Cowboys, Cowgirls net wins
Terrell Leach has heard a lot of crowds roar in his time playing basketball for Southwest Guilford. But the cheer from the student section when the PA announcer called his name for the pre-game senior night festivities may have been the loudest.
Leach scored 32 points on 12-of-23 shooting to lead the Cowboys to their 21st victory without a loss this season, clinching the Piedmont Triad Conference regular season title 93-85 over East Forsyth.
“It felt great to get the win on senior night. Last year we weren’t able to do that. Our fans have been great this year and this win meant a lot.” Leach said.
The Cowboys led by as many as 15 midway through the fourth quarter, but East Forsyth’s Larry Curry hit a couple of big shots to put the Eagles back in the game. Curry finished with 26 points.
“We both like to pressure the ball and run the court and that makes for a high scoring game. We knew we were going to give up baskets tonight.” Head coach Guy Shavers said.
East Forsyth jumped out to an early 10-0 lead hitting its first five shots. Shavers burned a timeout with 5:44 in the first quarter to reorganize his team and switch to a zone defense. Southwest responded by going to Leach, who scored 17 first half points.
In the third quarter, again, the Eagles jumped out to a lead early in the quarter only to be stopped by a Cowboy surge of offense. Eagle turnovers led to easy points for Leach and company.
“I was pleased with our performance. We were really resilient tonight. It was a physical game and we aren’t the most physical team.” Shaver said.
K.J. Langley and DJ Chamblee chipped in 11 and 14 points, respectfully in the win.
Southwest (21-0, 10-0) has three games remaining on its regular season schedule before the conference and NCSIAA tournaments. Tuesday the Cowboys play High Point Central.
East Forsyth slipped to 11-11, 6-4 PTC.
COWGIRLS CLINCH REGULAR-SEASON CROWN
Southwest clinched the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference regular-season title by holding off East Forsyth 40-36 on senior night.
Up by as many as 13 points, the Cowgirls let the Eagles surge back in the fourth quarter, but were able to stop the comeback short with a couple of foul shots late in the game.
Senior Aja Mott led all scorers with 17 points for the Cowgirls, who have won 13 games in a row. Southwest (15-5, 10-0 PTC) has three games remaining on its schedule, including two conference games.
East Forsyth (7-14, 5-5 PTC) was led by Charena Kearns with 14 points.