Outlaw, Person watch Hornets go cold
Tyrone Outlaw Jr. dominated for Roxboro Person on Friday night, but it was Hillside’s cold outside shooting in the fourth quarter that resulted in a 78-70 road win by the Rockets.
Person (13-8, 7-2 PAC-6) tied Hillside (12-5, 4-2) in the loss column and maintained sole possession of second place in the PAC-6 standings behind league leader Jordan.
But the real news was the Hillside girls’ team posting a lopsided 117-16 win in the opener of the doubleheader.
The score was made possible by Person coach Carlton Ray Reaves’ decision to “keep playing” when Hillside coach Ovester Grays made it clear he was willing to slow it down and kill the clock.
The Rockets (3-18, 0-9) were shorthanded, playing without starting point guard Jasmine McCain and starting forward Christina Harris, the PAC-6 second-leading rebounder.
“We were playing only two girls with (real) varsity experience,” Reaves said. “We were using a lineup of four freshmen and a sophomore at times. I wanted them to go through it, to see some heart and determination and they did that. We’re not going to go through that (101-point loss) again.”
The Hornets (16-2, 6-0) kept up the pressure on defense, forcing 50 turnovers in the 36-minute game while all 12 players scored.
The nightcap was anything but a pseudo practice.
Hillside, which had been off since Jan. 22 because of snow and a scheduled bye on Tuesday night, came out red hot from the floor and led throughout much of a close game including 59-53 with six minutes to go.
But Person, which beat Northern on Wednesday, stayed in it behind the all-around game of Outlaw (game highs of 29 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists) and a packed in zone defense that dared Hillside to maintain its early torrid shooting pace.
The dare paid off, as the Hornets failed to follow Coach Crasten Davis’ directive to show patience and work the ball inside for layups or fouls. They Hornets kept shooting mid- to long-range jump shots that suddenly refused to fall.
Davis later cited Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, an acknowledged master of the zone defense.
“Boeheim says he likes it when teams start out hot against his zone,” Davis said. “He calls it ‘fool’s gold.’ That’s what it was. The kids were making the shots earlier, how could I tell them to stop taking them. It was fool’s gold.”
Person’s zone also allowed the Rockets to dominate the Hornets 43-24 on the boards.
With no second shots and too many misses, Hillside finally fell behind 64-63 with 3:34 left on a pair of Jeffery Hornlett free throws, the first two of 16 attempts from the line Person was to get in the final minutes. The Rockets knocked down all but five to seal the win.
The Hornets did get one fleeting chance to get back in it with 1:17 to play.
Hillside’s DeShon Self (19 points) stole an in-bounds pass from Logan Coats and converted a layup to cut the lead to 69-65. But Self was called for a technical foul after the bucket.
Outlaw hit both ensuing foul shots and, with Person keeping possession, added a layup off a nifty JaShawn King pass for a 73-65 edge.
“When they were up (six) we were fortunate they kept playing basketball,” Person coach Charles Dacus said. “The zone is something we just put in yesterday. We were trying to slow the game down a bit — even if the scores didn’t reflect that. ... I liked our defensive effort and in the end we knocked down some big shots.”
Person 78, Hillside 70
PERSON — JaShawn King 5, Marquis Torain 4, Derrick Bass 5, Jeffery Hornlett 4, Logan Coats 9, Jerry Smith 8, Tyrone Outlaw Jr. 29, Devin Scoggins 13.
HILLSIDE — D’Ontray Johnson 7, Robert “R.J.” Robinson Jr. 12, Malik Evans 10, Ty’Quon Reid 8, Trevion Thompson 4, Marius McAllister 6, De’Shon Self 19, Marcus Bowling 2, Korrin Wiggins 2.
Person 20 16 14 28—78
Hillside 23 9 21 17—70
3-point FG—Person 2 (Outlaw, Coats), Hillside 7 (Self 3, Robinson 2, Reid, Thompson). Rebounds—Person 43 (Outlaw 14), Hillside 24 (McAllister 6). Blocked shots—Person 6 (Outlaw 2, Hornlett 2), Hillside 5 (McAllister 2). Assists—Person 16 (Outlaw 7), Hillside 14 (Self 4). Steals—Person 7 (Outlaw 3), Hillside 9 (McAllister 2, Self 2, Robinson 2). Turnovers—Person 24 (Outlaw 5), Hillside 15 (Evans 3).
Records—Person 13-8, 7-2 PAC-6; Hillside 12-5, 4-2.
Hillside 117, Person 16
PERSON — Jada McGhee 5, Brianna McLamb 2, Tiana Hatchett 5, Janeesha Graves 2, Tashyra Drumwright 1, Jacquetta Graves 1.
HILLSIDE — Moriah Bizzell 2, Quneisha Graham 2, Tykyrah Williams 13, Mylea McKenith 23, Sydney Brown 11, Justine Lyons 12, Mya Webb 14, Teri Crews 3, Jordyn Smith 12, Khara Herring 10, Kirsten Smith 8, Daesha Marshall 6.
Person 3 3 1 9—16
Hillside 31 23 34 29—117
3-point FG—Person 1 (McLamb), Hillside 3 (Williams, Webb, Herring). Rebounds—Person 32 (Jessica Lassiter 5, McLamb 5), Hillside 49 (K. Smith 11). Blocked shots—Person 1 (Lassiter), Hillside 4 (Lyons, K. Smith, Bizzell, Marshall). Assists—Person 2 (Hannah Riley 2), Hillside 23 (McKennith 6, Lyons 5, Williams 5). Steals—Person 1 (Lassiter), Hillside 34 (Williams 7). Turnovers—Person 50 (Graves 7, McLamb 7, Riley 7), Hillside 9 (Williams 2, Brown 2.
Records—Person 3-18, 0-9 PAC-6; Hillside 16-2, 6-0.