Carrboro tops Cedar Ridge, finishes unbeaten in league
The Carrboro Jaguars dropped Cedar Ridge 77-62 to close out the Carolina 12 1A/2A regular season a perfect 16-0 on Friday.
No other Carolina 12 team has managed that feat, and it was the first time Carrboro went unbeaten in conference play.
“It was nice,” Carrboro coach John Alcox said. “I’ve never talked about going undefeated with the guys. I’ve always talked about the here and now. I’ve always talked about the opponent that’s before us.
“It’s one game at a time. I guess if you’re successful in accomplishing your goal each time that (unbeaten streak) will happen, but that wasn’t a goal.”
The celebration on the court gave way almost immediately to making plans with his assistant coach for the upcoming conference tournament, Alcox said.
“As a coach, there’s always something that needs to be addressed,” he said.
The Cedar Ridge girls won 51-49 in a tipoff game that coach Jeremy Heinold described as “very, very physical.
“We won on a last-second shot,” Heinold said. “Kacia Vines made a layup and got fouled with .4 seconds left.”
Vines deliberately missed the free throw to run the clock out.
Kyley Clark was the leading scorer for the Red Wolves with 17, while Vines had 12.
Diamond Tyson scored 24 points for Carrboro for the second night in a row to lead the Jaguars.
In the boys’ game, Kyle Jones of Cedar Ridge led all scorers with 22. Matt McKinnon scored 18 to lead Carrboro.
Although the final score looked like a blowout for the boys, Carrboro had its hands full.
“We knew that coming in, that Cedar Ridge, they’ve always been a tough out for us,” Alcox said. “They’re scrappy, they get after it, they pursue the ball. They do the things that you need to do to stay in the game or to close one out.”
The Red Wolves scored repeatedly on second-chance opportunities with a strong rebounding game. But Carrboro’s full-court pressure paid dividends, and its halfcourt spread offense provided open opportunities to score and draw fouls.
The first half saw Cedar Ridge commit 14 fouls and Carrboro 12. But the Red Wolves converted 9 of 14 free throws while the Jaguars scored on only 10 of 20 to keep the score interesting at 29-20 at the half.
The Red Wolves’ Jalyn Grady drilled a 3-pointer to open the third period, making it 29-23, but that was as close as Cedar Ridge would come the rest of the night. The Red Wolves had a 10-2 run in the middle of the final period to draw within 10, but committed a number of fouls trying to get the ball back that Carrboro converted.
“I think I’m most happy for them because, I guess for lack of a better way of saying it, they deserve it,” Alcox said of the unbeaten conference record. “They do it the right way. They’re unselfish. They honestly don’t care who gets the glory, who scores.
“For them, it’s about winning. They’ve died to themselves for the betterment of the team, and that’s probably the nicest thing about all of this. I enjoy being around them.”
Cedar Ridge (G) 51, Carrboro 49
CEDAR RIDGE — Kyley Clark 17, Kacia Vines 12, Devana Turner 9, Taylor Burton 7, Delaney King 4, Chelsea Hill 2.
CARRBORO — Diamond Tyson 24, Kate Wood 9, Camille Gallagher 8, Nicole Davis 2, Michaela Riggsbee 2, Halle Knowles 2, Anna Broome 1, Lynette Mason 1.
Records—Cedar Ridge 16-8, 13-3; Carrboro 14-9, 9-7.
Carrboro (B) 77, Cedar Ridge 62
CEDAR RIDGE — Kyle Jones 22, Brian McPherson 12, Rayquan Villines 12, Jalyn Grady 11, Peyton Pappas 5.
CARRBORO — Matt McKinnon 18, Malik Carrington 12, James Scott 12, McLean Phipps 11, Trai Sharp 9, Martin Alcox 7, Peter Rathmell 5, Alex McVeigh 2, Ezavian Dunn 1.
Records— Cedar Ridge 8-16, 8-8; Carrboro 21-3, 16-0.