In its first conference win at home this season, Northwood defeated Chapel Hill 72-55 on Friday night.
Chaz Bailey led the Chargers (8-10, 2-6) with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Jared Worley added 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Chapel Hill (9-6, 4-3) was led by Jamil Walker with 11 points, six of which came in the first two minutes on a pair of 3-pointers. For the rest of the game, the Tigers were 4-of-18 from behind the arc
After Walker's treys gave CHHS a 6-2 lead, the Chargers went on a 22-2 run for the rest of the first quarter and never trailed again. Consecutive 3-pointers by reserve guards Christian Ferrell and Justus Thompson to end the first quarter gave Northwood a 20-8 lead. Meanwhile, the Tigers went over ten minutes without a field goal bridging the first and second quarters.
Never miss a local story.
The Chargers went into the fourth quarter with only three turnovers and shot 49% from the field. Northwood point guard Ti Pinnix finished with eight assists and two turnovers. The Tigers leading scorer, David Caraher, was held to eleven points on 5-of-14 shooting.
It was the third game in four days for Chapel Hill, which started the week with a loss to Cardinal Gibbons and a home victory against Northern Vance.
In the girls game, Chapel Hill reassumed command in the Big Eight Conference race with a convincing 61-45 victory over Northwood. Raziyah Farrington led CHHS (13-2, 8-0) with 16 points, including four points off five free throws in the final minute to help secure the win.
Autumn West added 10 points for the Tigers, while Alliyah Chaplin, ,Taylor Headen and Jessica Wall each chipped in eight points.
Northwood (15-3, 6-2) was led by Shontai Totten's 21 points.
Heading into this week, Chapel Hill, which hadn’t lost to a 3A team since 2013, held a two-game lead over Northwood and Cardinal Gibbons with six games left in the Big Eight season.