NCHSAA Playoffs: And Then There Were Two
Just two Chapelboro high school basketball teams remain in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs after round two Wednesday night.
The 3A East Regional’s No. 1 seed Orange held off No. 16 seed Chapel Hill for the 72-63 win. Orange junior Jawan Chambers and senior JD Brooks each contributed 16 points in the victory while senior Keegan Crabtree came on late to hit his average of 14.
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After one quarter, Chapel Hill had a three-point lead, 19-16. But, the team that’s so good at getting out to an early lead kept its cool and pulled ahead in the second quarter. With a 43-34 lead at the half, the Panthers stifled late surges by the Tigers and advanced.
Chapel Hill junior Jeremy Werden tallied a game-high-tying 16 points, part of which brought the Tigers from being down 15 to only down seven in the fourth quarter.
The contest marked the final game for three Tigers, Shane Turner, Josh Hennen, and Karl Hill, but they take with them a regular season title of the 3A Big Eight Conference and a trip to the NCSHAA second round.
Orange hosts neighbor and rival Eastern Alamance Friday night in the third round. You can hear every bounce of the ball as we’ll have the call from WCHL Championship Sports. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Chapel Hill girls continued their winning ways Wednesday night with another dominant victory, 59-13 against Swansboro.
The 3A East Regional No. 1-seeded Tigers left no question in the outcome jumping out to a 21-2 first-quarter lead. After an uncharacteristic 8-5 second quarter, the Tigers didn’t allow a point to be score in quarter number three and coasted to the 46-point win.
Chapel Hill junior Raziyah Farrington shot 71 percent from the field and led all players with 15 points; senior Cat Romaine followed with ten points.
No. 9 seed Northern Guilford waits in the wings for Chapel Hill and will travel to the Hill Friday night.
Keeping an eye on a potential Big-Eight rematch, the No. 10-seeded Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders remained alive with an upset of the No. 7-seeded Eastern Wayne Warriors.
Jess Lowe’s Crusaders have a tough road ahead if they want to meet the Tigers for a fourth time this year, though. No. 2 seed Northern Nash hosts Cardinal Gibbons Friday. If the Crusaders can make it into the Sectional Finals, it’ll likely be to face No. 3 seed West Craven.
The Carrboro Jaguar girls’ 2A NCHSAA playoff run came to an end Wednesday night with a 77-52 defeat by the hands of Beddingfield.
The No. 24-seeded Jaguars pulled off the biggest upset of the first round with a ten-point defeat of the No. 9-seeded Red Springs Red Devils. However, No. 8 seed Beddingfield was just too much for Carrboro as the Jaguars’ season came to a close with an 8-18 overall record.