Good upside.