RALEIGH — Millbrook is no stranger to playoff basketball, and both the schools boys and girls programs played like experienced teams Monday, handily winning opening round games in the state tournament.
They will each face Apex on Wednesday.
The reigning N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A champion Millbrook girls overpowered an Enloe team they faced twice before in Cap Eight play this year.
Millbrook coach Chris East said the 55-32 win wasnt as clean as he would have liked, but he was happy to advance as the team looks to defend its title.
Theres things where I know these kids can perform better, East said. I thought we ran our offense OK, but defensively were not close to where it needs to be.
Top-seeded Millbrook (28-0) pounded the ball inside and limited No. 16 Enloes looks around the paint from the beginning, jumping out to a 21-7 lead after one quarter.
Senior Briana Day led all scorers with a 17 points. She added five blocks on the defensive end.
Enloe coach Pina Baker-Hunt said she was proud of the way her team played against the defending champions.
We didnt have as many weapons as them or the height that they do, so we knew we needed to give up certain things and play within our bounds, Baker-Hunt said. We accepted that challenge, and I think we earned a little bit of respect today, because I think we competed.
Enloe (11-15), with just two seniors, faced a Millbrook team that is sending all eight of its seniors on to play collegiate basketball.
Sophomore Lydia Beckwith who spent part of the year on JV to gain more experience, was a spark for the young Eagles late in the year.
Beckwith led Enloe with 12 points Monday. Freshman Alexus Lewis added seven.
Millbrook will host No. 9-seed Apex (17-10) in the girls second round.
Millbrook boys top N. Durham
Millbrooks boys team, a No. 6 seed, used a 21-8 run midway through the first quarter to jump out ahead of No. 11 Northern Durham and never trail again on its way to a 75-63 win.
Sophomore Chris Clemons got things started for Millbrook (17-10), hitting three 3-pointers in the run. He finished with 13 points, topped only by Carlee Clemons 20 points for the Wildcats.
We opened up the game with three turnovers, and then we really got it clicking early on, said Millbrook coach Scott McInnes. (Northern junior) Ricky Council is so good. We wanted to try to keep the ball out of his hands, and we did a good job early on.
Council finished with 20 points for Northern (13-10) and Marcellus Allison added 17, but the Knights couldnt close the gap.
Millbrook will travel to No. 3 Apex (19-9) Wednesday.