Girls basketball: Chapel Hill 68, East Chapel Hill 38:
Published: Dec 15, 2012 06:00 AM
Modified: Dec 14, 2012 11:33 PM
Sensitive to suggestions that her Tigers ran up the score on East Chapel Hill in their first meeting, a 75-25 win in Wildcat Gym, Chapel Hill head coach Sherry Norris limited her starters’ playing time when the rival schools met for the rematch Friday night in Chapel Hill’s Tiger Den.
“Different people have different definitions of running up the score,” Norris said. “My definition is leaving in your starters for the entire game and pressing on defense the whole game. We didn’t do either one.”
Undefeated Chapel Hill downed East 68-38 Friday, with more than half the Tigers’ points coming from their bench. It was their fifth straight win over the Wildcats since a 39-33 loss a East in 2010.
Jamella Smith led Chapel Hill (5-0) with her 15 points. Catherine Romaine added 12. Ninth-grader Autumn West scored a season-high 9, and sophomore Raziyah Smith also had 9.
All but three Tigers played in the first half; CHHS cleared its bench completely in the fourth quarter and 10 different players scored.
Adrienne Davis led East Chapel Hill (2-6) with 18 points. She scored 12 in the second half to help whittle away at a 62-25 deficit East faced early in the fourth quarter.
“I told the girls I was proud of them for the way they played defensively and the way they fought,” East coach Michelle Wood said. “We’ve been setting small goals and we’ve been getting better each game. It’s just going to take a lot of work.”
East scored more points than any other team so far against Chapel Hill, which was holding its first four opponents to 22.5 points a game.
Chapel Hill hadn’t played since it won 95-24 Dec. 4 at Roxboro Person. East Chapel Hill was coming off a 34-20 win Dec. 11 at Orange High School, where Sarah Towne had led all scorers with 12 points.
That game was marked by a concussion suffered by Orange’s Katlyn Eichelberger. She hit her head on the hardwood court as she and a Wildcat player fought a rebound, then lay unconscious on the floor for almost 15 minutes before being revived shortly after paramedics arrived, Wood said.Northwood 65, Carrboro 45CARRBORO
Shontai Totten fired in a game-high 23 points and Gabby Mehringer had 22 as hot-shooting Northwood gave Carrboro its first loss of the young season by a 65-45 score Friday.
Diamond Tyson led Carrboro (3-1) with 18 points, while Camille Gallagher added 11 and Anna Broome 8.
Northwood, which finished last winter as the Carolina-12 Conference’s top 2A team, improved to 5-2.