Thursday, March 4, 2010

Aliyah Kilpatrick amazing in Eagles semifinal win

East Mecklenburg had been to the N.C. 4A regionals four times before Thursday. The Eagles had never won a game.

That changed at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.

Despite Lake Norman making 9-of-19 3-point attempts, the Eagles won easy, 69-54, and advanced to play Butler in Saturday's regional final.

Eagles guard Aliyah Kilpatrick was simply amazing. Sidelined two weeks ago with two stress fractures in the same leg, Kilpatrick had 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. She made 11-of-13 free throws and played nasty defense.

The Eagles (27-2) held Lake Norman (24-6) to 33 percent shooting. Lake Norman made only 11-of-44 two-point attempts.

Kasey Haynes played well for the Wildcats, scoring 18 points, grabbing 6 rebounds to go with five assists. JoBeth Wright came off the bench to score 12.

Monet Tellier, the All-American candidate signed to Virginia Tech, had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists for the Eagles. She made all 10 free throw attempts.

East will get Butler for the fourth time this season and eighth in two years in Saturday's state semifinal game.

Should be uber-intense.

Butler and East played a little lackadaisical tonight, obviously looking ahead to playing each other.

Now they've got it -- on the second biggest state in high school ball.

Winner to the state finals.