Chapel Hill puts together sweep of Union Pines
Chapel Hill took advantage of outmanned Union Pines using all 17 available players Wednesday in a 65-40 runaway that Coach Tod Morgan admitted was as much about developing depth as anything else.
“We were using different combinations, trying to build depth,” Morgan said. “We’re going to need it as the schedule gets tougher.”
The only player the Tigers didn’t use was junior center Josh Hennen, who was ill and missed the game, and 11 Tigers scored at least one point.
In the doubleheader’s girls’ opener, undefeated Chapel Hill (7-0) ran roughshod over Union Pines (5-6) as well, sending the visitors back to the Sandhills with a 55-16 rout.
Jessica Wall scored 14 points and Raziyah Farrington and Autumn West added 10 apiece for the Tigers.
The only blight on the evening for Chapel Hill were late-game injuries suffered by West, a promising freshman who had to leave with an injured left knee, and senior reserve Sophie Bozymski, who injured an ankle.
Both injuries appeared potentially serious, but an obviously concerned Coach Sherry Norris said afterward that she had no word on the severity of the injuries.
Other than the injuries and a slow start, Norris was generally pleased with the Tigers’ play, particularly after a slow start saw Chapel Hill leading only 8-5 before dominating with a 16-0 run for a 26-9 edge at the half.
“We were a lot more intense in the second half, especially defensively,” Norris said.
The Chapel Hill boys (6-2) didn’t lack intensity, as they ran out to a 35-13 halftime lead.
The Tigers outrebounded the Vikings 32-16 and forced 22 turnovers, including three steals apiece by Ryan Hegedus and Stephen Himmelberg Jr. Himmelberg, a point guard who normally focuses on distributing the ball, led Chapel Hill with 15 points. Teammates Elliott Orenstein (11 points) and Anthony Vanhook (10) also cracked double figures.
It was a relatively quiet night for Vanhook, who led Chapel Hill with seven rebounds but battled illness and saw his minutes limited.
Vanhook has 27 points and 12 rebounds against East Chapel Hill on Friday as he rounded back into shape after sitting out some early games with a wrist injury.
“I tried to limit his minutes,” Morgan said. “He wasn’t himself.”
Himmelberg wasn’t himself either — for a reason, Morgan said.
“We know he can score and tonight he took advantage of his scoring opportunities,” Morgan said. “And he did his usual good job at point guard.”
Himmelberg drove the lane for four layups in the third period, his dribble-drives offering a new look for the Tigers.
Chapel Hill (B) 65, Union Pines 40
UNION PINES — Matthew Maness 20, Tyler Packer 3, Amani McCoy 2, Malik Crawford 6, Jeff Thompson 2, Darin Carlyle 1, Dionte Williams 3, Luke Davis 3.
CHAPEL HILL — Stephen Himmelberg Jr. 15, Anthony Vanhook 10, Andy Gillespie 1, Elliott Orenstein 11, Shane Turner 5, Andrew Grant 2, Brian Thornton 4, Ryan Hegedus 6, Karl Hill 8, Jamison Richmond 2, Wilson Collins 1.
3-point FG—Union Pines 4 (Maness 4), Chapel Hill 1 (Turner). Rebounds—Union Pines 16 (Crawford 4), Chapel Hill 32 (Vanhook 7). Blocked shots—Union Pines 1 (McCoy), Chapel Hill 1 (Orenstein). Steals—Union Pines 8 (Packer 6), Chapel Hill (Hegedus 3, Himmelberg 3). Assists—Union Pines 4 (Packer 3), Chapel Hill 12 (Vanhook 4). Turnovers—Union Pines 22 (Packer 3), Chapel Hill 17 (Himmelberg 4).
Records—Union Pines 3-8, Chapel Hill 6-2.
Chapel Hill (G) 55, Union Pines 16
UNION PINES — Lexie Coxe 3, Marisa Smith 4, Charlotte Holder 2, Anna Jackson 2, Courtney Evans 2, Stephanie Johnson 2, Courtney Hobgood 1.
CHAPEL HILL — Tamia Eatmon 5, Jessica Wall 14, Raziyah Farrington 10, Catherine Romaine 8, Jamella Smith 6, Olivia Clayton 2, Autumn West 10.
3-point FG—Chapel Hill 2 (Wall 2). Rebounds—Chapel Hill 30 (West 5). Assists—Chapel Hill 22 (Eatmon 8).
Records—Union Pines 4-6, Chapel Hill 7-0.