Person, ECH split doubledip; Person boys, ECH girls win
Tyrone Outlaw pulled up short on a frenzied drive to the basket, freezing his defenders, then hit a sweet, picture-perfect jumper. The 6-foot-5 Person forward floated on air with enough hang time to make a punter jealous and drained the shot to go into double digits at 4:13 of the second period.
Although the blue-chip Outlaw would lead all Rockets scorers with 14 points and help them to squeak out a 60-59 barnburner against host East Chapel Hill, he would not score again against the tenacious Wildcats defense for nearly 9 more minutes.
And the Rockets, who took a comfortable and commanding 11-point lead after two periods, had to stave off a furious Wildcats comeback that featured two ties and four lead changes in the final period.
In the girls game, East Chapel Hill swamped Person 51-22, holding the Rockets to single digits in three of the four periods. The Wildcats’ Adrienne Davis led all scorers with 18 points. Teammates Ali Cyr-Scully had 11 and Riley Foster 10. Tiana Hatchett led the Rockets with 7 points.
Person coach Charles Dacus agreed that East Chapel Hill played Outlaw tough.
“That’s what a lot of teams do is put a big emphasis on him, slowing him down, but he keeps playing. I think he wound up with four or five assists tonight so he was doing other things for us,” Dacus said.
Devin Scoggins, the Rockets’ 6-foot-5 center, “did a great job down low in there,” Dacus said, especially in scoring repeatedly in the third period to open the scoring gap.
“He can be a big load down there one-on-one, and he did a good job scoring those baskets straight there for us, and that made them sag off a little bit and opened it up for some other people,” Dacus said.
“We didn’t have enough size to deal with Scoggins down low,” said East Chapel Hill coach Ray Hartsfield. And that forced the Wildcats to take outside shots.
“We got undisciplined in that second quarter,” launching — and missing — an abundance of 3-pointers, Hartsfield said, and that anxiety contributed to Person’s 17-5 margin in the second period, the only one in which East Chapel Hill did not outscore the Rockets.
But while Hartsfield lamented his team’s bad quarter, Dacus was doing some hand-wringing in the final period.
“I think we got a little relaxed on defense. It’s been happening to us in a lot of games. We’ll get off to a pretty good start then relax, get comfortable and teams make runs on us,” Dacus said.
“Hats off to East Chapel Hill because they stuck to what they were doing all night. They’re very disciplined,” Dacus said. “They started knocking down some shots and getting penetration, making some easy baskets and that helped to open it up for the 3-point shots for them.”
While the Wildcats were mounting their comeback, the Rockets stayed in the game with sharp free-throw shooting. They were 9-11 in the final period.
East Chapel Hill led 14-13 at the end of the first period but did not go ahead again until 6-foot-2 sophomore guard Arkavius Parks drove the baseline and popped in a shot to make it 49-48 with 3:21 to play.
Scoggins then scored and picked up a foul for a 3-point play as Person went up 51-49, followed by a similar 3-point play by Wildcats sophomore center Robert Wilson to put East Chapel Hill up 52-51 with 2:34 to play.
On the next possession Outlaw tapped in his own rebound to retake a lead the Rockets never relinquished.
Wilson hit a 3-pointer from the corner with time expiring, failing to pick up a foul that would have enabled East Chapel Hill to tie the game.
Person 60, East Chapel Hill 59
PERSON — Tyrone Outlaw 14, Jashawn King-Barnett 10, Devin Scoggins 9, Jerry Smith8, Derrick Bass 8, Trey Tapp 6, Joseph Downey 5.
ECU — Justen Best 20, Robert Wilson 17, Arkavius Parks 10, Louis Levin and Jake Hilkey 4, Malik McCray 2, Tykeem Woodard 2.
Person 13 17 11 19—60
ECH 14 5 17 23—59
Records—Person 9-8, 3-2 PAC-6; East Chapel Hill 9-8, 0-5 PAC-6.
East Chapel Hill 51, Person 22
PERSON — Tiana Hatchett 7, Cyanna Lester5, Jada McGhee 5, Hannah Riley 3, Brianna McLamb 2.
ECH — Adrienne Davis 18, Ali Cyr-Scully 11, Riley Foster 10, Tia Haughton 4, Adorable Bigelow 3, Jazmine Daye 2, Jessica Nolting 2, Jirreney Colbert 1.
Person 4 7 9 2—22
ECH 12 12 20 7—51
Records—Person 3-14, 0-4 PAC-6; East Chapel Hill 5-10, 1-4 PAC-6.