CARY — Green Hope swept senior night rivalry games with visiting Panther Creek on Friday night.
The games didn’t do much for the host Falcons’ conference standing.
The girls’ team, which won 66-32, had already locked up the Tri-9 Conference title. The boys’ team, which prevailed 72-54.
But it did affect both Panther Creek teams.
The Catamounts girls were bumped to a tie for sixth place and will be seeded seventh in the Tri-9 tournament. The boys, by virture of a Holly Springs win against Lee County, are tied for fifth and will be seeded fifth.
The girls are still the favorite to win the lone 4A East wild-card bid, though a run to the conference tournament title by sixth-seeded Cary would knock them from that perch with Middle Creek then taking the wild-card.
“Standings-wise we’re in a position to make the postseason, but that second half of basketball was no indication of how we could do anything if we got in the postseason,” said PC girls’ coach Geoff Bowman. “That was not indicative of how we’re going to play next week.”
Green Hope was led by Ashley Williams’ 32 points, six steals and eight rebounds. Williams and fellow senior Cassidey Sowards (13 points) enter Tuesday’s Tri-9 tournament opener without a loss to a conference opponent in their four years.
Panther Creek’s Allie Tuttle had 15 points, nine rebounds, four steals and four blocks in the losing effort.
Because Panther Creek and Holly Springs’ boys’ teams split the regular season series, they must break that tie in one of three ways: 1) one team can clinch the spot by advance to the conference tournament finals while the other does not, 2) both teams can advance to the conference tournament, making the winner a 2-seed and the loser the 6-seed or 3) if neither team makes it to Friday’s final they will play a tiebreaker game either Friday or Thursday.
Panther Creek’s Nubian Spann had 13 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.
Green Hope led 40-23 at halftime thanks to hot shooting from David Robertson (26 points) and John Mosser (24).
Falcons seniors Chris Pinkus (three) and Bradley Boeck (five), making their first starts of the year in their final regular-season home game, got in on the scoring act as well.
Towards the end of the boys’ game, coaches L.J. Hepp of Panther Creek and John Green of Green Hope were each given technical fouls for an argument between the two benches.
After the Falcons’ David Robertson was fouled, Robertson passed in front of Green and Green said something to him.
Hepp got up from the bench, taking issue with what he said Green had told the Green Hope player.
Green denied having said anything out of line after the game.
“I just told David to ‘Be tough and knock’em down,’” Green said, later emphasizing that those were his exact words. “With it being loud, it was misunderstood. And a misunderstanding is all it is. It’s just unfortunate that that can be in everybody’s minds walking instead of how well our seniors and our players played tonight.”
Hepp said he would not specify what he said he heard.
“I heard John say something that was inappropriate to one of his kids, and I addressed that directly to John,” Hepp said.
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