Myers Park knocks off defending champ Millbrook for title
Posted December 29, 2011
In the Mix 101.5 girls' championship portion of the 2011 HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational, Myers Park out-Millbrooked Raleigh Millbrook to win the title on Wednesday.
The Mustangs (13-0) trailed 14-11 after one quarter -- then held the Triangle's best defensive team to only one free throw in the second quarter. Although Millbrook got the Mustangs lead to one point point in the final couple of minutes, the damage was done and Myers Park was headed to its first Holiday Invitational title.
The title was a fitting birthday present for Myers Park coach Dustin Terrel.
"The only thing I wanted on my birthday was this championship and that's what we got," Terrel said. "We tried to give it away to them at the end but we battled back and pulled it out."
Myers Park's Roddreka Rogers earned the MVP award after scoring 13 points in the championship game. Aliyah Mazyck also scored 13 while Roddreka's sister, Rydeiah Rogers, finished with 10 points.
Millbrook, the 2010 HSOT champion, was led by tournament Most Outstanding Player Briana Day's 13 points and 10 rebounds. Mykia Jones also added 13 for the Wildcats (12-1).
"There's not a dry eye in our locker room and they're disappointed," Millbrook coach Chris East said of his team. "I think they know that I love them and I'm proud of them. They know, too, that we can't start off like we did in the first couple minutes of the game and not execute."
Roddreka Rogers earned the MVP award 22 years after her father, Rodney Rogers, won the same award on the boys' side for Durham Hillside. Her sister Rydeiah and teammate Saadia Timpton were named to the all-tournament team, along with Cary Christian's Dakota Dukes, Cary Green Hope's Kristin Gaffney and Ashley Williams, Durham Riverside's Maddie McCallie, Durham Hillside's Morgan McGee and Cary Panther Creek's Kayla Seymour.