East Chapel Hill’s T.J. Johnson said her shot was off as she warmed up Friday at Carrboro’s gym. Normally that might have meant a long night, but she received an technological break.
An undetermined glitch set off a fire alarm and emptied the gym for 20 minutes.
Johnson took advantage of the second warmup session to finish the night with 26 points, leading the Wildcats to a 55-50 win over the Jaguars in a nonconference girls-boys doubleheader.
East Chapel Hill’s boys completed a sweep with a 67-38 victory. The nightcap was delayed 30 minutes as a precautionary measure to be sure the alarm malfunction had been solved.
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Fire alarm stops girls’ game early
The gym was cleared at the sound of the alarm with 5:34 remaining in the first period and the East Chapel Hill leading 4-1 on a field goal and two free throws from Ali Cyr-Scully.
But clearing a gym meant sending the visiting Wildcats into the 48-degree temperature in their shorts. Their parents gave them their coats to wear as they boarded the team bus, but that left a scene with adults shivering. They rubbed their arms and tapped their feet to the sidewalk in an effort to keep warm until the police and fire departments arrived and provided the all clear.
“It’s one of those small buses, so we were able to huddle up and stay warm,” said Cyr-Scully, who finished with 16 points. “When came back and the game started, we just tried to block everything out and keep our focus.”
Cyr-Scully resumed play with a field goal and then Johnson showed she was warmed up. She buried a 3-point field goal and grabbed a rebound she took coast-to-coast for a layup and 11-4 lead.
“The second warmup helped me,” Johnson said. “My shots weren’t falling when we warmed up before the game. I was a little scared when the alarm went off, but then I was OK.”
The Wildcats (3-4) led 13-6 after the first period, 25-13 at halftime and 42-28 after three periods.
But Carrboro (2-6) found its shooting touch in the fourth period, outscoring the Wildcats 22-13. Grace Nanney led the Jaguars with 20 points. Kate Wood and Myasia Jarrett added 11 each.
Wildcats boys keep Carrboro winless
The East Chapel Hill boys (8-1) matched the girls with a season sweep of the Jaguars (0-8) this year.
ECH put the Jaguars away early with an 11-point first-quarter lead and 15-point halftime advantage. But Carter Collins, who led the Wildcats with 31 points, said defense had more to do with the eventual 29-point winning margin.
“We’re starting to click on all cylinders,” said the junior guard/forward. “We came up with a better defensive effort in the second half. We tried to work on closing down their shooters and it worked for us.”
Jai So added 10 points for ECH.
For Carrboro, Josiah Browning scored 11 points and Andrew Montross 9.