High School Basketball:
Published: Dec 18, 2012 07:00 PM
Modified: Dec 18, 2012 04:54 PM
HILLSBOROUGH - Gerrell Satterwhite scored a team-high 11 points last weekend – – including seven in overtime – to lift Orange to a 60-57 overtime victory over arch-rival Cedar Ridge.
The girls’ game – a “Pink Out” game in honor of the Kay Yow Fund to fight breast cancer – wasn’t nearly as close. Cedar Ridge won 55-28, led by Kyley Clark’s 13 points. Delaney King added 11 and Kacia Vines 10 for the Red Wolves (4-3). Deja Johnson scored 11 points to lead Orange (1-6).
The boys’ game almost seemed like a grudge match between the two rivals’ football teams. Orange’s Sean Motley, who played quarterback during football season, had nine points Saturday, while running back Jalen Pittman and wide receiver Matt Gattis each had eight points, wideout Brandon Frye five points, and defensive back J.D. Brooks scored two.
Cedar Ridge was led by erstwhile running back Jaylan Grady, who scored a game-high 16 points, while football teammates Fred Villines and Ray Carter each had at least one basket.
Motley and Pittman led Orange’s football team (11-3) to its most wins ever before it fell in the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s state semifinals to eventual state 3AA champion Havelock.
Greg Motley, father of Sean and head coach of the Orange basketball team, suggested that the Panthers’ relatively slow start in hoops (2-5) had been rooted in the players’ transition from football to basketball.
The Panthers showed few lingering effects from their long football season as they avenged last year’s 56-55 home loss to Cedar Ridge.
Gattis hit a pair of 3-pointers to help Orange open with an 11-0 run. Orange went on to lead 25-19 at the half, but Cedar Ridge rallied by outscoring the Panthers 17-12 in the third quarter and scored the first five points of the fourth to take its first lead.
The Panthers trailed 51-46 in the fourth quarter before Motley hit two free throws and assisted on two baskets to help Orange take the lead briefly at 53-51.
Grady then fed Kyle Jones (11 points) for a basket with 3 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 53. A last-second heave by Motley missed.
At the start of overtime, Satterwhite drained a 3-pointer to put Orange on top for good. He went 4-for-4 at the free throw line in the last 31.9 seconds to seal the win.
The Red Wolves (3-4, 3-0 Carolina 12) next play Thursday night at conference rival South Granville (4-3, 1-1). Cedar Ridge gets a rematch Jan. 5 with Orange on the Red Wolves’ home floor.
Orange hosts the Durham School of the Arts for a triple header on Friday.
The JV boys play at 4:30 p.m., followed by the girls’ varsity teams at approximately 6 p.m., and the boys’ at about 7:30 p.m.