STEM — Pittsboro Northwood went one-for-two in the 2A portion of the Carolina 12 1A/2A conference basketball finals.
The girls' team improved to 23-3 with a 56-41 win over host Granville Central. The boys' team fell to Carrboro 50-42 in a see-saw battle.
The Carrboro boys' team used a 14-2 run to end the game and capture the conference tourney title.
Trailing 40-36 with 5:20 to play, leading scorer Keenan Van Name sparked the rally that saw the Jaguars (17-8, 13-4) retake the lead for good at 42-40 and shut down the Northwood offense.
Van Name finished with 21 points.
"We hang our hat on our defense," Carrboro head coach John Alcox said. "It was something I started pushing on them at the end of the year, and we drilled on it during the season."
The Jaguar defense held Northwood to 3-for-26 shooting from the 3-point line. The Chargers struggled from beyond the arc, but kept the game close with their inside play and good defense of their own.
Northwood kept pace with Carrboro in the evenly matched affair.
The Chargers led 21-20 at half, and 34-33 at the end of the third quarter.
However, the Carrboro defense kept them in the game and allowed them to finally hold the lead.
Alcox acknowledged his senior-heavy team helped make the difference.
"The boys showed poise out there and make a couple of runs. If they were sophomores they would have folded," Alcox said.
Carrboro finished second in the Carolina 11 during the regular season.
Northwood fared better on the girls' side.
Shelby Wolfe poured in 24 points to easily pace the Chargers over Granville Central.
Granville Central (18-6, 11-4) closed to within 23-21 early in the third quarter but that would be as close as it would get.
Wolfe added eight third quarter points to pace the Chargers to a 10-point lead.
The Chargers would finish strong with 19 fourth quarter points, mostly from the foul line for its first conference tourney title under coach Vernon.