Published: 12:00 AM, Sun Mar 04, 2012
South View girls fall to Raleigh Millbrook, 54-49, in regional final
South View's girls' basketball team has won 58 games against the rest of North Carolina the last two seasons.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, their record against Raleigh Millbrook in the same span is 0-2.
For the second straight year, South View met the Wildcats in the 4-A Eastern Regional finals, this time Saturday at the Crown Arena. The score was closer than year's, but South View still came up on the short end, falling 54-49.
Millbrook, 30-2, advances to the state 4-A title game next week at N.C. State's Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh. They will face West Forsyth for the title.
"We came to play,'' South View coach Brent Barker said.
Sidney Cook, who led South View with 21 points, pulled the Tigers within a point for the last time with 6:52 left in the fourth quarter when she hit a driving layup. That left Millbrook ahead 38-37.
But Millbrook took a 48-41 lead with 2:28 left in the game, led by the play of tournament MVP Briana Day and Ryan Flowers. Day scored six points, Flowers four.
The Tigers never got closer than three down the rest of the way, and a five-for-eight effort from the free-throw line by Millbrook in the closing minute sealed the win.
"They got a couple of put backs,'' Barker said. "The Day girl did a good job. We missed a couple of shots there as well.''
Millbrook coach Chris East thought his team played better defense during the stretch that gave them the lead for good. "I think we were a little deeper than they were,'' he said. "I'm just happy we were lucky enough to go on and try to win a state championship.''
East had nothing but praise for South View. "That is a true basketball program,'' East said. "I hope that is where we're going. Their kids played tough and fought to the very end.
"Tonight we were just a little bit better than them.''
South View's Talibah Brown thought the Tigers still had a chance to win after the Millbrook run. "We're mostly a second-half team,'' she said. "Once we see what we do wrong in the first half, we try to correct it and do our best.''
Seniors Cook and Ciara Morris both came to the post-game press conference in the basement of the Crown Arena, but were both too emotional to respond to questions after their second loss to Millbrook in as many years.
Barker praised the play of freshman Chinyere Bell, who scored eight points and led South View in rebounding with nine.
"She was a force in there,'' Barker said. "She was able to come help and they were able to help her.''
"I was never in this position before, but it meant a lot to me,'' Bell said.
Raleigh Millbrook 54, South View 49
SOUTH VIEW- J. Brown 4, T. Brown, Morris 8, Sidney Cook 21, Bell 8, Ka. Lankford 6, Williams 2, Scott.
RALEIGH MILLBROOK- Jones 4, Mitchell 1, Alex Tomlinson 19, Houston 2, Ryan Flowers 12, Hinton, Best, Dillard, Briana Day 16.
Fouled out: SV - Cook. RM - Flowers.
Technical fouls: None
3-point goals: RM - Jones.
Records: South View 29-1, Raleigh Millbrook 30-2.
MVP - Briana Day, Raleigh Millbrook; Ashley Williams, Green Hope; Derricka Lewis, Raleigh Sanderson; Alex Tomlinson, Raleigh Millbrook; Ryan Flowers, Raleigh Millbrook; SIDNEY COOK, SOUTH VIEW .