Cowboys, Bison post semifinal wins
The Southwest Guilford boys had to go to Plan B, and it worked pretty well.
After trying to play uptempo against Thomasville, the Cowboys instead used a zone defense and opportune offense to fend off the Bulldogs for a 79-64 win Friday in the semifinals of the Sheetz Holiday Christmas Classic at Southwest.
Rick Mack scored 18 points to lead Southwest (7-3), who trailed by nine in the first quarter but rallied to lead 33-29 at halftime. D.J. Chamblee added 15 points and 11 rebounds while Kameron Langley followed with 15 points and seven rebounds.
“Usually, we like to run, but it looked like they were going to out-athlete us at every position,” Cowboys coach Guy Shavers said. “So, I kind of switched up strategy to make them play from the outside, make them shoot. ...
“Overall, I’ll take it any way we can get it, but it was a little ugly at times for what we like to do. Plus, we couldn’t get an outside shot to fall down. But the way we play we can get back in games.”
Southwest, the defending tournament champion, will face High Point Central in the championship tonight at 7:30 in the Jim Coggins Gym at Southwest.
Brian McElveen scored 20 points while Cedric Green followed with 14 to lead Thomasville (2-6), which trailed by 13 midway through the third but pulled within one with 5:09 left in the game.
But that’s as close as the Bulldogs — who had just eight players and two fouled out — got, as the Cowboys answered with five straight points and got it back to a double-digit lead with under two minutes left.
“The critical point in the ballgame was when we hit the free throw to cut it to one,” Thomasville coach Gil Maxwell said. “We never could get something to fall our way, and it seemed like they got the breaks — and good teams do that.
“I thought these were two good basketball teams, going after one another.
They made their breaks, and we just couldn’t get anything to drop. I thought both teams played hard. I can live with the effort — I don’t like the outcome, but I can live with the effort.”
HP CENTRAL BOYS 69, HOKE COUNTY 62
HIGH POINT — The High Point Central boys pulled away in the third quarter and held on in the fourth to beat Hoke County 69-62 on Friday in the semifinals of the Sheetz Holiday Christmas Classic at Southwest Guilford.
Michal Seals scored 19 points to lead the Bison (7-2), who used opened the third quarter on an 18-2 run to erase a 25-24 halftime deficit. They outscored Hoke 24-9 in the third quarter and led by as many as 16 in the second half.
KeShawn Shaw-Willis scored 18 to lead Hoke, which thrice cut the deficit to seven in the final one minute, 13 seconds. But that was as close as it came.
Central will play crosstown rival Southwest Guilford in the tournament championship tonight at 7:30 at Southwest.
ANDREWS GIRLS 84, WESTERN GUILFORD 43
HIGH POINT — Keyed by their intense defensive pressure and quick offense, the T.W. Andrews girls raced past Western Guilford 84-43 on Friday in the semifinals of the Sheetz Holiday Christmas Classic at Southwest Guilford.
Imani Watkins, a Binghamton signee, scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Red Raiders (6-3), who led 21-9 and 48-20 at halftime. Shamisha Farabee added 13 points while Brie Grier and Destiny Timberlake each followed with 11.
Deja Everett and Nadia Curry each scored 12 points for the Hornets, who, during one stretch early in the second, struggled to get past their own free-throw line and yielded a flurry of quick, easy baskets. Andrews will play in the tournament championship tonight at 6 in the Jim Coggins Gym at Southwest.
SW GUILFORD GIRLS 75, SOUTHERN GUILFORD 31
HIGH POINT — A strong first half propelled the Southwest Guilford girls past Southern Guilford 75-31 on Friday in the semifinals of the Sheetz Holiday Christmas Classic at Southwest.
Briana Burgins scored 25 points to lead the Cowgirls (8-2), who led 16-8 after one quarter and 34-8 at halftime. Lashonda Monk added 14, while Jenea Rogers followed with 13.
Khayla Miller scored nine points to lead the Storm.
Southwest will play crosstown rival T.W. Andrews in the tournament championship tonight at 6 in Southwest’s Jim Coggins Gym.
WESLEYAN GIRLS 59, HP CENTRAL 33
HIGH POINT — Ebony Zappone led a balanced attack with 14 points as Wesleyan Christian Academy’s girls topped High Point Central 59-33 in the consolation bracket of the Sheetz Holiday Christmas Classic on Friday at Southwest.
Nicole Mackey added nine points for the Trojans, while Jessica Willard had eight.
Shea Maness paced the Bisonwith 11 points, while Kierra Currie had nine.
NORTH DAVIDSON BOYS 70, CALDWELL ACADEMY 46
HIGH POINT — Caleb Moore scored 15 points and Brandon Easter added 10 as North Davidson’s boys topped Caldwell Academy 70-46 in the consolation bracket of the Sheetz Holiday Christmas Classic on Friday at Southwest.
Jordan Harris led Caldwell with 13 points and Guy Pittman had 11.
CALDWELL ACADEMY GIRLS 59, GRACE CHRISTIAN 44
HIGH POINT — Peyton Kadlecek tallied 21 points and Meghan Speckman added 13 as Caldwell Academy’s girls beatGrace Christian Academy 59-44 in the consolation bracket of the Sheetz Holiday Christmas Classic on Friday at Southwest.
Carol-Anne Obusek led Grace Christian with 15 points.
SW GUILFORD 84, N. DAVIDSON 61
HIGH POINT — Southwest Guilford steadily built its advantage and turned back North Davidon 84-61 in the Sheetz Holiday Christmas Classic on Thursday.
The host Cowboys led by four after one period, eight after two and 18 after three.
Ben Ferguson led Southwest with 13 while Kameron Langley added 12 and D.J. Chamblee 11.
Quindarius Cunningham and Brandon McCray scored 10 each for North.
HOKE COUNTY 91, ANDREWS 85
HIGH POINT – High Point Andrews rallied to force overtime then fell to Hoke Co. in the opening round of the Sheetz Holiday Christmas Claassic.
Hoke Co. outscored the Red Raiders 15-7 in the extra peirod to escape, 91-85.
Xavier Davis led Andrews with 26 points. Chris Eastmon had 19 and Marquez Welch 16.
The Red Raiders trailed by five after the first period, took a one-point lead into the locker room at half, then trailed by two entering the final period.