RALEIGH — The Millbrook girls’ basketball team remained undefeated Tuesday, using a 16-4 first quarter start to coast to a 59-48 win over Northern Durham.
Northern was able to stick with the Wildcats for the first few minutes, forcing Millbrook to move the ball in search of a good shot, but was eventually overwhelmed when Millbrook’s defense gave up very little on the other end, limiting the Knights’ shots.
Senior Mykia Jones scored six of her team-high 16 points in the first quarter to get Millbrook (5-0) going as the Wildcats scored from inside and out with a balanced offensive attack.
The Knights eventually found their rhythm, but couldn’t overcome the 12-point deficit.
Northern (3-1) outscored Millbrook in the third quarter and stuck with the defending state champions for the final three periods, but the Knights’ first quarter slump was too much for the young team to overcome.
“They have eight seniors, so I think that was the big difference here,” said Northern coach Pamela Adams. “The kids kind of settled down and I think they realized they could play with them, and we did that, but I think that first quarter did it for us.”
The Knights were led by freshman Rhianna Council, who scored half of her team’s total points for a game-high 24. Council got Northern going in the second quarter, scoring all of the Knights’ points for the first six minutes of the period.
“I think she really grew up tonight and started playing like she’s capable of playing,” Adams said.
The Wildcats picked up seven fouls in the third quarter, putting them in the bonus throughout much of the second half. The Knights, who didn’t pick up a second-half foul until 1:20 left in the game, used free throws to cut their deficit to nine points.
Millbrook wouldn’t let it get any closer, holding off Northern for the win.
Wildcats coach Chris East said despite its undefeated record, his team is still working to get on the same page.
“I think we’ve been hearing how good we are for a long time, and when you hear that over and over you start to believe it, but we’re not there yet,” he said.
Katelyn Mitchell and Jaylaan Dillard added 10 and nine points, respectively, for the Wildcats. Mohargany Jones scored nine for Northern.