Bobcats scratch past P.K. Yonge


Published: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Little love was lost on the court when the Buchholz girls basketball team defeated P.K. Yonge Friday night.

The Bobcats won 51-47 in a physical game that Buchholz coach Bryan Harris said was "like a wrestling match."

P.K. Yonge coach Willie Powers said the rough nature of the game was good for the Blue Wave heading into the postseason.

Buchholz improved to 23-2 and hasn't lost a game since P.K. Yonge defeated the Bobcats in overtime 51-50 on Dec. 29.

Buchholz guard DA Hilliard got the Bobcats offense rolling with its first eight points. She scored 14 points in the first half and finished the game with 17 when she fouled out with 2:33 remaining.

Her fellow senior captain and sister Deidra Hilliard had 11 points and eight rebounds.

"They've been doing it all year long for us," Harris said. "They show great composure out there. DA did, and then when she fouled out, Deidra showed that same composure in running the offense."

Buchholz's Wilamina Hopkins collected 13 rebounds and had 13 points, many on putbacks of her eight offensive rebounds.

P.K. Yonge's offense was led by Crystal Johnson and Jakerra Bonds with 11 points apiece. Bonds also had seven rebounds.

In the Blue Wave frontcourt, Kayla James swatted five shots and nabbed five rebounds. Andrea Potter led P.K. Yonge in rebounds with nine.

"It was a big night for Kayla and Andrea," Powers said. "They had to play tough under the basket, and they'll see a lot of that in the playoffs."

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