RALEIGH — After tough Cap Eight 4A showdowns Monday night with Broughton, Millbrooks girls and boys found themselves back in the pressure cooker Tuesday and came away with a pair of huge basketball wins against Leesville Road.
After beating Broughton by a point in overtime Monday, the Millbrook girls followed with a slow start against the Pride. The Wildcats, however, dominated the third quarter and went on to a 47-20 win.
Millbrook coach Chris Easts girls fell behind 15-14 opening the second half Tuesday, but the Wildcats went on a 22-0 run to decide the outcome.
Monday was so tough, physically and emotionally, and it was good to see us come back in the second half tonight and get after Leesville, East said.
Kal Crutchfield led the winners with 12 points, followed by Dazia Powell (10). Kelly Funderburk scored seven to lead Leesville Road.
Millbrook and Broughton are tied for the conference lead with one loss each, and if they end that way, there will be a coin flip for the seedings in the state tournament.
Its really a shame the girls cant decide it on the court, East said.
Leesville Roads girls are 5-7 in the Cap Eight 4A and still have a shot at the conferences third and final playoff spot if they win their final two games, according to coach Hal Wertich.
Millbrook coach Scott McInnes was anxious to see how his boys team would bounce back from its first conference loss, which Broughton delivered Monday night. With his teams 86-56 win Tuesday against the Pride, the Wildcats have first place and a top seed in the state playoffs wrapped up.
We were much sharper tonight on defense, the guys were really dialed in, McInnes said. Chris Clemons was really good tonight and Rob Brown and Jake Wilson were both a presence inside.
Chris Clemons led Millbrook with 16 points and Brandon Goldsmith added 15. Brown scored 14 and Andrew Evans 10.
Leesville Roads boys are 7-5 in the conference and need one win from their final two games to claim the Cap Eight 4As third state playoff berth.
We played hard, Pride coach Russ Frazier said. Millbrook is really good.
Sanders Rohs led Leesville Road with 15 points, and Greyson Kelly scored 14. Brandon Staves added 10.
The crowd was stunned late in the first half when Millbrook senior Carlee Clemons went high for a pass near the goal and fell hard to the floor. There was a 25-minute delay until he was put on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. Carlee Clemons was conscious, moving and talking before he left the gym.