Girls' basketball roundup: Broughton pulls away from Athens Drive

tstevens@newsobserver.comFebruary 24, 2014 

Broughton senior Dejah Cheatham scored 27 points to lead the Caps to an 80-73 win over Athens Drive in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A tournament on Monday.

“We’re trying to win this thing this year. … We all want it bad, and being a senior, this is our last chance,” Cheatham said.

The game was tied with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Broughton junior Kaila Ealey had three steals and seven points in the final 90 seconds of the third quarter to help the Caps pull to a 63-56 lead entering the final period. Ealey finished with 22 points.

“It was a really tough first round game,” Broughton coach Brad McCorkle said.

Broughton will travel to Durham Hillside, a 67-48 winner over Wilmington Hoggard, for the second round Wednesday.

Athens Drive’s Grace Hunter led all scorers with 32. Gabby Respess and Briana McCrimmon each added 12.

“We had the attitude that we had nothing to lose,” Athens Drive coach Dayna Jordan said. “They were definitely seeded higher than us and they were in that position for a reason. We were coming into it like ‘let’s throw it all on the line.’ ... I think we just got tired there at the end.”

Chapel Hill 77, Western Guilford 17: Chapel Hill’s No. 1-seeded girls ran their record to 27-0 with a 77-17 rout of No. 32 Hampstead Topsail in a 3A first-round game Monday.

Raziyah Farrington led all scorers with 15 points, while Autumn West had 14 and Tamia Eatmon 11 for Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill held Topsail (6-17) scoreless for the game’s first 12:06, scored the game’s first 23 points and led 29-2 at the half.

“It was really important for us to come out and play well in the first round,” Chapel Hill coach Sherry Norris said. “That was good, because we got to play a lot of people.”

South Central 47, Holly Springs 45: A 14-point halftime lead wasn’t enough for the 26th-seeded Holly Springs girls, who fell 47-45 to No. 7 Winterville South Central in the 4A girls basketball playoffs.

Golden Hawks (15-8) senior Hadiya Howard had 12 points and 20 rebounds in the loss. Holly Springs led 30-14 at halftime but scored just 15 points the rest of the way, including a buzzer-beating half-court 3-pointer.

“It’s the story of our year,” coach Richard Young said. “But I’m excited about the future. We have a lot of young players.”

Millbrook 67, Wakefield 41: Millbrook dashed to a 24-point halftime lead against its Cap Eight 4A foe and never had much trouble. Dazia Powell had 16 points, and Kai Crutchfield had 12.

The Wildcats (22-3) will be at home against Fayetteville Seventy-First, a 54-47 winner over New Hanover.

Ashley 51, Clayton 38: Wilmington Ashley (16-11) eliminated Clayton (15-9) in the first round.

Cary 63, Green Hope 47: Azura Stevens, a Duke recruit, scored 39 points and grabbed 23 rebounds as the Imps (21-4) knocked off Southwest Wake Athletic rival Green Hope. Stevens added three blocks and two steals. Senior Mallory Curtis added 10 points.

Green Hope (10-13) fell behind 16-4 in the first quarter and was never closer than seven points after midway in the second period. Erin Coogan scored 15 points and Jaria Martin 10.

Southern Alamance 48, Panther Creek 43: Southern Alamance (22-3) ended Panther Creek’s 12-12 season.

Apex 54, Wake Forest 42: Apex’s Aliya Ruffin had 16 points and five rebounds and teammate Tiffany Finley had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.

Laney 50, East Wake 42: East Wake (20-4) looked tournament ready, but the No. 10-seeded Warriors were ousted in the first round by Laney (22-5 but a No. 23 seed).

Jordan 50, Knightdale 40: Durham Jordan (16-9) knocked off Knightdale (16-6) in 4A.

Triton 50, Cleveland 45: Erwin Triton survived a regulation scare before building a seven-point lead in overtime to advance in 3A.

A pair of Brittany Preston free throws tied the game at 37 with 56 seconds left in regular. Triton missed a pair of free throws, and Cleveland missed three field goal attempts in the final 42 seconds.

Triton held the Rams without a field goal in the first 3:08 of the extra period.

South Johnston 71, Northeast Guilford 54: South Johnston made the most of its 3A first round game with a win over Northeast Guilford. The Trojans will play at home on Wednesday against Fayetteville Sanford, a 44-40 winner over Pittsboro Northwood.

Cardinal Gibbons 60, Eastern Guilford 56: The Crusaders, the Big Eight runnerup, overcame a nine point deficit in the final 3:30 to take the 3A victory. Oliva Smith scored 14 points.

Union Pines 64, Southern Durham 47: Cameron Union Pines took an early lead and padded it the rest of way in the 3A victory over Southern Durham. Bryana Staton scored 27 points in the loss.

Carrboro 48, Red Springs 38: Carrboro, a No. 24 seed, pulled an upset with the win over No. 9 Red Springs (12-12). Carrboro is now 7-17 and will play West Bladen or Wilson Beddingfield.

Princeton 53, Whiteville 41: Savanna Massengill poured in 24 points and Charley Cox added 20 to lead Princeton to a come-from-behind 53-41 win over visiting Whiteville in 1A play.

“I think it was obvious we were nervous early,” Princeton coach Marty Gurganus said. “We did what we had to do in a tough game.”

Caryn Grant, W.E. Warnock, Christian Worstell, J. Mike Blake, Michael Held and Tom Shanahan contributed to this story.

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