Hall accepts role as Miller runs to title game

first_imgBut then the Wells sisters arrived. Junior Lola Wells transferred in from Jurupa Valley and her little sister Chloe, a freshman, enrolled at Miller as well. The Wells sisters are oozing with speed and talent, seemingly challenging Hall’s hold on the Rebels. No problem. Hall dribbled and shot a little less and passed a lot more, like in Tuesday night’s 61-48 playoff win at Fontana High School against Etiwanda. The victory has catapulted the Rebels into the CIF-Southern Section title game on either Friday or Saturday against Norco at The Walter Pyramid in Long Beach. Although Hall played her newly adopted team game in the first three quarters Tuesday night, she turned it on offensively in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 of her 15 points. “I knew I had to step it up,” she said. “I wasn’t contributing very much until then. Everybody else was playing well, but it was time for me to pick up my game.” With her team ahead 40-34, Hall drained a 3-pointer from beyond the top of the circle, putting her team ahead by nine. FONTANA – Briana Hall checked her ego at the door this season. By the end of last season, it seemed Hall would be the unchallenged star and leader of the Miller girls basketball team in 2006-2007. center_img “That 3-pointer got me going,” Hall said. Miller coach Mel Wilkins had nothing but praise for Hall. “Everyone knows this is her team,” he said. “But she’s had to make a lot of sacrifices this year with the new girls coming in. But when it’s crunch time, we know who to go to.” At 5:13, Etiwanda forward Lyneeka Boyd muscled for a short bank shot to pull the Eagles within six points. Miller missed a shot at the other end and Etiwanda grabbed the rebound, but immediately threw the ball away. Then the omnipresent Hall made another field goal and the Rebels (29-2) zoomed away again to win their 19th consecutive game and earn the program’s first berth in a section title game. It was a disappointing loss for Etiwanda (24-6), which had a 10-game winning streak snapped. In the end, too many missed Eagle free throws and layups, as well as mistakes against the Rebels’ pressure defense did in Etiwanda. “They have four absolutely tremendous guards,” Etiwanda coach Robert Siler said. “We did the best we could, but we’d get close and then they’d hit a 3. “We tried to keep the game at our pace and thought that if we could keep it in the high 40s or low 50s we’d have a chance, but every once in a while we’d start playing their game and throw it away.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more