Chapel Hill boys, girls earn title shots at home Friday night
Chapel Hill fended off a flurry of second-half 3-pointers from Orange for a 56-51 win on Wednesday to advance to Friday’s championship game of the Carolina 12 Conference tournament.
Jawan Chambers (11 points) and Gerrell Satterwhite (14 points) both hit a pair of 3-pointers in the second half.
Satterwhite already had buried two 3s in the first half.
But Chapel Hill, led by Anthony Vanhook with 15 points and Brian Thornton with 10 points, kept getting to the free throw line and knocking down the shots.
“This time of year, we’ve talked about it — survive and advance,” Chapel Hill coach Tod Morgan said. “That’s what it’s about, because next week it’s really survive and advance because if you don’t, you’re out.”
Morgan was named coach of the year in conference, and Orange coach Greg Motley took nothing away from what the Tigers did on the floor.
But Motley said his Panthers were at a disadvantage after he picked up a technical foul in the first half that forced him to coach from his seat for the rest of the game.
“I didn’t deserve it,” Motley said.
Motley said he was told that he got the techincal for using distasteful words toward an official.
“I promise you, I said nothing of the kind,” Motley said. “I don’t know what he heard.”
Motley said all he did was respectfully ask about a particular call.
“Trust me, I don’t get techs. That’s not who I am,” Motley said. “It’s tough when you feel like the odds are against you.
“(We) just came up short. I guess that’s the way I would have to put it. I thought our kids fought hard, and they made enough plays to be in it. We just couldn’t get over the hump.”
Chapel Hill 56, Orange 51
ORANGE — Jawan Chambers 11, Gerrell Satterwhite 14, Jalen Pittman 6, Sean Motley 5, Keegan Crabtree 10, Andrew Toney 3, Brandon Frye 2.
CHAPEL HILL — Stephen Himmelberg Jr. 9, Anthony Vanhook 15, Elliot Orenstein 6, Shane Turner 2, Andrew Grant 6, Brian Thornton 10, Ryan Hegedus 7, Treshawn Craig 1.
Orange 8 13 8 22—51
Chapel Hill 11 13 14 18—56
Records—Orange 8-14; Chapel Hill 21-4.
Chapel Hill girls cruise past Webb
Chapel Hill got the win in the girls’ semis, but not the way Tigers coach Sherry Norris wanted it.
The 63-32 final margin over Webb doesn’t tell the whole story, Norris said.
“Our intensity wasn’t quite where it needed to be when we first came out,” Norris said. “It’s hard, because we’ve played Webb twice and won both of those games by big margins.
“But what they have to realize is that from here on out when we take the floor, it could be their last time and I would hate for them to come short of the goal that we’ve set of making it back to Fayetteville and winning the state championship because our intensity and focus is not where it needs to be.”
Catherine Romaine (14 points), Arianne Jacobs (12) and Raziyah Farrington (10) scored in double figures for Chapel Hill.
Starr Jones and Nakiyah Bullock each scored nine points for Webb.
“I think the last time they beat us by about 50 or whatever, so this time we’re just glad to be able to cut the deficit,” Webb coach Kenneth Rogers said. “They have a great basketball team. They’re real deep.”
Chapel Hill was without Laura Musalem, who turned her ankle in practice on Tuesday.
Musalem was on the bench in street clothes during the game, resting for Chapel Hill’s stretch run.
“She’s just the spark plug that makes our team go,” Norris said. “She is just an aggressive defensive player, and she sets the tone.”
Chapel Hill 63, Oxford Webb 32
WEBB — Starr Jones 9, Janae Carroll 2, Hattie Chavis 4, Laquasha Terry 5, Nakiyah Bullock 9, Alia Jones 2.
CHAPEL HILL — Tamia Eatmon 4, Arianne Jacobs 12, Jessica Wall 4, Mariah Jacobs 2, Raziyah Farrington 10, Catherine Romaine 14, Jasmine Suitt 2, Autumn West 6.
Webb 8 4 9 11—32
Chapel Hill 15 22 14 12—63
Records—Webb 11-10; Chapel Hill 24-1.