HPCA girls roll past Wesleyan

Jan. 29, 2013 @ 10:36 PM

A solid offense and a stingy defense keyed the High Point Christian girls to a 44-29 win Tuesday night at rival Wesleyan Christian.

Hailey Riffe scored 24 points, including 21 in the second half, while Alexa Crouch had 16, including 15 in the first half, to lead the Cougars (2-12, 1-2 PACIS 3A), who lost 46-35 in the teams’ previous game earlier this month.

HPCA hit from outside in the first half and attacked the basket well in the second half while the Trojans struggled to score against its 2-3 zone. That helped them build an 18-14 lead at halftime and stretch it to double-digits for much of the fourth quarter.

“It was a great win,” Cougars coach Jason Waller said. “We played a complete game, and that was the thing. When one person wasn’t really connecting well, we moved to somebody else. Everybody was clicking, and we played a great game. There weren’t too many negatives in this one. ...

“They were tired of losing. We’d lost 10 in a row. So, we were just tired of the losing skid. We were a player down, and they just stepped up. They knew how big the game was, they knew how they needed to play, and they just did it.”

Wesleyan (8-11, 1-4) had been working on facing man-to-man defenses in practice. So, to face a zone defense was a bit of a jolt, as its outside jumpers simply didn’t fall and the deficit continued to slowly grow.

“We need to learn to play coming from behind,” Trojans coach Matt Barber said, “because we don’t really get down a whole lot. In the games we’ve won, we haven’t gotten down by a significant amount and come back. I think tonight I think we got a little bit discouraged because we couldn’t get anything going offensively against their 2-3.”

Both teams play again Friday, with HPCA visiting Forsyth Country Day and Wesleyan traveling to Calvary Baptist.