Hillside pulls away from Person in key PAC-6 showdown
Malik Evans scored 21 and De'Shon Self added 17 as Hillside won its second straight PAC-6 road game in convincing fashion at Person on Friday night.
Hillside’s 79-43 victory was in sharp contrast to the three games the teams played a year ago. Person swept the regular-season matchups with late-game heroics, but Hillside won in the conference tournament in another tight game.
It appeared this game was heading in that direction again. But it only lasted for the first half, as Person fought back from down 14-8 after the first quarter to trail 25-22 at the break. Hillside’s full-court pressure defense then took over, and the Hornets repeatedly created easy baskets from Person turnovers.
The numerous turnovers frustrated Person (8-5, 2-1 PAC-6), and the Rockets committed enough fouls to send Hillside to the free throw line 42 times, where the Hornets made 28. Self led the way at the line for the Hornets, going 10-of-11 in the game.
Person coach Charles Dacus said his team, which now has lost its last three games, has to find a new source of energy and the ability to solve pressure defenses.
“We were lucky to be down three at halftime,” Dacus said. “We didn’t play well at all in the first half, and we played even worse in the second half. That’s why the score was what it was. We are in a funk right now. We’ve got to find a way to play with some energy.”
Hillside coach Crasten Davis said he was happy that his team earned its first two conference wins on the road.
“It feels good because I honestly think this is our best game to date,” Davis said. “We were able to get turnovers, and that let us attack the basket. They made a run right before halftime, but we made some adjustments and the kids executed like they were supposed to in the second half.”
Tyrone Outlaw led Person with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He scored 12 in the second quarter when the Rockets made their run. But from there, no other player made it to double figures for Person.
After Jerry Smith scored Person’s first basket of the third quarter to get within a point at 25-24, the Rockets managed only seven more field goals the rest of the way.
The Hornets turned up the pressure and it resulted in a 12-6 run to open a nine-point advantage early in the third quarter. The closest Person got the rest of the way was at 37-33 on a three-point play by Outlaw. Hillside finished the third quarter with a 10-0 run to build a 14-point lead.
From there, Hillside (11-3, 2-0) continued to build its lead even as Davis went to his bench in the final eight minutes.
In the girls’ game, Hillside overwhelmed Person 90-23 as Mylea McKenith scored a season-high 24 points. The Hornets (12-2, 2-0) never were challenged after shutting out Person in the first quarter and building a 23-0 lead.
Hillside (G) 90, Person 23
HILLSIDE — Quineisha Graham 2, Tykyrah Williams 6, Mylea McKenith 24, Sydney Brown 5, Justine Lyons 19, Mya Webb 5, Jordyn Smith 17, Khara Smith 2, Kirsten Smith 8, Daesha Marshall 2.
PERSON — Cyanna Lester 3, Briana McLamb 3, Hannah Riley 3, Christina Harris 4, Joneesno Graves 3, Marissa Hungate 2, Autumn Smith 1, Jessica Lassiter 2, Tiana Hatchet 2.
3-Point goals—Hillside 2 (Williams, McKenith). Person 4 (Lester, McLamb, Graves, Riley).
Records—Hillside 12-2, 2-0 PAC-6.
Hillside (B) 79, Person 43
HILLSIDE — D’Ontray Johnson 6, Robert Robinson Jr. 12, Malik Evans 21, TyQuon Reid 2, Marius McAllister 7, De'Shon Self 17, Timothy Mangum 4, Marcus Bowling 2, Korrin Wiggins 5, Emanuel McGirt 3.
PERSON — Rashi Richmond 3, Marquis Torain 9, Jeff Hamette 2, Leron Cash 1, Jerry Smith 4, Tyrone Outlaw 21, Logan Coats 2.
3-Point goals—Hillside 2 (Robinson, Evans). Person 2 (Richmond, Torain). Rebounds—Hillside 26 (McAllister 6), Person 31 (Outlaw 10). Assists—Hillside 7 (Johnson 3), Person 12 (Torain 3).
Records—Hillside 11-3, 2-0 PAC-6; Person 8-5, 2-1.