The Millbrook girls sprinted away from Wilmington Ashley to win the Leon Brogden Holiday Invitational at UNC-Wilmington’s Trask Coliseum on Saturday, 59-38.
The Wildcats, who won N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A titles in 2012 and 2013, graduated eight future college players last spring, but have reloaded.
Kai Crutchfield was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
Williams keeps record: Former University of North Carolina basketball star Donald Williams has held the individual scoring record in the Holiday Invitational since scoring 115 points as a senior at Garner in 1990.
The Trojans lost to a Travis Best-led Springfield, Mass., team in the first round that year, but Williams went on to pass Rodney Monroe of Hagerstown (Md.) Goretti (103 points in 1986) for the scoring record.
Devin Booker, a Kentucky recruit from Moss Point (Miss.) High, needed 35 points to tie Williams’ record in the 42-year-old tournament. Williams, now a Garner High assistant to his old coach Eddie Gray, watched as Booker scored 31 in a 59-54 Garner win for seventh in the Shavlik Randolph bracket.
Later in the day, Homeschool Christian Youth Association’s Justin Jackson scored 33 points in a 79-70 victory over Wilbraham and Monson School of Wilbraham, Mass., in the Summitt Hospitality third-place game. Jackson, a UNC recruit, tied Booker with 111 points in three games.
Apex falls: Apex ran out of steam early in a 74-42 loss to Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler in the third place game in the Holiday Invitational Randolph bracket.
Apex carried Orlando (Fla.) Lake Highland into overtime in the semifinals, but was overwhelmed by Wheeler.
Mustangs rain three-pointers: Middle Creek made a Holiday Invitational record 13 three-pointers in a 78-48 win against Columbia (S.C.) Hammond in the seventh place game of the Summitt Hospitality bracket. Justin Tankelewicz had five three-pointers.
Caps win: The Broughton boys beat Clayton 67-61 in the Holiday Invitational for fifth place in the Randolph bracket. Clayton Gary Clark, a Cincinnati recruit, had 34 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Warriors top Sanderson: Word of God bounced back from a tournament-opening loss to Homeschool Christian Youth Association to finish fifth in the Summitt bracket with a 73-43 win over Sanderson.
DA wins title: Durham Academy defeated Leesville Road 50-35 to win the Vision Sporting Goods girls tournament at Cary Christian.
The Southern Durham girls got 17 points each from Addis Lemons and Alexis Joyner in a 65-48 win against North Raleigh Christian in the third place game.
Cary Christian beat Fayetteville Christian 52-37 for fifth and South Granville took seventh with a 40-36 win against Raleigh Charter.
In the boys’ tournament, Norfolk Academy beat Fayetteville Christian 56-53 to win the title. Cary Christian was third with a 56-50 win over Voyager as Caleb Ellis scored 21 points. Cary Academy beat the Raleigh Hawks 83-80 in overtime for fifth and North Raleigh Christian topped the South Wake Sabres 72-52 for seventh.
Ravens beat Garinger: Cailin Dorsey scored 20 points and Madison Taylor added 14 in the Ravenscroft girls’ 61-42 victory against Charlotte Garinger.
Potts leads East Wake: East Wake defeated Rocky Mount 62-57 as Nahjuwan Potts scored 23 points at Corinth Holders.