Midtown: Sports

Wildcats stick with team play

Millbrook’s girls continue to turn to the same ingredients that have carried them to two state championship games, earned a state championship trophy, and have this season’s Wildcats basketball team ranked No. 1 in the state.

Friday night, the senior-dominated team climbed to 3-0 in the Cap Eight with a 50-40 win over Sanderson.

On a team with eight players heading to college basketball teams next year, coach Chris East’s players still fill roles, pass the ball unselfishly and do the things that have brought them so many wins.

“When we move the ball on offensive sets and motions and swing the ball against zones and get our best looks, and ask our kids to buy-in and be unselfish like tonight, that’s when we play well,” East said. “It’s something we work on every day, it doesn’t matter who scores, it matters that we score.”

Brianna Hinton and Alex Tomlinson did a lot of the passing early as Millbrook jumped ahead 9-0 with strong inside play from Ryan Flowers and outside shooting by Mykia Jones, who hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter. Jones ended the game with 18 points and Flowers scored eight.

“Little Bri is playing well,” East said. “She had a great floor game tonight and ended up with eight points. Alex had a quiet seven. She played well and passed the ball well. When she does that we’re hard to beat.”

Sanderson refused to fold to Millbrook’s reputation, size, talent and experience. Senior Derricka Lewis, who East called “one of the best players in the state,” led the Spartans with 17 points and sophomore Bria Gibson added 14.

“We had a slow start but I’m very proud of how we hung in there and the effort we gave,” Sanderson coach Glenn Frazier said. “Getting down like we did, we could have been out of it early. Millbrook doesn’t make many mistakes and they’re tough on the boards. It’s a heck of a team.”