RALEIGH — The Millbrook boys and girls teams are headed to Fayetteville next week to play in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A basketball regionals after winning Friday night.
Both the boys and the girls played for the state title in 2011.
Millbrook’s girls held Wilmington Ashley (17-12) scoreless for the first seven minutes of the second half Friday. The Wildcats trailed at the half, but used a 15-0 run to take control of the game and hold on for a 53-48 win in the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A East playoffs.
The win puts the two-time defending state champion Wildcats back in the East regional. Millbrook (24-3) plays Durham Hillside (23-5) Thursday at Fayetteville’s Crown Coliseum. Southeast Raleigh will play Durham Riverside in the over quarterfinal game.
“We were playing kind of soft in the first half and Ashley was the aggressor, we got up by 10 or 12 and we just need to be smarter with the ball. ... We play like freshmen sometimes, but then we play like state champions sometimes,” Millbrook coach Chris East said.
Freshman Dazia Powell led the Wildcats with 19 points. Kai Crutchfield, also a freshman, added 14 points.
Millbrook boys hold off Seventy-First
Millbrook (24-4) dominated the first half against Fayetteville Seventy-First (24-5), but saw a 20-point first half lead dwindle to three points midway through the third quarter.
“It was good that we got that run, because we need it,” Millbrook boys coach Scott McInnes said. “What a great comeback by Seventy-First ... and that’s what concerned us coming in, was their pressure.”
The Wildcats recovered to push the lead back to double digits midway through the final period to take an 83-61 win.
Junior Robert Brown was a steadying force in the post on both ends of the court. He led all scorers with 28 points.
“We knew they weren’t going to quit, so we just stuck to the game plan and got it done,” Brown said.
Sophomore Chris Clemons added 16 points for the Wildcats.
Millbrook boys will face Panther Creek (22-5) Friday in Fayetteville. Apex plays Clayton in the other sectional semifinal