PITTSBORO — After going undefeated in league play in the regular season, Carrboro’s boys held off a challenge from Pittsboro Northwood 63-55 in the Carolina 12 2A tournament finals Friday night.
The girls’ title matchup was even closer as Northwood needed a defensive stop in the closing seconds to top Granville Central and junior Keena Evans 42-41.
All four teams will advance to the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2A playoffs, with pairings to be announced Saturday.
Carrboro (22-3) had to withstand a 14-0 run by the Chargers in the first half that gave Northwood a 27-24 halftime lead.
But defense and a balanced offensive attack allowed the Jaguars to retake the lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter and hold on the rest of the game.
“At halftime we had our guards, McLean Phipps and Trai Sharp, in foul trouble, but we were only down three points,” Carrboro coach John Alcox said. “And Northwood was playing hard against us, they always do. We knew we had to play together and play defense.”
Northwood got 26 points from senior guard Aumad Walker, and sophomore Ti Pinnix added 11.
“We’re a young team and we’ve gottten better during the season,” said Northwood first-year coach Donald Williams, who led the University of North Carolina to a national title as a player. “But we are still a young team and it shows in stretches. We still need to put 32 minutes together.”
Northwood’s girls (22-4) added the tournament title to their regular-season crown, despite 25 points by the Panthers’ Evans.
Northwood led most of the way, but Evans hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including one with 1 minutes, 38 seconds to play that put her team ahead 41-40.
“And we played good defense, had a hand in her face on that shot,” Northwood coach Cameron Vernon said. “She is just so good.”
Northwood’s Jasmine Harris then hit the game-winner on a short jumper with 54 seconds left.
After that, Granville missed a shot, but got another possession on a Chargers turnover with 7 seconds to play. While Northwood denied Evans the ball, Granville Central got the ball downcourt and missed a short scoring opportunity as the game ended.
“We knew tonight would be tough,” Vernon said. “Our post players Jasmine Harris and Jasmine Adkins stepped up tonight and played well.”
Adkins, a freshman, led the winners with 18 points and sophomore guard Shontai Totten scored 10.