RALEIGH — It took a while, but Broughton’s girls picked up the intensity level in time to pull away from Northern Durham in the second half for a 57-33 win in the first round of the N.C. 4A high school basketball playoffs.
The Caps (22-5) will face either Southern Durham or Richmond County in the second round.
The Broughton boys beat Enloe 80-66 to advance to a second round home game against Cap Eight rival Leesville Road on Wednesday night.
Northern Durham (13-10) gave Broughton coach Brad McCorkle’s team all it wanted in the first half, trailing 28-24 at halftime.
“Early in the game we had trouble with their inside game, with their bigs,” McCorkle said; “We’re not a big team and we have to defend well, rebound and run when we can. A lot of that starts with intensity and I thought we just didn’t have that in the first half.”
The second half was completely different, though,
Senior Nicole Bellamy, the Caps’ post player, battled the taller Knights throughout and ended the game with 12 points. Sophomore Kaila Ealey, who is a one-girl fastbreak when she grabs the rebound, got the running game going and the defense held Northern Durham to six points in the third quarter and three in the fourth. Broughton outscored Northern 29-9 in the second half.
“The intensity was the difference,” McCorkle said. “They all rebounded and played better defense in the second half. Kaila and her sister, Nadine Ealey, handle the ball on our running game and Justice Byrd came off the bench and had a really good game for us.”
Byrd scored 10 in the fourth quarter and ended the game with 17 points. Nadine Ealey scored 12. For Northern Durham, Zuri White scored 12 and Rhianna Council added 10.
Broughton’s Devonte Graham poured in 17 first-quarter points and five points in the second period of the Caps built a 39-33 halftime lead.
"This isn't a real emotional group, eight seniors, kind of low-key, so you never really know exactly how they're going to get out of the gate, but it didn't take long to see that tonight,” Broughton assistant Bill White, who filled in for a sick Jeff Ferrell. “They played well."
Enloe stayed within striking range the first three quarters, but the Caps stretched their lead from 10 points, 56-46, entering the final period.
Enloe junior Pervis Louder did what he could to keep his team in the game, actually outscoring Graham 23-22 in the first half. Louder finished with 30 to Graham's 34.
James Hemphill added 15 for Broughton and Cameron Gottfried notched 10.
"Devonte came out hot and we tried to keep the ball out of his hands, but he just made big plays," said Enloe coach Tommy Moore, a 1981 Enloe graduate. He has coached at Enloe the last 16 seasons but is moving on to new Rolesville High School next year.
Dominique Lee scored 16 for the Eagles.
"Devonte was kind of in a zone and when he gets like that you've just kind of got to let him go," White said. "The other players look up to him and feed off him, he's such a leader. And Cameron Gottfried had to handle the ball a lot because they were really over-playing Devonte. Cameron did really well against a tough defensive team under fire."