Southwest Guilford takes two from Eastern
It was clear Friday night that Eastern Guilford was a good all-around girls basketball team. Its opponent, which hasn’t lost in a month, was just a little bit better.
Southwest Guilford’s Lashonda Monk, a freshman, hit the game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Cowgirls a 61-60 victory Friday night, and their first victory of 2014. Down by one point, Monk took the inbound pass with 4.9 seconds remaining and hit a 10-foot floater in the lane to seal the Cowgirls 10th victory this season.
In the boys game, Southwest rolled over the Wildcats 67-50.
“We went with a box-and-one, ran it a little differently, and I was able to make the shot – it’s a pretty cool feeling.” Monk said. She finished with 13 points, one of three Cowgirls who finished with double-digit scoring figures (Briana Burgins, 16, Jenea Rogers, 14)
Eastern Guilford (8-5), which had trailed for the entire game, took the lead early in the fourth quarter, but allowed the Cowgirls to hit shots late in the game. The Wildcats missed four of its last five free throw attempts — its best shot to hand Southwest a loss.
“Those games are always better when you win them.” First year head coach Nick Scarborough said with a smile.
Scarborough was relieved to get the win after his team came out red-hot. Senior Briana Burgins scored 12 points in the first quarter and Southwest jumped out to an early 26-13 lead, looking as if the game would be in Southwest’s control. The Cowgirls shot 12-of-19 in the first quarter.
However, Eastern installed a 2-2-1 full-court press in the second quarter, forcing several turnovers and whittled the Cowgirl’s lead down to four by halftime.
“Their coach puts players in position to be successful and their defense was successful. I think the pressure rattled us at times, but we slowly got better.” Scarborough said.
Jenea Rogers, the Cowgirls inside scorer was a major force in the third quarter scoring eight of her 14 points on the night. She picked up the slack for Burgins, who was held scoreless in the second half.
“We’re playing well and we’re in the right direction, but there are a lot of things we can still improve on.” Scarborough said.
Southwest plays Friday at Glenn to open up Piedmont Triad 4A conference play.
COWBOYS RACE PAST WILDCATS
HIGH POINT — Southwest Guilford head coach Guy Shavers likes to talk about the rhythm of a basketball game and how important it is for his Cowboys to be successful in winning. His team lacked a little bit of it Friday night against Eastern Guilford but it was able to pull out a 67-50 victory, its fourth straight.
Without its leading scorer D.J. Chamblee, who was limited to playing only two quarters due to disciplinary reasons, the Cowboys were still able to cruise to a 17 point win.
“We had a few guys playing in different positions that messed up our rotation but I thought we played well. We got some good guard play tonight that allowed us to play a little up tempo.” Shavers said.
Freshman guard Kameron Langley scored 10 points and sophomore forward Kaymon Mitchell recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way for Southwest.
Coming off its Sheetz Holiday Classic championship last week, the Cowboys jumped out to an early lead in the first half. The backcourt of KJ and Kameron Langley created seven first half turnovers, many of them leading to long outlet passes for easy layups.
Southwest was up by 14 points before halftime.
“We love to run. We need to make up for some of the lack of size that we have, so I tell our guys to play fast, but not in a hurry.” Shavers said.
Tyliek Brister was the beneficiary of many of the Wildcat turnovers, recording 11 points in the second quarter, along with Mitchell, who ran the floor as the Cowboys big man.
“I was very impressed with [Kaymon] tonight. He’s been great giving us another rebounder and finishing around the basket.” Shavers said.
Defensively Southwest was able to hold Eastern to its lowest scoring game of the season, and well below its 71 points per game average.
Coincidentally, Eastern was without its best player Quayson Williams, who was averaging 20 points per game.
“We can’t think about their personnel, we just have to play our game.” Mitchell said. “I’m working on getting better, making shots and becoming a more versatile player.”
Southwest shot the ball particularly well finishing 27-of-50 for 54 percent. Often times a 3-point shooting team, it was limited to just one 3-ball by Ben Ferguson, who finished with nine points.
“I thought our shooting was good but we have to work on it. We made a lot of rebounds tonight and finished well around the basket, but there is still room for improvement.” Shavers said.
“I thought the games against Page and Greensboro Day (both SWG losses), really helped us in a number of different ways. You have to play stiff competition to gear up for conference play. Eastern is a very athletic, good basketball team. Unfortunately they were without one of their top players tonight.”
Two games against Wheatmore (Monday) and Southeast Guilford (Wednesday) stand between the Cowboys and their first Piedmont Triad 4A conference game, which will be against Glenn on Friday night, in Kernersville.