Local Roundup: Warriors drop first league game
JOE JOHNSON, Dispatch correspondent
The race for the 3-A Carolina regular season title between Chapel Hill and J.F. Webb is all even after the Tigers held on for a 55-52 victory on Friday night.
“I’m proud of the effort, and it ranks right up there with one of the best wins we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Chapel Hill coach Tod Morgan said.
Chapel Hill (18-4, 7-1) and Webb ( 18-4, 7-1) won their home games in the series, and now each has two remaining league games next week before the conference tournament.
“It was two good teams getting after it,” Webb coach Leo Brunelli said. “You have to be ready for a battle every game.”
Brian Thornton led the Tigers with 16 points, while Anthony Vanhook chipped in 13 points and grabbed six rebounds.
North Carolina recruit Isaiah Hicks scored 16 to lead Webb, which played its fifth straight road game.
Webb had a chance to tie the game at the final buzzer, but Mitron Terry’s desperation 3-pointer from near midcourt sailed long to give Chapel Hill the win. On the Warriors’ previous possession, Hicks hit one of Webb’s 11 3-pointers in the game to make the score 53-52.
When Chapel Hill got the ball inbounds to Thorton, he was fouled with five seconds remaining. Thornton made a pair of free throws to set the final margin but it gave Webb one final play.
The Warriors again tried to get the ball in Hicks’ hands for the final shot, but he had to give it up to Terry with time winding down. Terry barely got his shot off.
“Five seconds isn’t a lot of time to do a lot of things,” Brunelli said. “We wanted the ball in Isaiah’s hands, but you knew that was going to be tough because they run a double-team. Obviously, we didn’t get the shot we wanted.”
The game was tight throughout, but there only were three lead changes and four ties. Chapel Hill grabbed the lead early in the game and eventually extended it to eight points on two occasions in the second quarter.
Webb fought back with a tremendous third quarter thanks to some terrific outside shooting by Stefan Cates, who made three 3-pointers in the period. Webb also got one from Devonte Williams, who also finished with three 3-pointers in the game.
Webb overcame a 28-24 halftime deficit to take a 39-36 lead going into the final period. Down the stretch, Webb built a 46-42 lead thanks to back-to-back buckets by Hicks.
But from there, Chapel Hill outscored Webb 13-6, taking the lead for good with 2:54 left on a basket in close by Vanhook to make the score 48-46. The Tigers held onto the lead by making 5 of 7 from the line in the final 1:07.
Hayes reaches 1,000 at Trinity
Jessi Hayes’ career points tally is up to 1,007 for Crossroads Christian. The senior eclipsed 1,000 Friday with a 16-point performance in the Colts’ 43-38 loss at Trinity Academy.
Crossroads will honor Hayes following the varsity girls match Monday against Neuse Christian (4 p.m. tip).
Caroline May had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Colts and Michaela Nicholas added seven points.
Northern edged by Gibbons in overtime
The Northern Vance boys were close again Friday, but couldn’t pull out a win in a 51-46 overtime loss to Cardinal Gibbons on Senior Night.
Northern freshman Jeffrey Jones sent the game to overtime on a tip-in with just a few seconds remaining.
Viking coach Wilton Baskett said it was a play worthy of a highlight reel.
Gibbons outscored Northern 8-3 in the extra session to improve its 3-A Carolina Conference record to 5-3. The Vikings are 1-7.
Northern led much of the game, which was tied at halftime.
The Vikings honored Le’Darius Brandon, Montel Clark, Jalen Terry, Jaleel Seward, and Tyrell Williams for Senior Night.
Tavin Moore led the team with 20 points, Seward had 11 and Clark finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Northern is still in the race for the fourth spot in the conference, and a subsequent playoff berth, with Orange and Southern Vance. The Vikings visit Chapel Hill Tuesday and close the regular season at Orange Friday.
“We’re still fighting,” said Baskett, “trying to earn some respectability. We just need to win one, winning two would be much nicer.”
Lady Vikings fall to Crusaders
The Northern Vance varsity girls fell 70-50 to Cardinal Gibbons on Senior Night.
Gibbons led 24-2 after one quarter and 38-13 at halftime.
The Vikings’ seniors are Tanaua White and Jazmine Haywood.
White led the Vikings with 16 points, Kechae Parker had 14 and Haywood finished with 12.
Southern girls win in Hillsborough
Southern Vance bounced back from two consecutive losses with a 45-25 win at Orange Friday.
The Lady Raiders (17-4, 5-3 Carolina Conference) were up 28-14 at halftime.
Breona Jones led Southern with 19 points and six assists. Carslin Talley added nine points.
The Raiders host Cardinal Gibbons for Senior Night on Tuesday.