Hillside upsets No. 1 Millbrook, advances to 4-A Final Four

Mar. 07, 2014 @ 12:03 AM

No. 5 Hillside got double-doubles from Zuri White and Justine Lyon in a 70-55 win over No. 1 Millbrook in the 4-A Eastern Regional semifinals at the Crown Coliseum Thursday night.

“Rankings don’t really matter,” White said. “They didn’t expect a lot from us because of previous games in the Christmas tournament. I feel like we’re a whole new different team, so I don’t think rankings matter. Playing the top, No. 1 seed didn’t really faze us.”

Next up for Hillside is No. 2 Southeast Raleigh at 4 p.m. Saturday at Crown Coliseum. The winner of that game will play for the state championship on March 15 at N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum.

White generated a game-high 27 points and had 10 rebounds against Millbrook.

Lyon scored 18 points and snatched a game-high 12 rebounds.

Both teams had 23 turnovers, but Hillside scored 22 points off Millbrook’s gaffes, 10 more than the Wildcats could manage off Hillside miscues.

“That’s big. That’s almost the margin,” Hillside coach Ovester Grays said. “We tend to look for 40 percent of our offense from our run-outs and transition baskets when we get turnovers. So I think that’s an indication that we got a lot more transition baskets there in that second half, where they didn’t.”

Lyon said she had some pre-game jitters that didn’t have anything to do with playing the top team in playoffs. She said her butterflies came from still being alive so far into the postseason.

The Wildcats ran out of lives.

“These are a lot more fun when you win,” Millbrook coach Chris East said. “We kind of hurt ourselves a little bit. We didn’t do a very good job defensively rebounding the ball. We got a little impatient on our offense.”

Grays said Hillside’s defense wasn’t so great in the first half, but the Hornets threw some traps on the Wildcats in the second half and got better results.

Toward the end of the game, Millbrook tried to help its cause by going into foul mode. It wasn’t a bad idea, because Hillside missed a lot of free throws. The Hornets were 23-49 from the foul line.

Lyon was 11 of 23 from the foul line.

With about a minute and change left k, White, who was 7 of 11 from the charity stripe, made up her mind that the Wildcats weren’t going to hack her anymore. She put on a dribbling clinic that had folks oohing and aahing.

“I was getting tired of going to the free-throw line and holding up the time,” White said. “So I said I know if I run, they can’t catch me.”

Millbrook shot just 10 free throws during the entire game. The Wildcats made five of them.


NCHSAA 4-A East Semifinals

Hillside     14     17     20     19 — 70
Millbrook     10     10     23     12 — 55

HILLSIDE — Tykyrah Williams 5, Elisia Grissett 4, Brittany Powell 1, Justine Lyon 18, Zuri White 27, Mya Webb 6, Amanda Lawrence 3, Victoria Powell 4, Khara Herring 2.

MILLBROOK — Kai Crutchfield 9, Destinie Dunn 2, Dazia Powell 17, Jaylaan Dillard 2, L’donnisty Granison 4, Daria Warren 6, Jaleesa Dillard 3, Sis Norman 12.

3-point FG — Hillside 3-7 (Williams 1-1, Lyon 1-2, Webb 1-1); Millbrook 2-9 (Crutchfield 1-4, Powell 1-3). Rebounds — Hillside 48 (Lyon 12, White 10, Lawrence 7, Jakelbi Lewis 5); Millbrook 43 (Norman 10, Dillard 8). Assists — Hillside 8 (Lewis 2); Millbrook 12 (Powell 5). Steals — Hillside 11 (White 3); Millbrook 16 (Crutchfield 6). Blocks — Hillside 3 (Williams, Grissett, Lyon); Millbrook 6 (Dillard 2, Crutchfield 2). FG pct. — Hillside 22-56 (.393); Millbrook 24-66 (.364). FT pct. — Hillside 23-49 (.469); Millbrook 5-10 (.500). Turnovers — Hillside 23 (White 5); Millbrook 23 (Powell 6).

Records — Hillside 24-5, Millbrook 24-4.