It wasn’t the most attractive region matchup between Mill Creek and Mountain View High School yet it was a pivotal game MCHS needed as a momentum booster going into the tougher portion of its schedule.
However, the Lady Hawks won’t be focused on the records of their competitor. Instead, they’ll stick to doing what they do best.
“We try to focus on ourselves rather than our opponent. We play a very tough schedule, both in and out of our region, in order to prepare us for the postseason,” said Head Coach Ashley Phillips. “The tough schedule also helps us to identify our weaknesses and work to be the best team we can be.”
The Lady Hawks led 30-17 at the half; the Bears went on a 4-0 run to start the third quarter but a 3-pointer by MCHS allowed the Hawks to soar to a 10-point advantage. With 2:39 left to play in the third, the Hawks saw a thirsty Mountain View team attack the basket. Mill Creek had trouble responding and continued to nurse its shooting woes.
Shannon McCrosson became the aggressor offensively for the Hawks as she used her fancy footwork to shift the Bears defense. Her ability to drive the ball inside and find a chance to make an assist adds to her feisty attitude on the court.
“Shannon has done a great job this year of learning how to initiate the offense and create opportunities for her teammates. She is very aggressive and as she has gained experience. The whole team has benefitted from her tough, unselfish play,” Phillips said.
The Hawks continued to remain quiet until Nadiya Miller – doing what she does best – nailed a shot from the behind the arc which lessened the Bears’ chances from climbing back. Mill Creek went on to win 53-43.
The next battle was not so easy for the Hawks, squaring off against Norcross High School. Mill Creek got off to a great start that could have earned them the win but a daunting shooting slump allowed the Blue Devils to have their way against MCHS.
Their start was highlighted by Kathleen Haxton, who dialed one up from long distance. The Hawks evened the score at the free throw line and brought a strong presence in the paint that gave them a 1-point lead.
However, their lead diminished as the Blue Devils rose to a 7-point advantage. From there, the Hawks deficit continued to plummet with Norcross dishing out a 61-34 loss.
Mill Creek will host Dacula High School tomorrow at 6 p.m.