High Schools

More talent for Millbrook girls’ basketball team

July 16, 2013 

Millbrook won the 2012 and 2013 N.C. High School Athletic Association girls basketball 4A championships and had eight seniors earn athletic scholarships.

The Wildcats might be getting an infusion of talent with their freshman class this fall. They are expected to enroll two of the eight players on the Team Carolina club team that won the eighth-grade AAU Gold Super Showcase and the AAU Division I National Championship.

Kai Crutchfield (5-foot-8) and Dazia Powell (5-9), who are both ranked among the top 25 eighth-grade girls in the country by All Star Girls Report, are expected to join the Wildcats.

The other girls, including nationally No. 1-ranked Mikayla Boykin (5-9) of Clinton, are expected to be scattered among seven schools.

Tami Hicks (6-0) is expected to go to Enloe and Jaylin Powell (5-10) is expected to go to Rolesville. The other players are Jonisha McCoy (5-10, East Duplin), Sis Norman (5-10, Morganton Patton) and Tyra Cox (5-8, Virginia Episcopal).

All of the players will be ninth-graders this fall.

N.C. team takes title: A North Carolina team nipped an Indiana team 54-53 in overtime in the semifinals of the National Championship tournament and beat a Jacksonville (Fla.) club 78-72 in overtime for the title at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

The North Carolina team led by six with a minute left in the semifinals, but Indiana hit two three-pointers to send the game into overtime. Coach Todd Pope’s team fell behind by five in OT, but rallied when Powell made a steal and was fouled with 1.6 seconds left with her team trailing by one. Her two free throws were the game-winners.

In the AAU title game, the N.C. team trailed by three with 10 seconds left, but Boykin stole an inbounds pass and hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to put the game into overtime.

The North Carolina team rallied to win the Showcase with a 56-55 victory over the Southeast Alabama Southern Starz. Trailing by 11 with three minutes left, N.C. cut the lead to two with 30 seconds remaining. Following a steal and miss, McCoy hit a put-back and was fouled with two seconds left. She made the free throw for the victory.

The team won its age group in the North Carolina AAU championships in 2012 and claimed a top-10 national finish, according to Pope.

All-star games: The annual N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star games are scheduled for next week. The football game will move to a different venue this summer.

The boys’ and girls’ all-star basketball games are Monday at Greensboro Coliseum. The boys’ and girls’ all-star soccer games are at the same location on Tuesday. The football game is July 24 at High Point’s Simeon Stadium.

The all-star games are the showcase of the coaches’ convention, but the focus of the four-day event is coaching development. Helping coaches learn new strategies and techniques was the vision of clinic founder Bob Jamieson of Greensboro Grimsley.

New N.C. State football coach Dave Doeren and his staff will head up the football clinic. There also will be instruction in basketball, wrestling, baseball, track, soccer, lacrosse, cross country, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball and golf.

Baseball recruit: Graham Edwards, a recent Middle Creek graduate, recently signed with Elon to play baseball. He missed much of his senior season with a hamstring injury, but has been playing with the Garner American Legion team this summer.

South Carolina game: Southeast Raleigh will be making a long football road trip this fall. Coach Marvin Burke’s Bulldogs will play Columbia (S.C.) Dutch Fork High at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Burke said the program seized the opportunity because it wanted to represent the community and county in the game.

Southeast’s game will be one of four matching North Carolina and South Carolina teams during the weekend. Richmond County will play Myrtle Beach on Friday, Aug. 30. The Saturday games are Wilmington Hoggard vs. Irmo, 1 p.m.; Southeast vs. Dutch Fork, 4:30; and New Hanover vs. Conway, 8 p.m.

Tom Knotts, whose Charlotte Independence teams won six NCHSAA titles, coaches Dutch Fork, which reached the South Carolina title game in 2012.

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