The Hillsboro girls and boys took advantage of playing at home to beat both Brentwood teams Friday in the District 11-AAA semifinals.
The Hillsboro boys won 44-40 in overtime to upset Brentwood (25-3), which went 10-0 in the district in the regular season.
“We played them in overtime earlier and lost that game,” Hillsboro coach Rodney Thweatt said of a 48-44 loss on Jan. 11. “That was about as close as they came to losing. They’re a hard team to beat. They have good players, and I just respect them. My whole team stepped up, it wasn’t just one guy.”
Jamontae Davis scored 18 points to lead Hillsboro (22-6), and Cody Shelton led Brentwood with 15 points.
Hillsboro will play Independence at 8:30 tonight in the championship at Hillsboro, and Brentwood will play Ravenwood at 5:30 in the consolation. All four teams will advance to next week’s Region 6-AAA tournament.
The Hillsboro girls beat Brentwood 52-38.
Hillsboro, Brentwood and Independence ended the regular-season in a three-way tie for first at 8-2, and Hillsboro and Brentwood had split two meetings.
Hillsboro (26-5) will play Independence tonight at 7 in the championship, and Brentwood (15-12) will play Franklin in the consolation at 4 p.m.
“I think we came out focused, ready to play, and prepared to handle Brentwood’s game,” Hillsboro coach Cherish Stringfield said. “I knew they’d make a run. The key was just withstanding the runs I knew they’d put on us.”
Hillsboro took a 31-28 lead at halftime, then started the third quarter with a 9-1 run sparked by Nichole Clark’s two 3-pointers.
Stringfield said that at halftime she told her team: “We can’t worry about Brentwood making runs or calls not always going our way. We have to focus on what we can control, which is our effort and energy. We have to come out in the second half and take this game.”
The Lady Burros jumped out to a 17-9 first-quarter lead thanks to the strong inside play of center Nicole Bowers, who finished with 11 points.
Brentwood closed the first half on an 8-0 run behind the strong shooting and passing of Paige Parker, who finished with 10 points.
Hillsboro kept Brentwood at a distance by hitting free throws.
Tariana Carter led the Burros with 13 points, and Olivia Shealy led Brentwood with 11.
Independence 41, Frankl
in 35: Hannah Winters scored 16 points for Independence (19-8).
Independence 51, Rave
nwood 47: Vic Wharton III scored 18 points for Independence (18-9).