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High school notebook: Turnovers key in Chapel Hill girls' basketball regional title

tstevens@newsobserver.comMarch 11, 2014 

One big key to the Chapel Hill girls’ 46-44 basketball regional victory over West Craven on Saturday night was turnovers.

The Tigers had 10 fewer turnovers and held the Eagles scoreless during a nine-minute span late. The advantage in turnovers was key because Chapel Hill missed six of eight free throws in the final 55 seconds.

Chapel Hill’s defense on West Craven’s Jamie Cherry was crucial. Cherry, a North Carolina recruit, scored 23 points, but she missed 14 of 19 shots and committed 11 of the Eagles’ 20 turnovers. Chapel Hill missed nine of 17 free throws.

Starters play: Apex coach David Neal rarely substituted in a 63-57 4A Eastern regional championship win against Millbrook. Each of the Cougars’ starters played at least 25 minutes, with T.J. Evans playing every minute and Ian Boyd 30 of 32 minutes.

Millbrook had seven players log 12 or more minutes.

Defense was the key: Millbrook averaged 80 points per game during the season but was held to 23 points fewer by the Cougars as the Wildcats could never get their running game in gear.

Tight game: Southeast Raleigh’s 58-57 girls’ win against Durham Hillside was pretty much statistically even. Each team made 21 of 51 shot attempts. Southeast Raleigh made 14 of 22 free throws and Hillside made 12 of 20.

Southeast Raleigh had a 15-0, third-quarter scoring run and made four crucial steals late.

Turnovers: Wilson Hunt committed 17 turnovers in Saturday’s 66-60 victory over Orange but forced the Panthers to make 19.

“We just had some bad turnovers that were uncharacteristic of our guys. They put us under some pressure,” said Orange coach Greg Motley.

The Panthers led Hunt 27-24 at halftime but the third quarter proved crucial as the Warriors went ahead 48-39 entering the fourth.

“We just couldn’t finish some shots and score the ball,” Motley said.

Damage: The Orange High baseball field suffered extensive damage during last week’s storms. The backstop was almost completely flattened by ice.

“Taking one day at a time. All events and practices canceled today. No school,” coach Dean Dease said in an email.

Jordan sports history: Durham Jordan opened in 1963 with 500 students, three boys’ varsity sports, 83 male athletes and no interscholastic athletics for girls. John Popson was the athletics director and coached football and baseball.

Janet Turyn, a 1966 Jordan graduate, has written a history of Jordan athletics for its 50th year.

The Falcons now have 1,828 students, 22 varsity sports and 563 varsity male and female athletes. AD David Davis oversees 58 coaches.

The Falcons have won 19 NCHSAA championships, including titles in boys’ soccer, boys’ basketball, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ swimming, girls’ track, boys’ golf and girls’ tennis.

UNC quarterback: Charlotte Butler junior quarterback Anthony Ratliff commited to the University of North Carolina on Monday. The 6-foot, 179-pounder passed for 2362 yards and 30 touchdowns his junior season at Butler, and rushed for 1,443 yards and 20 touchdowns. J. Mike Blake contributed to this article.

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