By BRANDON RICHARDSON
The Mill Creek High School girls’ basketball silenced the Wildcats of Duluth High School 56-41 on Tuesday Night.
After a miss by both teams on their first possessions, Nadiya Miller scored the first points of the game, giving the Hawks a two point lead. The Hawks never trailed in the entire game. Despite only three players scoring in the quarter, MCHS led took a 4-point lead into the second quarter.
The Hawks increased their lead to seven with less than four minutes to play. MCHS really picked up on the defensive side of the floor, holding Duluth to only two points late in the second quarter.
“I felt like we did a good job defensively. We talked a lot about rebounding [before the game],” said Head Coach Ashley Phillips.
Duluth battled back to pull within three. The Hawks responded offensively with a long two by Kathleen Haxton and back to back threes by Miller and Meredith Schulte to bring the lead back to seven. India Dillard got an offensive rebound and put up a quick two to beat the buzzer. Dillard’s seventh point of the game gave the Hawks their largest lead of the half, sending them into the locker room up 28-19.
The Hawks continued to take control of the game in the third quarter and eventually put the game out of reach. Miller was the go-to player on the night. She finished with 17 points on the night along with 4 rebounds.
“If we can get [Miller] good shots, she’s [going to] make shots. She waited for the good shots tonight,” said Phillips.
Defense continued to be a strong point as Duluth was only able to score five points in the entire quarter. Not only was Duluth unable to get off many shots, but they struggled to get rebounds as well.
“We switched back and forth between a match up zone and man-to-man. We did a good job of knowing what we were trying to do, but rebounding was the big key,” Phillips said.
Along with Miller, Haxton and Dillard scored double digit points on the night. MCHS not only dominated on both ends of the floor, they also set the tone at the free throw line. The Lady Hawks will return to the hardwood tomorrow night at 7 p.m. against the Raiders of Habersham Central High School at home.