The Chapel Hill basketball teams traveled to Cobb County on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Turkey Classic hosted at Marietta High School. The Lady Panthers picked up their first win of the season, going 1-2 in the tourney. The boys went 2-1.
The Lady Panthers took on Wheeler on Tuesday and the boys squared off with Blessed Trinity. The Lady Panthers fell to the Lady Wildcats in a game that came down to the final seconds, 55-52. The CHHS boys battled the Titans to double overtime, winning 70-68.
In the girls game, Chapel Hill took an 8-2 lead early behind Jazmine Golden, who scored four points in an eight point run. However, Wheeler went on two runs, scoring six and then eight straight to take a 19-12 lead at the end of the first period.
In the second period, Chapel Hill came back to tie the game at 21 off a Golden 2-point shot. The Lady Panthers went on to tale a 30-26 lead at halftime behind 11 points from Golden, eight points from Shekinah Howard and seven points from Alex Weems.
The Lady Panthers widened their lead to eight off shots from Howard and Golden to open the third period. Wheeler answered with seven straight points to close the gap to one. The Wildcats tied the game from the free throw line with 3:31 to go in the third. After losing the lead briefly, Chapel Hill came back to take a 42-40 advantage at the end of the third period on a Naya Hunter layup.
Chapel Hill took a four point lead off a layup from Howard to start the final period. Wheeler then scored 10 straight for a 50-44 advantage. Howard ended the streak with a 3-pointer. Down by two with 30 seconds to play, the Lady Panthers were forced to foul. After Wheeler hit 1-of-2, Howard took the ball full court and hit a layup. She was fouled on the play but missed the shot to tie the game. With three seconds left, Chapel Hill had a final attempt to tie the game with 3-pointer. Howard got the shot off but it rolled off the rim and to the floor.
Howard led the team with 23 points. She added eight rebounds. Golden had 13 points. Weems finished with nine points and five rebounds.
In the boys game, things did not go Chapel Hill’s way early on as the Blessed Trinity Titans knocked down a couple of threes and went on to take a 15-5 lead after the first period.
The second period was more competitive. Blessed Trinity managed to maintain a lead above seven for the period despite the best efforts of Dallas Jacks, who knocked down two 3-pointers for the Panthers. At the half, Chapel Hill trailed, 32-23 after a last second layup by the Titans.
The Panthers came roaring back in the third period behind shots from Efe Balfour, and Jarett Jenkins. A layup by Balfour with five minutes to play in the period cut the deficit to one point. Blessed Trinity answered with five straight punts but Brandon Peterson knocked down a three for Chapel Hill. Both teams exchanged shots until the end of the period with CHHS trailing, 44-40.
The Panthers continued to rally in the fourth period, tying the game off a Balfour 3-point play, which included a layup plus a foul shot, and a Jacks 3-pointer. The Titans answered with six straight points for a 52-46 advantage. Down the stretch, Chapel Hill got as close as two points with two minutes to go. With 10 seconds to play, Balfour hit a layup to tie Blessed Trinity at 57 and send the game into overtime.
Both teams put up five in the OT, sending the game into double OT.
Jacks took over for the Panthers in double overtime, scoring six of eight points for the win.
Balfour led Chapel Hill with 25 points. Jacks followed with 24.
Chapel Hill suffered losses to Campbell on day two of the Turkey Classic. The girls fell in the opening game, 64-52, and the boys lost, 61-53.
In the girls game, the Lady Panthers took an early lead, going up 14-12 in the first period. They were down by two at the half. Chapel Hill was outscored 15-9 after the third period. Both teams put on an offensive performance in the final period, scoring 19 each.
Howard led the team with 17 points. She added 12 rebounds. Alex Weems, despite foul trouble, also had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
In the boys game, the Panthers trailed 18-11 in the first period and 30-18 at the half. They were down 43-35 in the third period. Chapel Hill managed to tie the game at 48 early in the fourth, but Campbell was able to close out with a run.
The difference of the game was free throws and second chance points. Campbell scored several points off offensive rebounds. Chapel Hill was 10-for-24 from the line and Campbell was 17-for-24.
Jacks and Balfour led the Panthers with 17 points each. Reece Anderson added 11 points.
Chapel Hill opened the Thanksgiving Tourney at Marietta with a split against the host school on Saturday. The girls fell in the opener, 75-40, while the boys won the second game, 61-56.
In the opener, the girls fell down early, 21-8. They were outscored 15-12 in the second period, 23-12 in the third period and 16-8 in the final period.
“We had several turnovers that killed us,” Long said. “We have to learn how to break presses and control the game better. We are really young.”
Long said the game went south when Alexia Wallace left the game with a knee injury. Weems, who led the team with 20 points, also left with an injury, but the coach expects both players back quickly. Weems had a solid all-around game, adding six rebounds.
In the boys game, the Panthers took a 9-5 lead in the first period and led 28-14 at the half. They were outscored 21-17 in the third period, which cut the lead to 45-35.
Balfour led Chapel Hill with 17 points. He was 9-for-11 from the free throw line. Logan Johnstone added 11 points.