Hillside sweeps Northern
Four Hillside players scored in double figures and three more scored nine points each in a 79-67 road win over Northern on Tuesday.
The game was tied 32-32 at halftime before Hillside’s athletes took over.
Hillside coach Crasten Davis said there was no need for him to make any adjustments during the break — guys just needed to make good on the layups they missed in the first half.
“We didn’t really change anything. We just finished in the second half,” Davis said.
Malik Evans led Hillside with 13 points, but singling out one Hornet would be misleading. That’s just how balanced Hillside was, getting solid contributions from its bench.
“When a team comes to scout us, you don’t know what you’re going to get,” Davis said. “And as coaches, we don’t know what we’re going to get sometimes, either. But I wouldn’t trade my team for nothing.”
Northern had the early momentum. Then Hillside snatched it.
“We got away from doing the things we do,” Northern coach Ronnie Russell said. “I thought we executed in the first quarter, and then we got guys in foul trouble. We had to get some more guys in there. We didn’t get a lot out of my substitutes like we normally do. I guess the athleticism kind of triggered something in those guys.”
Kourtney Farrow and Kentrell Barkley both scored 16 points for Northern, and Ricky Council II had 14, two of them on a mean dunk late in the fourth period that he cocked way back before lowering the boom.
The home crowd loved it.
But Hillside’s fans just pointed at the scoreboard.
In the girls’ game that opened the doubleheader, Hillside beat Northern 68-63 despite getting only two points from senior star Jordyn Smith.
Two first-half free throws were all Hillside’s Smith could get to go through the net.
“The good thing about it is it’s a team sport,” Hillside coach Ovester Grays said. “ I don’t know what the numbers were like, but I thought Justine and Mylea in the backcourt really stepped up.”
Guards Justine Lyons (20 points) and Mylea McKennith (25 points) carried Hillside as they have on a regular basis of late and Zuri White did the same for Northern with 27 points.
Northern would have been in a world of hurt without White impacting the game with her athleticism.
Down the stretch, the body language of the Lady Knights appealed for a little help from the officials, but Northern coach Pam Adams turned to her bench and said, “Ladies, we’re not going to get the call.”
The game was tied 56-56 with three minutes left in the fourth period.
McKennith got a steal and a bucket. Daesha Marshall put in some work down low to give Hillside two more before a couple of free throws by Lyons gave the Lady Hornets a six-point cushion that provided enough padding for a favorable landing.
“We made too many basic turnovers,” Adams said. “We beat ourselves tonight. We knew they were going to come in aggressive. They’re very good athletes. Defense is their game, and we made little, wimpy passes.”
Hillside 79, Northern 67
HILLSIDE — D’Ontray Johnson 2, Robert “R.J.” Johnson Jr. 11, Malik Evans 13, Isaiah Dickens 2, Ty’Quon Reid 10, Trevion Thompson 9, Marius McAllister 12, De’Shon Self, Marcus Bowling 9, Emanuel McGirt 2.
NORTHERN — Ryan Arundale 10, Jaquan Harris 6, Isaiah Townsend 2, Kentrell Barkley 16, Dillon Leovic 1, Ricky Council II 14, Kourtney Farrow 16, Emmett Tilley 2.
Records — Hillside 12-4, 4-1 PAC-6; Northern 8-6, 2-3 PAC-6.
Hillside 68, Northern 63
HILLSIDE — Tykyrah Williams 10, Mylea McKennith 25, Sydney Brown 2, Justine Lyons 20, Jordyn Smith 2, Khara Herring 4, Daesha Marshall 4. NORTHERN — Jakia Dixon 3, Zuri White 27, Mekaila Shaw 4, Nicole Crutchfield 4, Rhianna Council 16, McKenzie Utley 5, Mohargany Jones 4.
Records — Hillside 15-2, 5-0 PAC-6; Northern 9-5, 3-2 PAC-6.