High School Basketball:
Published: Jan 05, 2013 06:00 PM
Modified: Jan 06, 2013 12:03 PM
CARRBORO - South Granville coach Jake Wohlfeil thought Carrboro would cause trouble before the to basketball teams met last week. It turned out to be worse than he thought.
“Carrboro is a very good team, but that team was not 20 points better than we are,” Wohlfeil said.
Wohlfeil was technically correct. Carrboro defeated Wohlfeil’s boys team 78-61 Friday night. But the margin was 20 points for most of the second half – from the time that a 3-point basket by McLean Phipps and a put-back and free throw by Peter Rathmell on back-to-back plays put the Jaguars up 55-34 late in the third quarter until South Granville closed the game by scoring on six straight possessions.
That was missing the bigger picture.
“I can accept the loss,” Wohlfeil said. “What bothers me is the way it happened. We just lacked effort.”
Carrboro (8-2 overall, 4-0 in the Carolina-12 Conference) jumped on the Vikings from the opening tap — scoring 7 seconds into the game on a 3-pointer by Phipps.
The Jaguars hit 18 of their first 30 shots and took a 44-48 lead by halftime. They ended up making 31 of 58 total shots (53.4 percent) and 8 of 16 from beyond the arc (50 percent).
“They were shooting 40 percent as a team on 3-pointers coming into he game which is unbelievably good,” Wohlfeil said. “Tonight they hit one, then two and then everything started falling for them.
“When we had a hand in heir face, they were just ’okay.’ When we let them have wide-open practice shots, they knocked them all down.”
Alex McVeigh came off the Carrboro bench to hit consecutive treys in the fourth quarter for the Jaguars’ biggest lead 63-39. He finished with three treys and a team-high 16 points.
Trai Sharp had one 3-pointer and nine points in the first half to spark Carrboro to a 44-28 halftime lead and totaled 15 points on the night. Phipps had two treys and 13 points as 11 different Jaguars scored.
South Granville (8-5 overall, 3-2 conference) was led by Shawn Montren’s game-high 20 points, 12 points off 3-pointers. Brandan Ragland added 16 and Marquel Matthews 12 for the Vikings.Girls Basketball:Carrboro 64, South Granville 39
CARRBORO After spotting a visiting South Granville a 7-2 lead Friday, Carrboro got seven points from Diamond Tyson in a 9-0 run and never trailed again.
The Jaguars led 25-19 at halftime and let South Granville only get as close as 33-28 in the second half. With Carrboro ahead 36-32, Camille Gallagher hit the second of her two 3-pointers to start an 18-0 run by the Jaguars that turned the game into a 64-39 rout.
“We came out flat,” Carrboro coach Sheremy Clanton said. “When we look back at our books, when can see we get wound up in the third and fourth quarters. It seems it usually takes us a while to get going.”
Clanton noted her Jaguars (7-3, 2-2 conference) put together four quarters of solid play in two wins in a holiday tournament the previous week at Eastern Guilford – resulting in wins over Vandalia Christian Academy and Burlington Cummings .
Tyson and Gallagher both earned spots on the all-tournament team. They followed that up Friday with 25 and 12 points, respectively, in Carrboro’s first game after the holiday break.
Tiana Jones scored 17 points to lead South Granville (1-7, 0-4).
The Jaguar girls’ win Friday also was Carrboro’s first this season against a 2A rival in the combined Carolina 1A / 2A Conference.
“We really needed that,” Clanton said. “When we got back from the Christmas break and got back to practice, we were really rusty.”