ROSWELL, Ga. – The Roswell Lady Hornets avenged a 2011 loss to Mill Creek in the quarterfinals of the state basketball playoffs, scoring a 66-54 victory at home last Friday, Feb. 21, in the opening round of the AAAAAA tournament.
Adreona Keys, a freshman starter on the 2011 Roswell team, carried the Lady Hornets to the first round victory, scoring 31 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and doing a little bit of everything else.
Keys was particularly effective in the first and fourth quarters. She accounted for all but one of Roswell’s first quarter points as the Hornets jumped out to an 18-7 lead. She scored 11 points, hitting seven of eight free throws, and had three assists to Nikki Cwalina, who also had a double-double, scoring 14 points.
Mill Creek closed within 27-23 at the half and held three one-point leads in the third quarter before Roswell reserve Lexi Sam scored six of her seven points in succession to put the Hornets back in front.
Keys scored on a steal and lay-up, Emily Pruitt hit the second of her three three-pointers and Cwalina scored on the inside as the Hornets took a 42-38 lead into the fourth quarter. Pruitt opened the fourth quarter with another three-pointer and Keys took over from there.
She scored 13 points in the period, including 10 straight free throws in the final 2:35 after Mill Creek closed within three. Keys also controlled the defensive backboard, helping keep the taller, cold-shooting Hawks from capitalizing on their size advantage.
Roswell (21-8) faced state-ranked Archer in the second round earlier this week. Roswell finished first in Region 5-AAAAAA during the regular season, but lost 44-37 in the region finals to Woodstock, which placed second behind the Hornets before pulling off an upset in the championship game.
Centennial girls fall to Parkview
Centennial, which was third in both the regular season and 6-AAAAAA tournament, put up a battle against state-ranked Parkview in the first round, losing 59-50.
The Lady Knights got as close as five points in the final period, but their comeback came up short against a talented, deep team. Parkview’s full-court pressure forced Centennial into more than 20 turnovers, with a 10-0 run by the Panthers breaking the game open in the second quarter.
Jada Triplett scored 19 points, including five three-pointers to lead Centennial, which finished 18-10. Brianna Perry added 12 points for the Knights.
In Class AAA, Blessed Trinity lost 68-51 at Region 8 champion Morgan County.
Revue and News 02-26-14