Patrick Obley Staff writer @fo_pmo

Terry Sanford scored at will during the first half of Thursday’s semifinal of the Cumberland County Holiday Classic at Jack Britt.

The host Buccaneers barely scored at all.

With the lane smothered by the No. 2 seed Bulldogs’ 2-3 zone, No. 3 seed Jack Britt never found traction. As a result, Terry Sanford raced to a 70-32 victory and a trip to the CCHC championship game against Westover on Friday at Fayetteville State.

“They did some things differently than the first time we played them,” Jack Britt coach Ike Walker Jr. said, referring to the team’s Dec. 1 meeting in which the Bucs won, 55-43. “The primary thing was the defense. We knew that was coming and we came in here today and worked on it, I thought. But we did not do a good job against that.”

The zone has been a revelation for the Bulldogs. Coach Darren Corbett was searching for a defensive spark after the Bulldogs dropped consecutive games to Jack Britt and Overhills. During the second half of the Bulldogs’ next game at Gray’s Creek, Corbett tried out the 2-3 zone and liked what he saw.

The Bulldogs haven’t lost since and their roll to Friday’s title game included a romp last week against Westover.

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