Red Raiders sprint past Cowgirls
The T.W. Andrews girls basketball team used a second-quarter rally to overcome a slow start and defeat Southwest Guilford 64-51 Tuesday night, sweeping the season series between the teams and keeping the Red Raiders undefeated on the season.
Santia Davis scored a game-high 20 points, after being held scoreless in the first quarter, followed by October Campbell with 10 points.
“We still struggle from the beginning and we are looking to correct that,” head coach John Shearin said. “Southwest came prepared tonight and tried to take away the things we like to do best.”
Andrews shot 19 of 40 from the field and 8 of 17 from 3-point range – getting many of its points off of the 16 Southwest turnovers.
“Our press and our defense did very well tonight and attributed to our high-percentage shooting,” Shearin said.
After getting off to a slow start, Andrews changed around its defense in the second quarter, using a full-court trap press, and outscored Southwest 21-9. The Red Raiders used a 15-4 run and forced 10 first-half turnovers to regain the lead for the remainder of the game.
With only a seven-point lead at halftime, Andrews kept up its full-court pressure to force four more additional turnovers and outscored Southwest 23-6 in the third. Davis scored 11 of her 20 points in the third quarter.
“She has really become the force of this team and has carried it on her shoulders,” Shearin said. “I’m proud that she bounced back after that first quarter. The second half she really started to see those shots fall.”
Andrews recorded its eighth victory of the season without a loss and its second victory over Southwest this season. The Red Raiders knocked off the Cowgirls by only 10 two weeks ago.
“There are still many challenges that we face, and we’ll have to correct them,” Shearin said. “I’d like to see us be able to defend in other areas than just the full-court press.”
Meanwhile, Southwest Guilford was unable to even its record, slipping to 3-5 overall. The Cowgirls were led by Briana Burgins with 19 points and Kennedy Porter with 15.