High School Sports:
Published: Jan 23, 2013 02:43 PM
Modified: Jan 23, 2013 03:15 PM
Snow wrecked last Friday’s high school basketball schedule, with both Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill missing conference games.
Chapel Hill’s games at home with Southern Vance were moved to Thursday as a tripleheader. The junior varsity boys will meet at 4:30 p.m., followed by the girls’ varsities at 6 p.m. and the boys’ varsities at 7:30 p.m.
East Chapel Hill’s games with Durham Hillside were moved to Feb. 6.
In both cases, the Chapel Hill schools were honoring their respective opponent’s request for a postponement. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools were open Thursday with a two-hour delay, but both the Vance County and Durham County schools were closed due to the sudden snowstorm that swept through the northern part of the state Thursday night.
Carrboro, which did not have a game scheduled for last Friday, next plays tonight at Granville Central (girls at 6 p.m., boys at 7:30 p.m.).
Last year, Carrboro and Granville split home wins. This year, John Alcox’s Carrboro boys team (13-3, 8-0 conference) leads the Carolina-12 standings, while the Granville Central Panthers (7-8, 3-5) have fallen considerably since Tevin Hester graduated and headed to Clemson. The Panthers have lost six straight Carolina-12 games.
“It never seems to matter how good or how bad either one of us is or where we play,” Alcox said. “It’s always a tough game whenever we meet Granville Central.”
The Carrboro Jaguars also lead the Carolina-12 in scoring, averaging 71 points a game. The Jaguars have stepped up the pace in their first eight conference games, averaging 79.2 points a game in league contests. Northwood (8-6), tied with Cedar Ridge and Durham School of the Arts for second place in the conference at 5-2, has second-best offense with the Chargers’ 60.1 points a game.
The Carrboro (11-4) and Granville Central (14-1) girls are one-half game apart in a battle for third in the Carolina-12 and, perhaps more importantly, for second place behind Northwood (12-3, 8-0) among the league’s 2A schools. The 1A and 2A schools will playing in separate classes in the post-season, and the Carolina-12’s top two seeds in each classification are likely to host at least one state playoff game.
The East-Hillside shift means the Wildcats will be playing three games in four days that week. East Chapel Hill hosts Northern on Feb. 5, plays at Hillside the next night and then plays at Southern Durham on Feb. 8.
“That’s just the way it worked out,” said Ray Hartsfield, East Chapel Hill’s head basketball coach.
Chapel Hill plays Thursday, two days after a pivotal boys game between CHHS and Oxford Webb, both of them at 12-3 overall and undefeated in Carolina-6 games heading into Tuesday. Chapel Hill had the conference’s best defense, holding opponents to 39.9 points a game, while Webb, led by UNC recruit Isaiah Hicks, led the league in scoring with 81.7 points a game.
Tuesday’s game was played too late for today’s Chapel Hill News. See www.newsobserver.com
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