Dec 28, 2011
Raleigh Millbrook is only a win away from defending its 2010 Holiday Invitational girls' title.
The Wildcats defeated Durham Riverside 43-29 in the semifinals of this year's HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational to advance to Friday's Wednesday's 4 p.m. championship game at Raleigh Broughton High School. Millbrook will face the winner of today's 2:20 p.m. winner between Charlotte Myers Park and Cary Green Hope in the title game.
Millbrook and Riverside were tied 14-14 at halftime, but a smothering press defense helped the Wildcats hold Riverside to only nine points in the third quarter. Millbrook coach Chris East said his team encouraged him to employ the press in the third frame.
"That turned momentum a little bit," East said. "They're the team, I just drive the bus. ... When we play together, we're a good team."
Riverside coach Melinda Goodson also pointed to the aggressive Millbrook defense as the difference-maker in the contest.
"(Millbrook) put out their 2-2-1 zone press and we became a little unraveled," said Goodson, whose Pirates will face the loser of today's Charlotte Myers Park-Cary Green Hope game at 2:20 p.m. at Cary Academy on Thursday.
Millbrook (13-0) was led by Briana Day's 14 points and 9 rebounds while Alex Tomlinson added 12 for the Wildcats. Maddie McCallie led all scorers with 19 for Riverside.
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