Lady Vikings can’t keep up with talented Tigers

Jan. 04, 2014 @ 12:31 AM

Northern Vance head coach Randolph Crews knew what his team was up against Friday night. Chapel Hill outscored the Vikings 188-35 in two regular season meetings last season before the Tigers’ campaign ended with a loss in the 3-A state championship.

Crews relayed to his team Friday that it was playing one of the best teams in the state.

“Go out, play hard, have fun,” Crews told the Vikings.

The result was a 100-17 loss for Northern, which dropped to 1-2 in 3-A Big Eight Conference play and 2-10 overall.

Chapel Hill’s most important pieces are all back from last year’s successful team.

The only team to close to the Tigers (12-0, 3-0) this season is West Forsyth, which lost to Chapel Hill 60-55 in the championship game of the recent HighSchoolOT Holiday Tournament.

“It’s a learning experience,” said Crews. “Everything that Chapel Hill did tonight offensively and defensively, I told them work hard over the summer and we’re going to be able to do that too.”
The Tigers led 55-8 at halftime and 77-14 after three quarters.

Five Chapel Hill players scored in double figures led by junior guard Tamia Eatmon, who had 16 points on 8-of-8 shooting to go along with 13 steals and 10 assists.

The Tigers used a five in, five out substitution method and the second five proved almost as dominant against Northern.

“It’s good to sub in and sub out with quality players,” said Crews. “Their second string still could be middle or top tier in the conference pack.”

“They set the standard for the rest of the conference and everybody’s trying to catch up,” added Crews.

Jacquilyn Miller led the Vikings with eight points.

Northern is back in action Tuesday at Cardinal Gibbons.