Oxford Webb hands Chapel Hill its first loss of season

ewarnock@newsobserver.comFebruary 18, 2012 

— Isaiah Hicks' short senior season has been a major success so far for Oxford Webb.

Hicks, the 6-foot-8 power forward recruited by North Carolina, had 20 points and 17 rebounds Friday night as Roy Williams watched him lead No. 2 seeded Webb past No. 1 and previously undefeated Chapel Hill 76-69 in the Carolina-6 3A Conference tournament championship.

Tar Heels Dexter Strickland, Justin Watts, Harrison Barnes and John Henson joined Williams in the standing room-only bleachers and then watched most of the second half from along the baseline under Chapel Hill's goal.

"It was great having them there," said Hicks, who played less than half the season for Webb after transferring back to Oxford from Body of Christ last fall. "They made me feel like I really am part of the family."

Webb (17-6) also got 14 points from Becker Seifert, who nailed four 3-pointers. Seifert hit three 3-pointers in the second half as the Warriors fought off a ferocious rally by the Tigers.

Webb used a box-and-one to in an attempt slow down Chapel Hill's Denzel Ingram, but he still ended up with a game-high 29 points, 23 in the second half. Andrew Grant added 18 and Anthony Vanhook 13 for the Tigers, which got no points from its bench.

Chapel Hill (25-1) trailed 30-21 at halftime but came back behind 12-for-17 shooting in the third quarter and led briefly, at 52-51, after Andrew Grant's layup with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.

Chapel Hill tied the game for the last time at 54-54 on an Ingram jumper with 7:25 remaining in the game. Seifert came up with five points in a 13-4 run over the next 3:05 of play to give Webb some breathing room. Hicks capped the run with a putback to give Webb with a 67-58 lead

Chapel Hill missed 11 of its last 13 shots.

In the girls final that preceded the boys' championship, Jamella Smith scored 19 points for the top-seeded Chapel Hill girls to pace them to a 74-40 win over No. 3 seed Southern Vance.

Smith had 15 in the first half, leading Chapel Hill to a 44-13 margin at the break.

The Tigers held Southern Vance to just two baskets over a span of 7:04 in the first half, using a 29-4 spurt to go up 40-8. Southern Vance never again got closer than 57-20 in the second half.

Lila Scott had 13 points for Chapel Hill (24-2), while Laura Musalem and Catherine Romaine chipped in 10 apiece.

Breona Jones had 15 to lead Southern Vance (18-7).

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