DULUTH — Winners of consecutive games only twice this season, Mill Creek’s girls would love a three-game mini-streak to gain momentum.
Then again, Hawks coach Ashley Phillips said he’d welcome even one good game’s momentum.
“We’ve struggled lately to put the ball in the basket,” he said following Mill Creek’s 57-44 loss to North Carolina’s Providence Day School in the Monday’s opening round of Peach State Basketball’s inaugural JumpOffPlus.com Holiday Invitational at Duluth. “You’ve got to score points to beat good teams.”
Lamenting his team’s 1-for-17 and 2-for-19 shooting from 3-point range the last two games, Phillips was frustrated after losing to Providence Day, North Carolina’s private school state champions five of the past six seasons.
He was optimistic, however, about today’s second round against Tennessee’s Girls Prep at noon.
“I know we’re going to turn the corner at some point and start clicking,” he said.
Mill Creek (6-5) was led by Jasmine Carter’s 14 points, Alicia Brookins’ nine and Tamarr Williams’ seven, but couldn’t preserve its 11-7 lead after a quarter. The Hawks fell behind 25-17 by halftime and 38-31 after three periods and came no closer than within 40-35 on India Dillard’s basket with 4:56 to go.
Providence Day (7-3), which today plays Florida’s Dr. Phillips at 6 p.m., got 13 points apiece from Olivia Parker and Jatarie White, and 11 from Sarah Burnick.
Riverdale (Tenn.) 92, Campbell 49
Shacobia Bardee’s 36 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, keyed the victory, as Tyisha Petty chipped in 28. Campbell got 13 from Erica Norwood, 12 from Chakecia Miller and 11 from Angel Foster.
Alpharetta 60, Carrollton 28
Kylee Smith’s 22, Lauren Brown’s 16 and Adrie Morales’ 10 helped Alpharetta outscore Carrollton in every quarter, including 16-2 in the first. Carrollton got eight and six from Tasmine Boykin and Brooklyn Emory, respectively.
Oak Ridge (N.C.) 63, Lovett 36
Cedrica Gibson paced Oak Ridge with 13 points, followed by Sarah Beal’s nine and eight apiece from Kristina King and Jatzmin Johnson. Tatiana Jackson’s 12 and Sydney Umeri’s 10 led Lovett, which trailed 53-26 after three quarters.
Dr. Phillips (Fla.) 60, Girls Prep (Tenn.) 35
Taryn Griffey led Dr. Phillips with 21, followed by Jade Cheek’s 17, including five 3-pointers. Matea Britvar’s 12 put the finishing touches on Girls Prep, which got seven apiece from Chadarryl Clay and Simone Busby.