Carrboro boys top Northwood for Carolina 12 title; Chargers claim girls’ crown
Repeat was the theme of the night at the Carolina 12 Tournament, as the Carrboro boys held off host Northwood 63-55 for the Jaguars’ second straight title. But the Chargers were not shut out as the girls came up with a 42-41 victory over Granville Central.
Carrboro boys’ coach John Alcox said winning the tournament for the second straight year was a great accomplishment, especially by beating Northwood on its home court. After years of futility against the Chargers, Carrboro (22-3) has won four straight over Northwood (16-10).
James Scott led the Jaguars with 15 points, while Marlin Johnson added 14 and Trai Sharp finished with 12 to give Carrboro a balanced scoring attack that Northwood couldn’t match.
But Aumad Walker did all he could for the Chargers, scoring a game-high 26 points, including four 3-pointers.
Despite a fast start by Carrboro, which gave the Jaguars a 15-9 lead after the first quarter, Northwood controlled the middle part of the game. The Chargers took advantage of some Carrboro foul trouble to build a 27-18 lead on a bucket by Walker.
The Jaguars didn’t give up and were able to hold Northwood scoreless over the final 3:43 and get back to within three points at 27-24 at halftime.
“We got into foul trouble but we didn’t get down,” Alcox said. “My two guards McLean (Phipps) and Trai (Sharp) were on the bench, but we still managed to cut the lead. Getting it down to three at halftime allowed us to keep doing what we wanted to be doing.”
The teams played a tight third quarter with the lead swapping four times and with as many ties before Walker gave the Chargers a 48-46 lead going into the final eight minutes.
But Northwood’s lead wouldn’t last thanks to four straight turnovers to start the fourth. And when Sharp hit a 3-pointer to give the Jaguars a 49-48 lead, Carrboro never trailed again.
“We got some stops, and we controlled the boards in the fourth quarter,” Alcox said. “Once we got it ahead and extended it, we had the advantage of being able to spread it out some.”
First-year Northwood coach Donald Williams said the Carrboro spurt at the beginning of the fourth quarter was the difference.
“The team that got the last run was going to win, and they got the last run,” Williams said. “They played really well together and shared the basketball, and that’s what did us in.”
Carrboro completed a sweep of the conference regular-season and tournament without a loss. Northwood finished the season with a flourish of four straight wins before falling to the Jaguars.
Carrboro 63, Northwood 55
NORTHWOOD — Aumad Walker 26, Ti Pinnix 11, Kadarus Rone 6, Elijah Washington 8, Chaz Bailey 2, Jared Worley 2.
CARRBORO — McLean Phipps 9, Matt MacKinnon 8, Trai Sharp 12, Marlin Johnson 14, James Scott 15, Jack Nanney 2, Malik Carrington 2, Alex McVeigh 1.
3-Point FG—Northwood 4 (Walker 4). Carrboro 4 (MacKinnon 2, Sharp 2).
Records—Northwood 16-10, Carrboro 22-3.
Chargers survive final drive
Jasmine Atkins scored 18 points and Shontai Totten added 10 points as Northwood squeaked by Granville Central.
“This is a young team, and I’ve very proud of what they’ve accomplished,” Northwood coach Cameron Vernon said. “It was a fun game.”
Tamara Crews missed a contested layup with time running out for Granville Central, and the Panthers weren’t able to complete their fourth-quarter rally. The Panthers wanted to get the ball to Keena Evans, who led the way with 25 points, on their final push with 7.8 seconds left but couldn’t.
“I thought we defended Keena well.” Vernon said. “She still got 25 so you’ve got to give her a lot of credit. We’ve played her now three years, so we know she’s outstanding. When a player is hot, you’ve just got to grind it out and hope the ball isn’t going in.”
After Northwood built an 8-4 early lead, the Chargers extended their margin to 19-14 at halftime. The teams played evenly in the third quarter and the fourth quarter was marked by some outstanding long-range shooting by Evans to keep the Panthers in the game.
Northwood’s biggest lead in the fourth quarter came with 7:08 left in the game on a coast-to-coast drive by Totten to make it 36-29.
Evans went on to hit three 3-pointers, including one with 1:33 left in the game to give Granville Central a 41-40 lead.
“We’ve got some good shooters on this team, and hopefully they feel confident shooting the ball,” Granville Central coach Ken Blocker said. “We weren’t really getting a lot inside. We just want to make sure we get a shot at the basket on every possession.”
Unfortunately on Granville Central’s final two possessions didn’t result in open shots.
Jasmine Harris gave the lead back to Northwood at 42-41 on a short jumper with 51 seconds remaining. From there, neither team was able to scored.
Northwood 42, Granville Central 41
GRANVILLE CENTRAL — Tamara Crews 4, Keena Evans 25, Briona Blair 10, Makayla Hester 2.
NORTHWOOD — Maria Vanderford 8, Jasmine Atkins 18, Shontai Totten 10, Jasmine Harris 6.
Rebounds—Granville Central 17 (Evans 6, Blair 6); Northwood2 (Atkins 8). Assists—Northwood 10 (Gabby Mehninger 2, Alexis Brower 2, Totten 2).
Records—Granville Central 21-6, Northwood 22-4.