Hawks down rival Dacula, go 1-1 in region play

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Shannon McCrosson aims for the basket in a 1-on-3 situation against Dacula High School. Foster Peters/For the Paper.

Easy turnovers and easy baskets turned into easy money for the Lady Hawks when they crushed Meadowcreek High School 65-32 at home. Fans couldn’t ask for a better start as the Hawks scored 23 points in the first quarter alone.

The Hawks could afford to play lackadaisical against a Meadowcreek team that struggled with ball control all night. Mill Creek was impatient at times but, when they slowed things down and played their game, they flourished on the offensive side of the ball.

MCHS led 38-12 and heightened its lead to nearly 30 midway through the third quarter. The Hawks emptied the bench and didn’t become stagnant. The Bears were in dire need of rescue and received a little assistance after the clock was set for just six minutes, which is a standard rule set in place when a team is in the lead by 30 or more at the end of the third quarter. The Mustangs could not stop the bleeding in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Wildcats of Duluth High School were out for vengeance against the Lady Hawks which took a 56-41 win the first time around.

Tied at 37-all in the second quarter, Mill Creek saw time at the foul line that extended their lead by two going into the break. The Wildcats went back on top by one out of the half but India Dillard regained the lead for MCHS with two shots at the charity stripe.

However, a 3-point play by Duluth elevated them to a 51-47 lead at the end of the third quarter. Shannon McCrosson and Dillard added four to bring the score to 51 each. Yet the fourth quarter belonged to Duluth which took a 10-point lead and never looked back. The Wildcats finished with a 67-57 victory in a significant road game.

Dacula High School came in with a 6-12 record and it showed as they were on life support throughout the entire game. Paige Orangio drew first blood for an early 2-0 lead. India Dillard drew a 3-point play that put the Hawks up by five toward the bottom of the first quarter. Nadiya Miller let one rip from behind the arc and a shot from the free throw line heightened the lead to 15-4.

In no time flat, the Hawks notched 13 points which grew to a 29-9 gain toward the bottom of the first half. Turnovers and missed shots galore left Dacula in a 31-13 deficit at the break.

The second half saw the Falcons vacation at the free throw line but the Hawks managed to stay ahead by 19. A 49-26 lead put Mill Creek in a secure position to finish with a 57-26 win. Nadiya Miller finished with 15 points and Dillard added 11 to her stat sheet.