JAGS ROLL TO 15-0
Does big James Scott have magnets in his hands or is his never-fail grasp just equal to the task of his impressive reach?
Carrboro’s 6-5 junior center ruled the post, poured in 16 points and led all scorers as the Jaguars beat South Granville 65-46 on Thursday and remained unblemished at 15-0 in Carolina 12 1A/2A Conference play.
“James Scott played great on the post down low, great hands, a lot of good finishes,” said Carrboro coach John Alcox. “He does yeoman’s work.”
The hot-shooting Jaguars blew out a 23-4 lead in the first period, and used a smothering defense to go up 40-14 by halftime. South Granville scored a free throw at 4:09 of the first period to make it 10-4, but never touched the bottom of the net again until the 5:39 mark of the second period. The game was never in doubt.
“There’s a reason they’re undefeated in the conference and winning every game by double digits. The second half was just play for pride and we did. Our guys bounced back a little bit,” said Vikings coach Jake Wohlfeil.
“They wanted to beat us by 50. They didn’t take it easy on us, and we competed in the second half,” Wohlfeil said. “We kept fighting and battling.”
In the girls game, Carrboro had a tougher go of it. They had to hold off a furious but ultimately futile shooting spree by the Vikings to protect a 54-53 win. Diamond Tyson scored 24 for the Jaguars. Hunter Mundy scored 21 for South Granville.
Alcox said his boys squad has a full arsenal.
“With our system, it just avails itself to so many opportunities offensively, whether they’re guarding us zone or man,” he said.
“I felt like we had the advantage in terms of our guard play and our post play,” Alcox said. “I thought Trai Sharp was really good tonight. McLean Phipps was very good for us, and he was coming off a cold so he wasn’t feeling his best, but he came out here like a warrior.” Phipps had 14 points; Sharp had 13.
“Carrboro’s little point guard (Phipps) is easily going to be player of the year in my opinion,” Wohlfeil said. “That kid is so good. He runs that team. Sharp is good as well. They’re just stacked with talent.”
Wohlfeil also had praise for one of his guards.
“Mario Thorpe is our leader, he’s our heart and I have no problem saying this. He outworked everyone in the gym. He’s just a workhorse. He’s not the most skilled player, but any time a player averages a double-double his last six games and gets 18, 19 rebounds a game, he wants it,” Wohlfeil said.
Alcox said setting the tone early on defense was the difference in the game.
“The defense was good. We contested the rim and blocked shots. We talk about that, we talk about pressure on the ball, we talk about taking over driving lanes and contesting at the rim. We saw it tonight, what we preach defensively,” Alcox said.
Both coaches were pleased with their bench play. Alcox said Matt McKinnon stepped in big for the Jaguars, scoring 10 points. Wohlfeil said he was excited for Shawn McCutcheon, who only made three game appearance this season, but got a good amount of playing time and scored 5 points.
Carrboro hosts Cedar Ridge tonight. The Red Wolves “have always been a tough opponent for us, so we’re going to approach it like any other game — a sense of urgency,” Alcox said.
South Granville is hosting Durham School of the Arts for its senior night tonight. Third place in the conference is on the line.
Carrboro 65, S. Granville 46
CARRBORO — James Scott 16, McLean Phipps 14, Trai Sharp 13, Matt McKinnon 10, Marlin Johnson 5, Jack Nanney 4, Alex McVeigh 3.
SOUTH GRANVILLE — Branden Ragland 12, Mario Thorpe 9, Taz Strudwick 7, Shawn McCutcheon 5, Ansar Muhammad 5 Ryan Boltz, 4, Shawn Montren 2, J.C. Shelley 2.
Carrboro 23 17 15 10—65
S. Granville 4 10 19 13—46
Records—Carrboro 20-3, 15-0 Carolina 12 1-A/2-A; South Granville 14-9, 9-6 C-12.
Carrboro 54, S. Granville 53
CARRBORO — Diamond Tyson 24, Camille Gallagher 9, Nicole Davis 8, Halle Knowles 6, Kate Wood 4, Anna Broome 2, Lynette Mason 1.
SOUTH GRANVILLE — Hunter Mundy 21, Tiana Jones 11, Nisha Darby 10, Deana Allen 4, Katelyn Brooks 3, Cameron Patrick 2, Mallory Brogden 2.
Carrboro 17 12 15 10—54
S. Granville 7 22 13 11—53
Records—Carrboro 14-8, 9-6 C-12; South Granville 5-15, 4-11 C-12.