Published: Jan 08, 2012 02:00 AM
Modified: Jan 08, 2012 12:53 PM
John Alcox says his Carrboro basketball team is still "a work in progress."
Not everyone sees it the same way.
From the of Raleigh Charter's perspective, the Jaguars gave their boys a good working over.
Case in point: last Tuesday, Carrboro beat Raleigh Charter 78-26, and it just as easily could have been 108-26.
The Jaguars bedeviled the visitors, barely letting them get the ball over the half-court line for the game's first 3 minutes. In one stretch, Charter went so long without a basket; it would've been possible to believe all of the the Phoenix palyers had broken fingers.
After an initial 3-pointer by Charter's Clark Hannon, Carrboro reeled off 34 unanswered points, holding Raleigh Charter without a basket for 11:03 in the first half.
"Thirty-four straight points. That may have been enough for the game," scoreboard operator Nat Tyndall quipped as he turned away from the scorers' table to chat with friends at halftime.
After leading 46-7 at intermission, Carrboro took its foot off the gas pedal. Even with Alcox shuffling his players in and out to get everyone as much playing time as possible, the Jaguars went up 54-10 midway through the third quarter and 72-19 midway through the fourth.
Every Jaguar played, and 11 scored at least one basket. With playing time distributed as evenly as possible, no one had much of an opportunity to pad their scoring averages.
Tykeem Woodard came off the bench to lead all scorers with 14 points, while Kevin VanName had 12 and Erik Perou 10 for Carrboro.
"One thing I like about this team is the way everyone shares the ball," Alcox said. "We have a lot of very good players, good shooters, but everyone passes the ball."
At 8-3 overall, 6-0 in conference games, Carrboro has kept pace with its 2A rivals atop the Carolina-12 --Northwood and Durham School of the Arts. Two of the Jaguars' losses have been to 3A schools; the other was a 70-67 loss to a very good 2A Burlington Cummings last month in a holiday tournament.
"We're still a work in progress," Alcox said. "But I like this team. I like the way everyone works so hard, and I like their effort."
Carrboro hosts 4A East Chapel Hill on Wednesday and then delves into the 2A portion of its Carolina-12 schedule with a game Friday at Northwood.Girls on the rise
Carrboro's boys aren't the only ones to be enjoying a good beginning to 2012. Coach Sheremy Dillard-Clanton's girls team has its best start (7-4, 4-1) since the school opened, and its first 1,000-point scorer.
Diamond Tyson was three points shy of the kilo-marker as Carrboro headed into last Friday's game with Durham's North Carolina School of Science and Math. (The game was played too late for today's edition of the Chapel Hill News. See newsobserver.com/sports
for results and scoring.)
Tyson, a 5-5 junior guard, has been averaging 19.2 points a game. Last Tuesday, Tyson had 21 points and 3 assists as Carrboro won its third straight -- a 50-24 rout of Raleigh Charter -- leaving her with 997 points for her high school career.
"We've been playing better, and she's a big part of that," Dillard-Clayton said. "Our players are getting good looks at the basket when opponents concentrate on her. She helps make the others better."Who's No. 1?
The question of which private school has the best girls basketball team was answered, for now, last week when Carolina Friends won 56-39 at Cary Academy. Jamilah Watson led CFS (12-4) with 24 points, while Zoe Vernon had 16 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
The Friends' only loss to an area team was 49-46 at 4A Southern Durham On Dec. 10.
CFS is No. 9 in the current N&O rankings at newsobserver.com/sports
.Tigers on top
Chapel Hill remains the top-scoring girls team in the Carolina 3A Conference, averaging 58 points a game. Of all area teams, Hillside (65 ppg) and Green Hope (62.6) -- both of them in the NCHSAA 4A -- are the only public schools scoring better than CHHS.