Feb 28, 2014
After trailing at halftime, the Millbrook girls basketball team used a huge third quarter performance to earn a bid to the Eastern Regional.
The Wildcats came from behind to defeat Ashley, 53-48.
It was a slow start for both teams on Friday night. Millbrook scored just three field goals in the first quarter and trailed Ashley 12-10 going into the second.
The offensive woes continued for Millbrook in the second quarter, which found itself down by as many as seven points.
Two late baskets – a 3-pointer from Kai Crutchfield and a lay-up by Dazia Powell – helped Millbrook close the gap to 25-22 at halftime.
Millbrook used its defense to change the flow of the game in the third quarter.
A basket by Sis Norman at the 6:40 mark tied the game at 25-25, and the Wildcats didn't stop there. Millbrook held Ashley scoreless for the first 7:05 of the third quarter, going on a 15-0 run. The Wildcats led by as many as 12 points in the quarter.
Ashley didn't go away though. The Eagles scored six points in the final minute of the quarter to get within 37-31 going into the final period.
Millbrook had to hold off an Ashley rally in the fourth. The Eagles brought the score within four points at the 1:32 mark, but an and-one basket by Powell put Millbrook back up by seven, and the Wildcats held on.
Powell, who has had a great showing in the playoffs so far, led Millbrook with 19 points. Crutchfield had 14 points for the Wildcats.
Felecity Havens led Ashley with 25 points in the losing effort. Chyna Cotton had 14 points for the Eagles.
Millbrook will face the winner of Southern Alamance and Hillside in the regional semifinals in Fayetteville on Thursday, Mar. 6. Game times will be announced this weekend by the N.C. High School Athletic Association.
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