Great Girls Basketball in the Triangle Area this coming year!

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  • icculrac Dec 29, 2012
    Rookie

    Millbrook Girls just won the Upward Classic in Spartanburg defeating teams from SC, Ga., and Tenn. The have already played and beaten the best teams they will face this year.

  • dlw25220 Dec 19, 2012
    Towel Boy

    I saw Green Hope play last night. They are still the team to beat in the Tri-9. Athens is turning out to be 3rd best, and of course Holly Springs is right there at the top with Green Hope. Green Hope playing very well right now, smothering defense and good ball movement. Getting better each game -- Don't count them out of Regionals just yet.

  • icculrac Dec 17, 2012
    Rookie

    The Millbrook defense has so far allowed many more points per game this year then last. Ryan has always been a hidden gem, overshadowed by Brianna whose defense is tremendous. All the guards have had to do is get the ball inside, which they consistently fail to do, to either one of them. In all honesty, over the last 2 years, Ryan has missed a ton of 2 foot shots. Plus, when Millbrook rebounds defensively, if the guards would only lift there heads up, they would see Ryan ahead of the pack on the way for an easy layup... IF IF IF (it sure is easy to coach from the stands). You saw some of it against Broughton when Bria came in. Her defense was a huge lift and it freed up Ryan on the weak side for follow up shots off rebounds, which she made and the guards even found her for one or 2 break away layups. Hopefully, this will be Ryans year. She has the potential and when Brianna comes back, they will be the team I predicted them to be.

  • BallerMom Dec 16, 2012
    Bench Warmer

    Besides if I'm not mistaken Flowers led Enloe to the final four in the state her freshman season(& named breakout player of the yr) while sending Millbrook and the Day twins home during sectionals, and since transferring to Millbrook, this is the first chance she's had to truly go to work for the Wildcats. When Day does return it should be interesting.

  • BallerMom Dec 16, 2012
    Bench Warmer

    Maybe Day is not the best player for Millbrook, maybe she just had the hype. The defense is still there in Flowers and now it looks like the points are too. Millbrook will be fine either way.

  • ILuvBBALL Dec 15, 2012
    Bench Warmer

    Well since this POST seems to be geared towards Millbrook and Broughton I guess I will add my analogy as well. 1. Broughton is REALLY hurting because they really don't have any BIGS if Ryan Flowers scored 20 pts without Brianna Day, what will be the outcome when she returns? 2. Both teams had too many turnovers, 3. Both teams need to work on defense, but it seems like Broughton lost their momentum at some point. Good luck to all teams....

  • icculrac Dec 15, 2012
    Rookie

    Millbrooks defense came through in the second half.

  • icculrac Dec 8, 2012
    Rookie

    When I made my earlier comment, I did not know Brianna Day would not be playing for Millbrook the first part of the year. She is there best player, the best player in the Cap 8 and certainly one of the best in the State. That is a huge loss for them; but they are still 6-0 and getting better.

  • ntheweeds Nov 22, 2012
    All Star

    Broughton will finish second or third in Cap 8 but they won't beat Millbrook. Don't know much about the new coach, but I know that coach Jordan is one of the best coaches in the triangle and now she is not there anymore. There will be a price to pay for that and unfortunately the kids will be the looser in all this.

  • just brian Nov 22, 2012
    All Star

    Just my opinion, but I think Millbrook's biggest challenge will be the fact that they are a marked team. Because of their success last year, they are going to get the best game of the year from every team, every night. Can they bring it night after night all season? They have the talent to, but that is tough for any team. The senior leadership handling that pressure will be important.

    Broughton- With the departure of the previous coach, I would think there would be at least some time for transition before they gel together.

    Not sure what the rest of the conference has to offer since I work the Heritage games.

    Heritage has 3 guards this year that are very quick but they will have to limit turnovers. They should have beaten Knightdale last Monday night but had too many turnovers and let them score 18 points combined in the last 20 seconds of the quarters. They have a ton of potential and in my opinion a good coach, but still some work to do.

  • six72000 Nov 21, 2012
    Pro

    Hi Guys @ILuvBBALL I understand my friend. I wasn't trying to be a downer. I think this is a great debate and open discussion. I have three teams in mind that I would love to mention but the season is so young and it's going to take a couple more weeks to really see what they can potentially be at the end of February. I just don't think there is enough of us out here that can cover each and every area. Green Hope found it difficult to replace CG after a loss tonight to SER. East Wake pushed Millbrook to the limit (granted they were without the other Day sister). But that sets the stage for great potential rematch down the road in the Pod system. But I don't think that EW is the clear cut favorite in the GNC nor is SER. I just feel that there is a lot of parody and no clear cut favorite that will have an easy road to the top. I just feel there are three teams I am certain will have a say in that. Hillside, East Wake,and a dark horse pick that I will disclose at a later date!

  • tojanakany Nov 20, 2012
    Bench Warmer

    She has been replaced. Just cause the coach left doesnt mean the rest of the team left as well. Millbrook will be tested by Broughton again.

  • BallerMom Nov 20, 2012
    Bench Warmer

    WITHOUT COACH JORDAN, I'M SORRY BUT IT IS GONNA TAKE A LOT FOR BROUGHTON TO TEST MILLBROOK. THEY HAVE NOTHING IN THE PAINT(CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG). ADRIENNE SIMMONS IS GONE.

  • BallerMom Nov 20, 2012
    Bench Warmer

    GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE GIRLS THIS YEAR!! SHOULD BE INTERESTING.

  • tojanakany Nov 20, 2012
    Bench Warmer

    @icclrac well Milbrook was definitely challenge last night? They barely beat East Wake. @ iluvbball I thought most of the girls he mention where in this area. Broughton will definitely test them again. Even though everyone has counted them which is a good thing.

  • ILuvBBALL Nov 20, 2012
    Bench Warmer

    @six7200, I'm not saying that there are not some good or better teams in the area. As I stated in my PREVIOUS post, I thought this is suppose to be a post about other great teams in the area, and nobody has mentioned not one single team! The majority of each topic is Millbrook or other players that aren't even in this area!

  • bballfan4life Nov 19, 2012
    Rookie

    @six7200- Just curious.....what 3 teams are you referring to?

  • six72000 Nov 19, 2012
    Pro

    While Millbrook holds the crown as the front runner to return to the state title game there are three local teams that have the talent to have a say in that. These teams will not go quietly into the night are they are not intimidated or afraid of anyone. It will most definitely play itself out starting tomorrow but don't be surprised when there is a shocker about who one if the top teams in the area will be the are a mirror image of Mill took with great coaching skilled youth and a desire to be great.

  • spidey303 Nov 18, 2012
    Towel Boy

    Tru dat! It all starts!

  • redflamebball Nov 18, 2012
    Veteran

    Let the games begin...it will all pan out

  • ILuvBBALL Nov 15, 2012
    Bench Warmer

    I do respect both of the above opinions stated, however I thought this blog was about "Great Girls Basketball in the Triangle Area this coming year" It appears that you both have STRAYED away from that topic and concentrated only on how much of a good or great team Millbrook will be this year. I am sure the ENTIRE Millbrook team, Coaches included, are aware of the TARGETS they have placed on their backs due to ALL eight seniors committing to play college ball, and all the hype and media attention that they have been receiving. Icculrac, they are already Nationally ranked: #1 State/Division, and National #143. And correction BBall Fanatic ALL 8 seniors have been on Varsity since they have been playing hs ball (some at different schools), Jaylen Dillard has been on varsity for 2 years, and the other 5 players are newbies basically: 2 players moved up from the State Championship, 2 from JV, and 1 freshman.

    BBall Fanatic in your first blog it appears that you are giving accolades to everyone that played or shared the floor with a talented athlete on the Garner Flames roster, while throwing around some well known athletes names, that's good but some of those athletes don't play in the Triangle, and they only play in this area for AAU and not high school. But even with all that being said, you both failed to mention SE, who will be returning Alexis Hicks, who is so underrated, and Kaleisha Moore. SE Raleigh has a very good team, and no one should sleep on them. But as stated I wish ALL the teams a great season, health and strength.

  • BBall Fanatic Nov 14, 2012
    Towel Boy

    Respectfully, I have to disagree with you. They have a fantastic team for sure. I am proud to have them in this area and I have met Coach East and he is the real deal. As the saying goes, though, familiarity breeds contempt, meaning teams in the conference will provide the biggest obstacle because they see each other the most. They will be challenged, trust me. Also, this isn't the 4th year for most of the girls together. They have a few transplants and some of the girls from the supporting cast have only the one year of varsity play under their belts. They're gonna be good, real good, no one can argue that. I just think that there are a couple of teams in the area that may pull a surprise or two. Like you said, they can't afford to sleep because everyone will be gunning for them. It's hard to repeat! Good luck and god speed to them and ALL of the girls in the area. Play hard, stay safe, have fun!

  • icculrac Nov 10, 2012
    Rookie

    No one will challenge the Millbrook girls till the Holiday tournament in SC. I wish they would of played in the "Glaxo" again but they deserve more exposure. If they win the SC. tournament, they have the opportunity to be Nationally ranked. This will be the 4th year most of the girls will be playing together and they will be better this year. Remember, only 1 Day twin played last year. They do need to be careful, as you point out there are other good players everywhere. They really don't have a weakness, except pride which could be the biggest weakness of all. That's where the most important member of the Team comes in, the Coach, and they have a good one in Coach East. Good luck to all of the girls and all of the teams. In order to win, you got to play.

  • BBall Fanatic Nov 3, 2012
    Towel Boy

    Everyone knows about the Millbrook girls and the fact that they return 8 seniors who were on the state winning team from this past year. However, this year, there is talent scattered on teams throughout the Triangle. Many of the other teams have talented players that have essentially flown below the radar as much of the publicity (deservingly so) have gone to the Millbrook squad. Take a look at what's out there and who may step up to challenge the reigning champions. Broughton features the Ealey sisters, Nadine and Kaila, sisters who led Broughton to hand Millbrook their only Cap 8 loss last season and who have been key players on a division I AAU team that has not only won the state championship for the past four years, but also finished second in the AAU national championship game this past summer. Let's not overlook Justice Byrd, a gritty scorer capable of putting up large numbers at any point in the game if left alone. Wakefield returns NC A&T commit, Makayla Williams, who led team in scoring for past two seasons and played on AAU team with UNC-CH commit Jamie Cherry and CJ's "little" sister, Kierra Leslie that won the 16U DI state championship and finished in top four in at least 4 national tournaments this year. Don't overlook Madison Lennox, gritty, capable of putting of numbers like crazy, and super point guard Krystal Mangum who played on same AAU team with the Ealey sisters. Heritage will likely not compete for championship, but they still have a couple of very good players in Nakhyla Powell and Jasia (sorry can't think of last name). Sanderson returns Darica Lewis, an athletic, fast, and aggressive player who is one year removed from winning player of the year in Cap 8 and Ebony (again, don't know last name), who is capable of dropping buckets (and buckets). East Wake has UNC-A commit, Tianna Knuckles, and, the player who is probably one of the best (if not THE best) athlete in the area, Shakiria Morris. There are others, but I am out of room! Watchout!

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