Chapel Hill opened the 2014 Carrollton Christmas Tournament on Friday. The girls opened the tourney at the University of West Georgia with a 63-37 loss to Mill Creek. The boys lost, 67-45
The Lady Lions played a tough first half, trailing 13-11 after the first quarter and 29-23 at the break.
“It was a tale of two halves,” said CHHS coach Scott Long. “Mill Creek is a powerhouse in their division and I am pleased with how the girls set the tempo in the first half. We led by one at one point in the first half.”
Mill Creek pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Chapel Hill, 17-4.
“The third period was just crazy,” Long said. “We missed a ton of free throws and layups, and I mean right under the basket, wide open shots. We ended up shooting only 14-percent from the free throw line. They didn't miss and we couldn't hit.”
Alex Weems led the Lady Panthers in scoring with 14 points. She added seven rebounds. Shekinah Howard followed with seven points and seven rebounds.
“I am pleased with how the young team matured through the game and the girls are starting to understand the game more,” Long said. “We are learning from the mistakes and the losses. I’m not happy with the loss, I am happy with what the players were saying and how they can get better.”
In the boys game, Chapel Hill trailed 13-10 after the first quarter and 34-24 at the half. They were down 53-33 at the end of the third.
Efe Balfour scored 10 points, leading the Panthers. Jordan Gaines and Jarrett Jenkins scored nine each.
On day two of the tourney, both the Chapel Hill girls and boys played Newnan at West Georgia. The girls picked up their first win of the tourney, beating Newnan, 51-37. The boys lost, 54-52 in overtime.
The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 14-1 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Newnan made a comeback in the second quarter, outscoring Chapel Hill, 13-8. The Lady Panthers won the second half, outscoring Newnan, 16-11 and 13-12.
“It has been a weird back and forth in the tourney and the first half was another one of those moments,” Long said. “But on the positive side, we shot a lot better. We hit 49-percent of our free throws which is a lot better than 14-percent.”
Howard led the offense with 20 points. She added seven rebounds.
“She took advantage of what the defense gave her and we did a lot of different things with her match-ups,” Long said. “She played well on the outside and the inside.”
Weems scored eight points, but fouled out late in the fourth quarter. Alexia Wallace scored eight points, had seven boards, four steals, and two assists.
“It is always good to get a win, and even better when you feel like you have grown a little bit,” Long said. “We were able to bounce back from a poor shooting night, we just need to find a way to be consistent.”
In the boys game, Chapel Hill led 15-8 after the first quarter and 25-22 at the half. They were down 38-37 at the end of the third quarter. The game was tied at 45 at the end of regulation.
Jenkins led the team with 18 points. Dallas Jacks followed with 15.
“Both games played out similarly. We did not get off the bus either day,” said CHHS coach Lee Wilson. “We played like a team ready for a break.”