RALEIGH — Broughton coach Jeff Ferrell knows his Caps still needs to grow, but he was pleased with the way the team with just one returning starter from last season’s N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A runner-up team bounced back from its first conference loss.
After a 20-point loss to Millbrook last week, the Caps (10-3, 3-1 Cap Eight) started strong Tuesday and never let up to earn a 69-41 win at Sanderson.
“Millbrook is just so tough and they go 10 deep,” Ferrell said. “You see five guys go out and you see five guys that are just as good come back in and that’s tough. We’re not as deep as they are and we gave out of gas in that last two, three minutes of that game and it got a little out of hand for us.
“It was hugely important for us to really get back to some things that we haven’t been doing well, especially in the defensive end and trying to establish that part of the game,” he said. “We feel like if we can get that going then the other half of the court is going to be a little easier for us. Tonight we got a lot of steals and a lot of transition buckets as a result of it. I’m glad to see that.”
Cameron Gottfried, Broughton’s lone returning starter, jump-started the Caps with 10 first-quarter points as they used their defense and transition game to take a 25-10 lead after one period.
In the end, the Caps rode a balanced scoring attack. Four Broughton players contributed double-digit scoring, led by Roy McMillan’s 15 points. Gottfried finished with 14, and Jerome Robinson and Jaishon Spencer added 11 and 10, respectively.
Sanderson (7-7, 2-2) struggled to find open shots throughout the game, and despite outscoring the Caps 14-10 in the the second quarter after coach Mike Shaw was ejected with 5.2 seconds remaining in the first, the hole was too deep to make a considerable dent in the deficit.
Harrison Kuehn led the Spartans with eight points. Hunter Kuehn and Sam Johnson each added seven.