3-A GIRLS: Chapel Hill thrashes N. Guilford, on to Elite Eight

Feb. 28, 2014 @ 10:36 PM

The East Region’s top-seeded Chapel Hill girls remained undefeated with a 58-34 win over No. 9 Northern Guilford in the Sweet Sixteen of the state 3-A basketball playoffs Friday.

The Nighthawks jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but Chapel Hill’s defense forced six turnovers in the opening quarter to erase the early deficit and lead by four.

Chapel Hill missed four of its first five shots against Northern Guilford’s zone, but the Tigers solved the defense by relying on drives by Jamella Smith and the inside play of Catherine Romaine.

Smith scored a game-high 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting. She scored seven points in a 9-0 Chapel Hill that ended the first quarter and put the Tigers ahead to stay.

Romaine added 10 points on a variety of inside moves. She was just as valuable on the other end of the court, as her defense in the post frustrated Northern Guilford’s leading scorer, senior forward Aliyah Grinage.

Romaine blocked one of Grinage’s shots and altered several others, while teammates double and triple teamed her, forcing several of Northern Guilford’s 25 turnovers in the game.

Chapel Hill’s defense was at its fiercest immediately after halftime. Nursing a closer-than-expected 24-17 lead, the Tigers outscored the Nighthawks 16-4 in the third quarter. Chapel Hill’s press forced turnovers on five of six possessions at one point, and Northern Guilford didn’t score until for the first 5:30 of the third quarter.

The Nighthawks shot just 28.5 percent in the game (6 for 21). The Tigers also dominated the offensive glass, further frustrating Northern Guilford. Chapel Hill got offensive rebounds its last five missed shots of the first half.

Jessica Wall added 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting for the Tigers, including a pair of 3-pointers. Raziyah Farrington had 10, shooting 5 of 11.

Grinage led Northern Guilford with 15 points. Kasey Johnson added 10 on 4 of 11 shooting.

Northern Guilford suffered its most lopsided loss of the year, ending a nine-game winning streak dating to Jan. 17. Chapel Hill advances and will play No. 4 seed Union Pines in the state quarterfinals Tuesday at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville.

Game time will be 7 or 8:30 p.m.

NO. 1 CHAPEL HILL 58, NO. 9 N. GUILFORD 34

Northern Guilford      9      8      4      13 — 34

Chapel Hill      13      11      16      18 — 58


NORTHERN GUILFORD — Aliyah Grinage 15, Kasey Johnson 10, Sami Furlough 7, Sydney Wilson 2.

CHAPEL HILL — Jamella Smith 19, Jessica Wall 13, Catherine Romaine 10, Raziyah Farrington 10, Taylor Headen 2, Autumn West 2, Tamia Eatmon 1, Mariah Jacobs 1.

Records—Chapel Hill 29-0, Northern Guilford 21-6.