Broughton threw its best punch early … and late. However, each time Millbrook took the hit on the chin, regrouped in the corner and responded like a champion would.
The defending Cap-8 champs used a couple of runs to regain control of the game in the beginning, and got enough stops in the end to hold off Broughton, 60-56.
Millbrook led by double-digits late in the second half, only to watch the Caps cut it to single digits on several occasions, pulling to within three with 1:54 remaining after a triple from Broughton guard Aaron Gottfried. The Caps had two more chances to tie the game with under one minute remaining, but Will Baldwin missed two three-pointers on separate possessions.
Millbrook forward Faison Brock hit one free throw to ice the game, capping off a wild fourth quarter and allowing the Wildcats to remain perfect on the season. Millbrook led by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter, but the Caps would not go away, chipping away at the deficit. Jalen Finch cut it to single digits with a three-pointer with 2:55 remaining and Broughton outscored Millbrook 7-1 the rest of the way. If it weren’t for a couple of big runs by the Wildcats in the first half, the outcome would have been a lot different.
“Broughton is a good team, so we can’t let them hang around, so we had to give 100 perfect,” Brock said. “This game was important to our seniors coming off the two losses last year. We really came in with an edge.”
Broughton started the game on fire, going up 11-1 on their league rivals. However, Broughton countered with a 10-0 run to tie the game, and a 31-9 run that bridged the first and second quarters to get a nice, comfortable advantage. Jordan Whitfield caught fire in the first half, scoring 14 points, including a season-high four three-pointers. But Whitfield was held scoreless in the second half as the Caps battled back in the game. With Whitfield not scoring, Brock took over, getting consecutive baskets in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 16 before Broughton went on its final run.
Brock led all scorers with 20 points and 11 rebounds. John Burwell added 12 for Millbrook. Jack Hemphill led Broughton with 13, while Finch added 10 off the bench.
MILLBROOK GIRLS CRUISE
Millbrook had four girls score in double figures and never trailed Broughton, en route to a 70-39 Cap-8 victory.
The Wildcats (8-0, 3-0) were led by junior guard Kai Crutchfield with 18 points. Dazia Powell (13), Jaleesa Dillard (10) and Andreal Bass (10) also topped double figures.
Millbrook went on a 13-2 run in the first quarter to get separation and were in complete control, 18-7, as the second quarter started.
Crutchfield then went on a personal run, scoring seven of nine, plus one block, to push the Wildcats lead to 21 at the midway point of the second quarter. Crutchfield had nearly as many points at halftime (14) as Broughton (17).
The two teams traded baskets to start the third, but the Caps couldn’t afford to go back and forth with the Wildcats trailing by double-digits. Brittney Smith came alive for Broughton in the third, scoring six points, but her effort wasn’t enough as Millbrooks lead ballooned to 26 heading into the fourth.
Smith led Broughton with 15, while Katie Wadsworth added 10.