Raziyah Farrington had the sort of game Dec. 12 that most basketball players just dream of having.
The Chapel Hill senior recorded a double-double with a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. She hit 8-of-11 shots from the field, 2-of-4 on three-pointers, and 2-for-2 on free throws. She also assisted on two baskets and blocked two shots, helping Chapel Hill down arch-rival East Chapel Hill 65-35.
But, in addition to the Tigers’ win, their ninth straight over East Chapel Hill, Farrington might best remember one thing when she looks back years from now on Friday night — a smooth jumper out of the right corner with 5:24 remaining in the third quarter.
That shot provided Farrington’s 1001st point as a basketball player at Chapel Hill.
“My coach wanted me to do it and I wanted to do it and I was able to do it in this game against our biggest rival,” Farrington said on her way to the Tigers locker room. “It means a lot to me to be able to do it in this game.”
With 1,005 points, Farrington became the sixth female basketball player to pass the milestone at Chapel Hill, joining Pam Leake (who did it in three years in the early 1980s), Tiara Headen, Catherine Romaine, Jamella Smith and Jurica Hargraves.
Hargraves remains the all-time leading scorer at Chapel Hill, with 1,881 points, and she went on to become the all-time leading scorer for High Point University, with 1,330 points before graduating in 2011.
“What most people don’t realize about Raziyah is that she did this while playing only about half the time in her first three years of high school,” said Chapel Hill head coach Sherry Norris, noting that Farrington split scoring opportunities on last year’s state championship team with Romaine and Smith.
“It means a lot to do something like this at a school like Chapel Hill, because we play team basketball,” Norris said. “We teach players to be unselfish.”
Norris noted with satisfaction that Farrington had a chance to pad her numbers as Chapel Hill pulled away from East, but passed up jumpers twice in the third quarter to feed teammates for layups.
Farrington’s accomplishment and the big win over East helped Chapel Hill (4-1) get over its 61-58 loss Tuesday at undefeated Hillside (6-0). That loss snapped a 35-win streak for Chapel Hill, started at the start of last year’s undefeated run to the 3A state championship.
“We were playing at their place, and Hillside is a really good team,” Norris said. “The difference was at the free throw line. They took 24 free throws and we had 12.”
Farrington showed she’s still human by missing a 3-point attempt at the horn that would have sent the Hillside game into overtime. No matter, Norris said.
“This year, she’s done an outstanding job of taking the shot that needs to be taken and scoring when we need it,” Norris said.
Farrington’s game overshadowed another big night for East Chapel Hill’s Ali Cyr Scully, who followed up her career-high 47 points Tuesday in a 72-64 win at Orange with a team-high 21 points Friday at Chapel Hill. Sarah Towne added 10 points for East Chapel Hill (3-3).
“Ali and Sarah are the majority of our offense. Everyone else on the team is young and still needs experience,” East coach Michelle Wood said.
East is down to eight healthy players, with guard T.J. Johnson out with a broken hand and post player Jirreney Colbert suffering from a concussion.
“It’s frustrating right now,” Wood said. “Our kids are battling as hard as they can.”