Carrboro sweeps C-12 doubleheader against S. Granville
If South Granville was going to beat Carrboro, its defense had to have a monster game and its offense had to step up its shooting accuracy.
Neither happened Friday night, and the hot-shooting, bomb-launching Jaguars dominated the visiting Vikings 78-61 to remain undefeated in Carolina 12 1-A/2-A Conference play.
Carrboro led by 20 points or more many times in the second half — by as many as 24 points with 6:51 to play. The Jaguars, led by Alex McVeigh’s 16 points — 12 on 3s — drained nine 3s in all to subdue the Vikes.
“We try to go four out and one in” on offense, Carrboro coach John Alcox said. “So when you penetrate there are three people who are sitting out on the wing, so it’s just a matter of getting in there to the teeth of the defense and then pushing it out, kicking it out.”
Alcox said he’s “not really too fussy” about his players attempting 3-pointers.
“It worked out well, I thought, for us. It’s really good that we can knock down shots,” Alcox said.
“This team was not 20 points better than us,” said South Granville coach Jake Wohlfeil. “I’m really looking forward to a few weeks when they come to our place. So far we’ve not been good on the road.”
Wohlfeil praised Carrboro, acknowledging he was expecting a hot-shooting squad.
“A loss to a good team never bothers me, but we did not play our best and we did not bring the effort we should have,” Wohlfeil said.
“We just don’t have a ton of offensive talent. But we have been a very good defensive team all year and a very good rebounding team all year,” he said. “When we come out and our scouting report said so-and-so’s a shooter and we just leave him wide open, that is a lack of focus, it’s a lack of effort.”
While Wohlfeil downplayed his team’s offensive abilities, Alcox said he was impressed with the Vikings’ Shawn Montren, who banged in 20 points, including four 3s, to lead all scorers.
“I don’t think he had enough help,” Alcox said. “I guess that’s a credit to our defense.”
Looking forward, he said, “Our goal is trying to finish one (in conference) and get that No. 1 seed for the state playoffs. It’s a long-range goal but we’ve got to take it one opponent at a time.”
The Jaguars wasted little time establishing their dominance Friday. McLean Phipps, who had 13 points on the night, pulled up in front of the Vikings’ bench and tossed in a 3 seven seconds into the game.
Carrboro went on a 7-0 tear and, when the gymnasium lights inexplicably went dark at 6:03 of the first period, it could have been a sign for South Granville. The Vikings trailed by 8 midway through the first period, but never got that close again.
The Jaguars methodically built on that lead, outhustling South Granville to loose balls, sinking a higher percentage of their shots and pressuring the Vikings’ offense into poor passes and missed shots.
Carrboro (B) 78, South Granville 61
SOUTH GRANVILLE — Shawn Montren 20, Brandon Ragland 14, Mario Thorpe 12, Gary Lash 5, Taz Strudwick 4, Ryan Boltz 4, J.C. Shelley 2.
CARRBORO — Alex McVeigh 16, Trai Sharp 15, McLean Phipps 13, Zay Dunn 6, Matt McKinnon 5, Peter Rathmell 5, Martin Alcox, Gerald Atwater, Marlin Johnson 4, Jack Nanney 4, James Scott 2.
S. Granville 12 16 9 24—61
Carrboro 26 18 11 23—78
Records—South Granville 8-5, 3-2 Carolina 12 1-A/2-A Conference; Carrboro, 8-2, 4-0 C-12.
Carrboro (G) 64, South Granville 39
SOUTH GRANVILLE — Tiana Jones 15, Katelyn Brooks 9, Cameron Patrick 7, Hunter Mundy 6, DeAnna Allen 2.
CARRBORO — Diamond Tyson 26, Camille Gallagher 12, Haley Davis 8, Kate Wood 5, Lynette Mason 5, Anna Broome 4, Halle Knowles 2, Nicole Davis 2.
S. Granville 9 10 13 7—39
Carrboro 13 12 18 21—64
Records—South Granville 1-7, 0-4 C-12; Carrboro 7-3, 2-2 C-12.