High school basketball roundup: Chapel Hill girls win 17th straight game

tstevens@newsobserver.comJanuary 24, 2014 

Undefeated Chapel Hill scored only three points in the second quarter but still rolled to a 76-51 victory Friday night against 13th-ranked Pittsboro Northwood in a Big Eight 3A Conference game. The Tigers led at the half despite the second-quarter drought.

Catherine Romaine scored 18 points and Jamella Smith added 17 for the Tigers. Autumn West scored 16. Jazanae Billings scored 14 points in the loss.

Chapel Hill (17-0, 8-0) tied the team record for consecutive wins to start the season, set by the 1981 team that delivered coach Sherry Norris her only state championship in girls basketball.

The No. 1 team in the News & Observer’s rankings, Chapel Hill missed 15 of 16 field-goal attempts in the second quarter, watching a 27-14 lead dwindle to 29-26 at the half. Romaine scored eight of Chapel Hill’s first 12 points in the third quarter as the Tigers pulled away.

“That was a horrendous quarter – our worst of the season,” Norris said. “But we were able to vindicate ourselves in the second half.”

Northwood (12-5, 3-4) lost for the first time in four games.

South takes lead: South Johnson, contending for its first girls conference basketball title in 18 years, knocked off Cleveland 52-35 in a game for the Two Rivers 3A lead. South has won 12 in a row.

Anna Webster scored 18 points and Krista Collins had 15 as the Trojans handed Cleveland its first league loss.

“The key was that everyone contributed,” South coach Rhonda Langdon Johnson said.

Evans drops 34: Keena Evans scored 34 points to lead No. 11 Granville Central to a 59-40 victory against Kipp Pride.

Apex takes Mustangs: No. 4 Apex defeated Middle Creek 55-38 in a Southwest Wake 4A game. Tiffany Finley led Apex (13-3, 5-2) with 16 points and six rebounds. Aliya Ruffin had 14 points, seven rebounds and five steals.

Warriors trounce Trojans: No. 5 East Wake whipped Garner 52-37 in the Greater Neuse 4A. Tamira Knuckles had 13 points in the win.

Crusaders cruise: No. 9 Cardinal Gibbons had little trouble in a 67-31 Big Eight 3A victory against Orange. Oliva Smith scored 19 and Madison Beuris had 18.

Hawks fly: No. 10 Holly Springs defeated Fuquay-Varina 63-49.

Ravens win: Twelfth-ranked Ravenscroft knocked off No. 14 Durham Academy 46-33 to climb to 4-0 in the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference.

Clayton explodes: No. 15 Clayton scored 20 points in the third period to build a 17-point lead and coasted to a 42-33 Greater Neuse victory against Harnett Central. The Comets scored only three points in the fourth quarter.

Banks scores 29: Rebekah Banks, who averages 20.8 points, scored 29 in Cary Academy’s 46-37 victory against North Raleigh Christian.

Leesville romps: Leesville Road built a 37-point lead in the first half of a 62-26 Cap Eight victory against Heritage. Kelly Funderburk scored 13 points in the win. Heritage’s Taylor Pelt had 11.

Boys

Catamounts win: Panther Creek claimed a 53-44 Southwest Wake 4A victory against Athens Drive. Panther Creek (15-3, 6-1) is No. 2 in the N&O.

Millbrook starts fast: No. 3 Millbrook grabbed an early lead and rolled to a 90-59 Cap Eight 4A victory against Enloe.

Clark gets double: Gary Clark scored 19 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in Clayton’s 74-48 Greater Neuse 4A victory against Harnett Central. Clayton leads the league and is ranked fourth. Chris Dixon had 14 points and Dawson Medlin had 11.

Knights take win: No. 6 Knightdale easily handled West Johnston 75-54 in a Greater Neuse 4A game. Knightdale is in second place in the league behind Clayton.

Heritage falls: Leesville Road claimed a 58-50 Cap Eight victory against No. 8 Heritage. Leesville and Wake Forest are tied for third in the league behind Millbrook and Broughton.

No. 9 Broughton, No 10 Apex, No. 11 East Wake and No. 12 Person also lost.

Caps upended: Wake Forest scored the winning basket with 31.7 seconds and held on to upset No. 9 Broughton 54-52 in a Cap Eight 4A game.

Apex upended: Middle Creek pulled the upset as it knocked off 10th-ranked Apex 50-49.

Garner runs to win: Garner’s young squad ran past 11th-ranked East Wake 84-53. East Wake’s Nahjuwan Potts scored 35 points, but the Trojans easily pulled away. Jaykwon Harris had 24 points in the win.

Person upset: Durham Riverside upset No. 12 Person 70-62 in a PAC Six 4A matchup.

Cary wins in OT: C.J. Lyon scored five points in overtime to help Cary stop rival Green Hope 69-64. Dante Tatum scored 27 points in the win; Akeem Tate had 23 in the loss.

Lee wins: No. 15 Lee County defeated Hope Mills Gray’s Creek 68-50.

Nobles leads Hawks: Lamar Nobles either scored or had an assist on every Holly Springs point in the fourth quarter during a 49-37 Southwest Wake victory against Fuquay-Varina.

Wakefield tops Sanderson: Jacori Earle scored 21 points in Wakefield’s 60-48 victory against Sanderson. Jake Butler added 18 points as the Wolverines won their second straight.

St. David’s wins: Reef Ivey scored 18 points in St. David’s 54-30 victory against Raleigh Grace.

South is overpowering: Southeast Raleigh used a balanced attack to overpowered Rolesville 79-35 in the Cap Eight. Demetrius Sanders led the Bulldogs with 15 points.

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