Cowgirls once again undefeated in PTC regular season

Feb. 18, 2014 @ 02:21 AM

The Southwest Guilford girls wasted little time in rolling past host High Point Central 61-23 on Monday evening and finishing off their fourth straight undefeated conference season.

Lashonda Monk scored 16 points to lead the Cowgirls (21-2, 10-0 Piedmont Triad 4A), who have only one regular-season loss (against Northwest Guilford in 2009-10) over the last five seasons in which they’ve won five conference crowns.

Jazmine Wilson added nine points, as Southwest’s defense forced turnovers that led to easy transition baskets. It jumped to a 15-5 lead at the end of one quarter, 34-15 at halftime and led by as many as 39 in the fourth quarter.

“I felt like we played pretty good, considering we’ve been off the last few days,” Cowgirls coach Nick Scarborough said. “I think we did a good job defensively, a lot of pressure. I think that was the key to getting them into the flow of the game. Everything else fed off that.

“I think tonight was a good game to get back into the stretch run of the season. With the days off for the weather, that was the big concern – we didn’t have a chance to practice and came right into the game today. That showed a lot of mental toughness as we move forward.”

Kierra Currie scored nine points, while Caroline Gibson added five to lead the Bison (0-22, 0-9 PTC), who have been rebuilding the last two seasons from virtually nothing but have slowly and steadily seen signs of progress as they continue to grow.

“We did see some improvement,” Bison coach Ben Free said of the season. “We’ve been very competitive. A lot of our problem this year has just been finishing games. With not a lot of experience, they’re just learning.

“We competed in many games this year. Last year, we have very few because we were just trying to survive. But this year has been more competitive. We’ve had chances to win in conference and nonconference, so that’s good to see.”

Central finishes its season tonight at Ragsdale, while the Cowgirls next play Wednesday in the weather-shorted PTC tournament at Ragsdale.