Cowgirls hold off Glenn, 52-49
When it seemed as if the Cowgirls had a commanding lead, the Deonna Young and the Bobcats came crawling back.
But Briana Burgins had 20 points and seven rebounds for Southwest Guilford to hold off Piedmont Triad 4A Conference opponent Glenn, 52-49, Tuesday night to win its fifth consecutive game.
“We were really sloppy all night with an exception to the third quarter,” head coach Jessica Bryan said. “We lost intensity and didn’t take care of the ball, but we were able to use that third quarter to give us enough.”
The Cowgirls enjoyed several double-digit leads before Young and the Bobcats took advantage of Southwest’s 24 turnovers on the night. Young had a game-high 24 points, including five 3-pointers to keep Glenn within striking distance, but the Bobcats were unable to take care of the ball, either, committing 27 turnovers.
“Glenn is a very good team they can score well. I don’t know if it was that we were tired or if it was they were just hitting big shots. But we really need to cut back on our turnovers,” Burgins said. “Defensively, we forced them to shoot a lot outside and packed it in, in the paint.”
Glenn shot 13 of 32 from the field on the night, while Southwest was 16 of 40.
“We’ve been really inconsistent all season. We’re going to have to take better care of the ball, be more patient, and be even more aggressive,” Bryan said.
Both teams started the game disorganized and struggled to find any offensive continuity. After a handful of turnovers on either side of the floor, and each coach calling a 30 second timeout to regroup – Southwest went on a 14-0 run to build a double-digit lead. Burgins started the run with a four-point play, of a 3-pointer and a foul shot.
But the lead was shortly lived by the Cowgirls. Glenn was able to force 11 first half turnovers to stay within reach. Deonna Young hit a pair of field goals and a 3-pointer to cut Southwest’s lead to just one by half.
In the second half, the Bobcats got a 15-point deficit down to three under two minutes remaining, but did not have enough steam to pull out a win. Burgins and Kennedy Porter (14 points) made sure of no such comeback.
“We were glad to get the win but there is definitely room for improvement. If we do what we’re supposed to do, we’ll be ok. But we need to take care of the ball better and play defense like we’re supposed to.” Burgins said.
Southwest improveD to 8-5 overall and sits atop the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference at 3-0. Glenn dropped to 6-8 overall and 1-2 in the PTC.