Dec 27, 2012
Boosted by a career day from sophomore Kaila Ealey and a solid defensive effort against a physical Hillside squad, the Broughton Lady Caps advanced to the championship game of the Mix 101.5 Girls Bracket Thursday afternoon with an 86-65 win.
Less than 24 hours after squeaking out a 62-60 win over Holly Springs, Broughton played with a double-digit lead throughout the second half Thursday, never allowing the Hornets back into the game as they had the Lady Hawks a day earlier.
Broughton head coach Brad McCorkle said he was pleased with his team's effort and ability to learn from Wednesday's close win.
"We did have a little bit of a cushion today and we didn't let up," he said. "We didn't slow down and we continued to play our game against a very physical, very tough team. Hillside is a very good team, and I told them in the locker room I was very proud of the toughness they showed in getting that win today."
Ealey was dominant throughout, recording 28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists against an overmatched Hillside backcourt. Megan Sullivan (16 points) and Justice Byrd (15 points) also finished in double figures for the Lady Caps, and three other players scored at least 7 points.
Four Hornets finished in double figures, with Jordyn Smith pouring in 20 points and pulling down 8 rebounds. Myleah McKennith tallied 13 points, Mya Webb had 11 and Justine Lyons finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds.
"We all knew what we had to do and we just came in and did it," Ealey said. "We start better when it comes from defense. We get hyped up from one steal and it leads to more, and that helps our offense."
Byrd led the way early, scoring Broughton's first six points in less than a minute and setting the tone for the day. The Caps led 19-12 after one quarter and used a 14-5 second-quarter to run to push their lead to 44-27 by halftime.
In a second half highlighted by several trips to the free throw line for both teams, Hillside was never closer than 13 points.
"We talked a lot about what to do if we got another lead and how we need to put our foot on the pedal and not let up," McCorckle said. "We need to force a certain style of play and we were able to do that today and use it to our advantage."
That speed advantage will likely be a big asset for Broughton against either team it could face in the Mix 101.5 Girls Bracket Championship game, which will be played Saturday at Broughton's Holliday Gymnasium at 5:40 p.m.
Both Greensboro Dudley and Charlotte Myers Park feature bigger lineups and key post players, something Hillside could not capitalize on Thursday against the Lady Caps.
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