Cowgirls cruise past Tigers

Feb. 01, 2013 @ 11:20 PM


After a disjointed first half, the Southwest Guilford girls played much more solidly defensively, got into transition for easy baskets and shot the ball much better in the second half en route to a 57-29 win Friday at rival Ragsdale.
“It’s always good to win,” Cowgirls coach Jessica Bryan said. “I was pleased with my girls’ overall effort. We started off kind of slow in the first half, and I just told them at halftime that we have to put the pressure on them.
“We were rushing a little in our offense (in the first half) and we needed to slow some things down. And their best player was killing us the first half, and once we put somebody on her one-on-one I think that helped.”
Trailing 21-18 at halftime, the Tigers cut it to two early in the third before Southwest (13-5, 7-0 Piedmont Triad 4A) finished the quarter on an 18-4 run to lead 39-23 heading to the fourth. It led by 20 most of the final quarter.
Briana Burgins finished with 17 points and, as one of the Cowgirls’ top defenders, helped shut down Ragsdale’s top scorer in the second half. Aja Mott also had 15 points, including four 3-pointers, while Kennedy Porter and Jessica Bridges each had nine.
“In the first half, we turned the ball over, we couldn’t catch it and our shots weren’t falling,” said Burgins, a junior guard. “But in the second half, we turned it up defensively, started boxing out and getting more rebounds and looking for our fastbreak and secondary and started scoring more off it.”
Mikayla Pettyjohn, who came back after missing the Tigers’ last game with a concussion, scored 12 points while Keller Dixon added seven for Ragsdale (6-12, 3-6 PTC), who went on an 11-4 run to close the second to trail by three.
“At halftime I felt really good,” Tigers coach Jerry Fuqua said. “We started slowly but even as the first quarter progressed we weren’t getting real behind. Then we hit that shot at the end of the half and we’re down three.
“I thought we started the third quarter in decent shape, but it was like we were all coming down the floor and four wheels fell off the wagon. Who knows — I can’t explain it. I know we’re young, but that excuse has gotten old because we’re 80 percent through the season.”
Ragsdale plays again Monday at home against Parkland while Southwest plays Tuesday at Glenn.