Hornets make senior night sting for East Chapel Hill
East Chapel Hill found out Tuesday night just how strong the state of Hillside’s union is.
The Hornets continued building toward the PAC-6 Tournament and beyond, blitzing the Wildcats with a full-court game that saw Hillside shoot 60 percent from the floor, force 20 turnovers and put 13 names in the scorebook in a 79-62 road victory.
The way the Hornets (16-6, 8-3 PAC-6) play pressure defense and create scoring opportunities, they will be a dangerous team in the postseason.
“That’s one of the things we talk about amongst ourselves: ‘We’re a dangerous team,’” Hilllside coach Crasten Davis said. “When teams come out and scout us, you may see one Hillside team, and then you may see another. We don’t have one dominant guy. That’s what makes us a team, that’s what makes us a family.”
The family was extended against ECH (9-14, 0-11), as 13 players scored. Only Robert Robinson Jr. (14 points) and Ty’Quon Reid (13) scored in double-figures, but the Hornets still made 30 of 50 shots from the floor.
“They just come at you in waves,” Wildcats coach Ray Hartsfield said. “They can run 94 feet for 32 minutes because they’re so deep. They spread the ball around, they share the ball, they trust each other. That’s impressive.
“They are (dangerous), the way they can defend and create havoc. They can run so many groups of teams at you, so many different combinations. And then they’re going to pressure you for 32 minutes. If you don’t handle the pressure, you’re going to have a problem. … They’ve got really nice pieces.”
Those pieces fit together well, especially in the second quarter. Hillside scored on its final three possessions of the first quarter, then scored on its first six of the second. The Hornets only miss in the second was a 3-pointer, as they pumped in 12 of 13 shots to roll to a 40-19 lead.
Defense was the key, creating seven turnovers in the second quarter that led to several fast-break layups and dunks.
“We got a lot of turnovers and were able to get layups, so hopefully we won’t miss a whole lot of layups,” Davis said of the second-quarter blitz. “The goal was to move the ball, play defense and get out in transition. That’s our game.”
Hillide’s dominance ruined Senior Night for East Chapel Hill, which honored seniors from the boys and girls teams, as well as managers and cheerleaders.
“They’re having a tough season, but they go out there every night with their heads held high,” Hartsfield said. “Justen Best, Lewis Levin, Jake Hilkey and Jaison Jones, they played hard, and they gave me everything they’ve got.
“I told the guys, ‘Sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you, but you just keep competing.’ They do that, and I’m really proud of them.”
Hillside 79, ECH 62
HILLSIDE — Robert Robinson Jr. 14, Ty’Quon Reid 13, Korrin Wiggins 9, Reggie Young 7, Timothy Mangum 7, De’Shon Self 6, Trevion Thompson 6, Malik Evans 4, Marcus Bowling 4, Jarrod France 4, D’Ontray Johnson 2, Emanuel McGirt Jr., 2, Isaiah Dickens 1.
EAST CHAPEL HILL — Jake Hilkey 17, Justen Best 16, Arkavius Parks 11, Dylan Farrow 5, Malik McCray 4, Jaison Jones 4, Louis Levin 3, Quincy McDuffie 2.
East Chapel Hill|9|10|11|32—62
3-point FG—Hillside 3 (Robinson 2, Reid 1), ECH 8 (Parks 3, Best 3, Levin 1, Farrow 1). Total fouls—Hillside 17, East Chapel Hill 15.
Records—Hillside 16-6, 8-3 PAC-6; East Chapel Hill 9-14, 0-11.
Hillside 52 (G), East Chapel Hill 38
Rhonda Bullock got her first win as interim head coach, as Hillside ran past East Chapel Hill 52-38.
With Ovester Grays serving the second of a two-game suspension for being ejected from a game last week, Bullock was moved up to the head role. Hillside lost Friday night, but the Hornets (19-4, 9-2 PAC-6) dominated on the road at ECH.
Justine Lyons led Hillside with 13 points, with Daesha Marshall chipping in 10. Al Cyr-Scully scored a game-high 16 for the Wildcats (5-16, 1-10), with Sarah Towne adding 11.
HILLSIDE — Justine Lyons 13, Daesha Marshall 10, Mylea McKennith 6, Khara Herring 6, Mya Webb 5, Jordyn Smith 5, Kirsten Smith 5, Tykyrah Williams 2.
EAST CHAPEL HILL — Ali Cyr-Scully 16, Sarah Towne 11, Riley Foster 8, Adrienne Davis 2, Jazmine Dye 1.
East Chapel Hill|7|6|9|16—38
3-point goals — Hillside 1 (Lyons 1), East Chapel Hill 2 (Towne 2). Total fouls — Hillside 17, East Chapel Hill 18.
Records — Hillside 19-4, 9-2 PAC-6 4-A; East Chapel Hill 5-16, 1-10.