PAC-6 GIRLS: Hillside wins 8th straight tournament title
Hillside’s domination of the PAC-6 continued as the Hornets wrapped up their eighth straight PAC-6 4-A Tournament girls’ basketball championship with a 64-49 win over Jordan Friday at Roxboro Person High School
“We always happy for the kids when they set goals like this for themselves and they reach them,” said Hillside coach Ovester Grays, who was named PAC-6 girls’ coach of the year. “It’s exciting when they see the hard work they put in help them reach the goals they set for themselves.”
Tykyrah Williams led with Hillside with 24 points and Justine Lyon added 22.
“It’s a great feeling because we were ready to play,” Williams said. “We worked together and we got the win. There wasn’t any pressure.”
Jordan entered the game having won 12 of its last 14 games. The only two losses during that stretch were to Hillside and now there is a third loss to the Hornets.
“Winning this tournament goes back to the goals we set before the beginning of the season,” Lyon said. “We worked hard all year to get these wins.”
Hillside jumped out to a quick 10-point lead in the first quarter, going up 17-7. But Jordan fought back to tighten the score by halftime. Hillside managed only to lead 24-19 at the break.
Jordan did cut Hillside’s advantage to 38-32 late in the third quarter. But the Hornets closed the final minute on a 6-0 run that gave them a 44-32 cushion going into the final period.
Grays said he liked the way his team fought through the runs Jordan made during the game.
“We played with a little anxiousness and weren’t quite ourselves for a little stretch,” Grays said. “And (Jordan) played well during that stretch. We switched some things up and that helped us get on a little run. And that was the big difference in the game.”
Hillside also got some good long-range shooting in the game with five players making a 3-pointer. Jordan had a pair of 3-pointers.
Jordan (15-9) was led by Salita Greene, who scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while freshman center Lizz Layne added 12.
Hillside, which also swept Jordan during the regular season, will enter the 4-A state playoffs on a 12-game winning streak. The Hornets’ last loss came on Jan. 10 at Riverside when the fell 49-47.
NOTES — Jordan, Hillside and third-place regular-season finisher Riverside will learn their playoff destinations and opponents today when the brackets are released.
No. 1 HILLSIDE 64, No. 2 JORDAN 49
Jordan 7 12 13 17—49
Hillside 17 7 20 20—64
JORDAN — Jazmyne Norwood 1, Millicent Blivin 6, Melony Corbett 3, Rachel Ruderman 7, Lizz Layne 12, Salita Greene 20.
HILLSIDE — Kelbi Lewis 11, Tykyrah Williams 24, Elisi Grissett 2, Justine Lyon 22, Zuri White 5.
3-Point goals—Jordan 2 (Blivin, Ruderman). Hillside 5 (Lewis, Williams, Grissett, Lyon, White). Rebounds—Jordan 31 (Greene 14), Hillside 34 (White 10). Assists—Jordan 7 (Rochelle 3), Hillside 6 (Lyon 2, White 2).
Records—Jordan 15-9, Hillside 20-5.