GIRLS: Bryant's perfection at line leads Salisbury to victory
CARY -- Salisbury's Kyla Bryant was automatic at the line late to give her Hornets the win. Bryant was 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the final minutes to put Salisbury in the fifth-place game of the John Wall Invitational Wonderland Bracket with a 47-42 win over Millbrook. The Hornets will face North Pitt at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, while the Wildcats get Clayton in the seventh-place contest at 10 a.m. Neither team could garner separation in the first half, which ended in six lead changes and a 23-23 tie. A combined 11 players scored, including seven for Millbrook. Salisbury changed the narrative in the third quarter with a 9-0 run, including a Makayla Noble 3-pointer and four points from Kyla Bryant. Millbrook fought back, eventually tying the game at 37 on a 3-pointer from Ariana Morris with 5:52 to play. Neither team could get going offensively as the score stayed the same until Haley Dalton hit a pair of free throws with 2:43 left for Salisbury. The game remained close and Reychel Douglas brought Millbrook within 43-42 with 39.4 seconds left on a putback. Undaunted, Bryant hit four more free throws to keep the Wildcats at bay. Bryant finished with 21 points, five rebounds and four steals with Makayla Noble adding 16 points and five rebounds. For Millbrook, Douglas had 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals.