Published: Mar 07, 2012 12:00 AM
Modified: Mar 06, 2012 08:33 PM
FAYETTEVILLE - Aside from the fact that both teams made the trip from Chatham County, Siler City's Jordan-Matthews Jets and Pittsboro's Northwood Chargers looked like they had little in common in the NCHSAA 2A East girls basketball semifinals.
Jordan-Matthews, which swept the Chargers in the teams' two regular-season meetings, led almost the entire game Friday en route to a 63-49 win.
Northwood (26-4) hoped the third meeting with its archrival would produce the charmed results it enjoyed twice before. In 2010 and 2011, Northwood lost in both regular-season meetings with the Jets, but ousted them from the NCHSAA playoffs.
Friday in Fayetteville's Crown Arena, the Chargers never got in sync offensively, as the undefeated Jets held them to 36.6 percent shooting.
Despite its struggles, which included a mere three first-half field goals, Northwood trailed Jordan-Matthews just 22-14 at halftime and cut the lead to five points midway through the third quarter.
In the fourth period, three Northwood players fouled out, including senior starters Shelby Wolfe and Kerri Snipes. Despite the foul trouble, the Chargers still found themselves down by just seven with 3 minutes, 13 second left.
But two more Chargers fouled out, and Jordan-Matthews began knocking down their free throws to pull away.
Jordan-Matthews junior Mylia Garner, rated among the top players in her class by ESPN, finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds.
It was the final game for Northwood's Wolfe, who scored nine. She ended her career with 1,173 points.
Junior Gabby Mehringer led the Chargers in scoring with 12 points.
Jordan-Matthews moved to 30-0 on the year with a dominating 61-28 victory against Kinston Saturday.
"I've told them since the beginning of the year that they were a special group of girls," said Jets coach Jeff Stutts.
Standout junior Mylia Garner had 28 points for Jordan-Matthews, 18 in the first half against Kinston, and was named regional MVP.
"Over the years I've been getting better and better," Garner said. "I knew that I wanted to go to the state championship, so I had to put in work."
Jordan-Matthews led Kinston 34-16 at halftime. A lot of that had to do with the team's defensive efforts, holding Kinston to 23.9 percent shooting.
"We have to play extremely hard defense and execute on offense," said senior guard Aquilla Mateen. "We can't let up at any point of the game, because if we take a play off, they can catch a spark."
The Jets' Bristow, Garner and Mateen were named to the all-regional team.
Jordan Mathews earned a spot in Saturday's NCHSAA championships, where the Jets face Wilkes Central (30-1) in a game at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of N.C. State. The University of North Carolina will host the NCHSAA 1A and 3A championships.NORTHWOOD (26-4)Brianna Greene 9, Yancey Luft 4, Kerri Snipes 7, Shelby Wolfe 9, Gabby Mehringer 12, Shontai Totten 7, Mariah Marrow 1.JORDAN-MATTHEWS (29-0)Aquilla Mateen 13, Allison Dones 4, Mylia Garner 29, Erin Bristow 7, Taylor Paige 2, Madison Poe 4, Brandi Alston 4.