Hillside boys lose OT heartbreaker; Hornets girls get a win
Hillside peppered the net with 3-pointers in the first half, leading by as many as 13 points over 10-1 New Hanover, but looked like a balloon losing air in the second half and at the end its Hornets Nest scoreboard showed a crushing 73-71 overtime defeat.
It was the Hornets (7-4) second overtime game in as many days, and the toll from extended play in consecutive, pressure-packed games showed.
“We got dry. Our shots stopped falling,” Hillside coach Crasten Davis said of the game in which the lead changed hands eight times.
“We didn’t have legs in the second half. The guys in the locker room were telling me they were tired, so we tried to rotate more bodies in and just keep them fresh,” Davis said.
“I liked our effort. Our effort was there,” Davis he added.
In the girls’ game opener, Justine Lyon led four Lady Hornets in double figures as Hillside downed New Hanover 74-49.
The Hillside girls improved to 8-5 a day after losing a tough PAC-6 decision by two points at Riverside. New Hanover dropped to 7-7.
Lyon scored 14 points, Tykyrah Williams 13, Mya Webb 11 and Zuri White 10 for Hillside.
In the nightcap, the Hillside boys hit 11 3s to New Hanover’s five, with Hornets shooting guard and high scorer Jarrod France (20 points) pitching in six from behind the arc.
Hillside and the Wilmington invaders exchanged leads in the opening quarter before France’s big buckets from 3-point range, including a pair from opposite corners a minute apart, pushed Hillside up 21-13 at the close of the period.
France also was part of a nifty play in the final minute. Forward Trevion Thompson, who has missed a lot of games because of his heavy college football recruiting visit schedule, got the ball in transition, and on the run threw downcourt to France, who surprised the Wildcats when he unselfishly dished to forward Edward Hinton for a score.
Hillside looked to run away with the game when it went up 26-13 at 5:01 of the second period. Shooting guard Robert “R.J.” Robinson Jr. threw a pass nearly the length of the court to fast-breaking small forward Marcus Bowling for a layup and the 13-point lead.
But the Wildcats went on a 14-3 run to narrow the gap to 29-27 before France pumped in a 3-pointer from in front of the New Hanover bench to give the Hornets a five-point lead at the half.
New Hanover scored the first six points of the third period to regain the lead, 33-32, but a 3 from Robinson at 6:37 put Hillside ahead, 35-33. Hillside tied it, but France drained another 3-pointer at 5:53 to put Hillside back up 38-35. The Hornets twice built their lead to 10 points and closed the third period ahead 50-42.
The Wildcats began slowly chippin away in the final frame, outscoring Hillside 20-12 to send it into overtime.
Hillside maintained a six-point lead at 1:48, when Thompson got a turnover, passed to forward Malik Evans all alone at the Hornets end of the court, and Evans slam-dunked the ball to make it 60-54.
New Hanover netted the next five points to narrow its deficit to one. Brad Hitchman, who scored three of those, and Shawn Robinson double-teamed Hillside point guard Justice Kithcart, Robinson came up with a steal and converted a layup to make it 60-59 with 43 seconds left.
Kithcart sank a pair of free throws for a three-point Hillside lead, but with 24 seconds left New Hanover’s Ridell Camidge tossed up a 3-pointer to tie it 62-62 and France’s 3-point attempt with 12 seconds left fell short.
Overtime was not kind to the Hornets. In successive possessions Kithcart had a shot blocked at 2:15, Timothy Mangum threw up an air ball on a 3-point try at 2:02, Lashone McCrea followed with an air ball at 1:25, Thompson missed, rebounded, and missed again with 52 seconds left, then missed another shot with 42 seconds to go.
When the Wildcats’ Hitchman stole the ball from Thompson, who had come up with a steal of his own moments earlier, and pumped in a basket to make it 72-65 with 25 seconds left, it looked to be out of reach. Three-pointers from France and Kithcart brought Hillside within striking distance, but Kithcart’s missed 3-pointer at the buzzer for a win failed.
“How many shots did we have right there at the basket that didn’t go?” Davis said. “Team effort. United we play, united we win, united we lose.”
NEW HANOVER 73, HILLSIDE 71, OT
New Hanover 13 14 15 20 11—73
Hillside 21 11 18 12 9 — 71
NEW HANOVER — Ridell Camidge 19, Shawn Robinson 18, Brad Hitchman 16, Lawrence Williams 10, Tyree Johnson 5, Nykheinma Walker 2, Garrett Walston 2, Brian Howell 1.
HILLSIDE — Jarrod France 20, Justice Kithcart 10, Lashone McCrea 10, Robert Robinson Jr. 10, Timothy Mangum 8, Marcus Bowling 5, Trevion Thompson 4, Malik Evans 2, Edward Hinton 2.
Records—Wilmington New Hanover 10-1, Hillside 7-4.
HILLSIDE 74, NEW HANOVER 49
New Hanover 10 9 14 16 — 49
Hillside 11 22 23 18 — 74
NEW HANOVER — Kapria Pressley 22, Alex Simmons 10, Grace Cameron 7, Taylor Perkins 6, Asia Davis 2, Nyasia Waddell 2.
HILLSIDE — Justice Lyon 14, Tykyrah Williams 13, Mya Webb 11, Zuri White 10, Jakelbi Lewis 7, Khara Herring 6, Brittany Powell 4, Kristen Smith 4, Amanda Lawrence 3, Victoria Powell 2.
Records — Wilmington New Hanover 7-7, Hillside 8-5.