Chapel Hill girls face West Craven for trip to state final
The Chapel Hill girls' basketball team is a game away from playing for a state title, a moment that arrived Thursday night after freshman Autumn West tossed in the game-winning basket at the buzzer in double overtime against Greensboro's Northern Guilford.
The 3-A Eastern Regional championship will be on the line when Chapel Hill returns to Fayetteville's Crown Coliseum for today's 4 p.m. matchup with a West Craven (Vanceboro) team that in the semifinals got 31 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and six steals from combo guard Jamie Cherry to earn the right to hang around in the playoffs.
Chapel Hill spreads around the points more. In the 67-65 win over Northern Guilford, the Tigers got double-figure scoring from Jamella Smith (13 points) and Raziyah Farrington (15 points), while Catherine Romaine (10 points, 13 rebounds) and West (19 points, 14 rebounds) had double-doubles.
Chapel Hill held it together when senior Laura Musalem took a seat in the first period after picking up her third foul. Musalem triggers the Tigers' defense, Chapel Hill coach Sherry Norris said.
Norris, however, has the luxury of dipping deep into her bench without much drop-off from whoever she sends onto the floor.
Chapel Hill has good shooters, although West Craven in the semis held Eastern Wayne to 28.2 percent from the field.
And while West Craven got all of those points from Cherry, the junior guard also had 16 of her team's 26 turnovers.
Chapel Hill has given teams fits with its defensive pressure that has led to turnovers and transition points.