Millbrook girls cruise to Cap 8 championship game
Posted February 15
Raleigh, N.C. — Without the services of three of its starters, Millbrook was able to cruise past Wakefield to advance to its fifth straight Cap-8 Girls Basketball Tournament championship game.
Kai Crutchfield scored a game-high 20 points, and Sis Norman added 15 points to the Wildcat total as Millbrook won 56-27. The duo combined for 11 rebounds, eight assists, and five steals in the victory.
“Kai, and Sis really stepped up tonight, and showed great leadership. It says a lot when you have a few starters out of the lineup, and girls can fill-in and match their production” said Millbrook head coach, Chris East.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 15-7 lead after one quarter following 12 points from Crutchfield, and Norman. Symone Daniels added a three-point score in the frame for Millbrook.
Millbrook showcased their defensive prowess in the second stanza as they outscored Wakefield 14-0 to take a 29-7 lead into halftime.
Junior, Alexus Tucker tallied 11 points in the victory, eight of them coming in the third quarter. Tucker sunk a pair of baskets in the lane forcing Wakefield to burn a timeout 41 seconds into the second half.
Crutchfield helped Millbrook gain its largest lead of the evening with a drive to the lane, and a kick-out assist to Tucker who downed her second three-point basket in as many attempts. Millbrook held a 48-20 lead through three quarters.
“I thought that our junior class of Symone, Lauren (Braswell), and Alexus collectively played their best game of the season tonight.” added East, “As a team, tonight was hands down our best defensive effort.”
Jada Peebles accounted for much of the Wolverine offense as she tallied a team-high 11 points. Gabby Donaldson helped chip into the gap late as she posted eight points. Despite the second half comeback attempt, Millbrook’s 48% effort from the field netted them the 29-point victory.
Millbrook will face the winner of Wednesday night’s nightcap between Heritage and Leesville Road on Friday at 5:30 PM at Broughton High School. Wakefield hopes to continue their postseason run next week in the NCHSAA 4A State Playoffs, HighSchoolOT.com currently projects the Wolverines to travel to Lumberton in the first round as a 31-seed.