Miller Grove defeats Druid Hills in region matchups

Druid Hills’ Desham During (4) flies to the basket. Photos by Mark Brock

The No. 1 ranked Miller Grove Wolverines jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the 80-29 victory over the Druid Hills Red Devils to complete the Region 6-4A sweep at Druid Hills Jan. 9.

Lamont West scored the first seven points of the game and added a three-pointer in the 16-0 run to open the game for Miller Grove. Gauman Boykin added a pair of layups off turnovers in the run, and Alterique Gilbert had a drive to the basket to round out the big run.

Tim Jones got Druid Hills on the board with 3:01 left in the first quarter, but the Wolverines (15-3) would finish the quarter with a 7-0 run on three-pointers from Gilbert and Aidan Saunders who finished with a game-high 17 points.

The Red Devils (6-11) would get no closer than 17 points the rest of the way as Dillan Hall hit a three-pointer with 4:42 to play in the first half.

Boykin, who had 14 points in the game, scored seven points in an 11-0 run by the Wolverines as they continued to pull away in the first half.

Matt Priester had a steal and scored to end the half and give Miller Grove a 44-12 lead at the half.

The Wolverines continued the balanced scoring in the third period along with their tough defense as the lead increased to 66-24 on Kendall Williams’ basket as the quarter ended.

Joining Boykin and Saunders in double figures for Miller Grove was Gilbert with 12, West with 12 and Daeshon Street with 10.

Miller Grove’s Chrystal Ezechukwu (32) gets inside Druid Hills’ Kayla Cato (3) for two of her 21 points.

Miller Grove’s Chrystal Ezechukwu (32) gets inside Druid Hills’ Kayla Cato (3) for two of her 21 points.

Girls
Miller Grove 59, Druid Hills 43

The Miller Grove Lady Wolverines used a strong inside game, pulling down 50 rebounds, to pull away from the Druid Hills Lady Red Devils for a 59-43 victory in the girls’ matchup.

Druid Hills took its only lead of the game on a Miracle Davies steal and basket with 1:06 left in the first quarter to complete a 7-0 run.

Miller Grove answered with two free throws by Alexia Strong and a three-point play by Chrystal Ezechukwu on a drive to a basket with 12 seconds to play in the period for a 13-11 lead heading in the second.

Druid Hills’ Nicole Mintz would tie the game at 13-13 to start the second quarter with an offensive rebound and basket.

Miller Grove began to pull away at that point as Imani Richardson nailed a pair of three-pointers and Ezechukwu, who had 22 rebounds to go with 21 points in the game, added four more points as the lead increased to 27-17.

Arteria Benton’s basket with less than a minute to play cut the Miller Grove lead to 27-19 at the half.

Ezechukwu would hit the boards again in the third period that lead to seven points for her, including a rebound, drive to the basket and a foul for a three-point play to end the period. Miller Grove (7-6) would take a 42-29 lead into the final quarter of play.

Jatasha Hollinger cut the lead to 46-36 on an assist from Benton with 4:18 to play, but Ezechukwu’s 12th offensive rebound of the night would start a 12-7 run to finish the game.

Richardson finished with 16 points to join Ezechukwu in double figures while Kianna Muse would add 15 rebounds for the Lady Wolverines.

Davies finished with 10 points to lead Druid Hills (5-10).

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