Villains top Cowgirls
The Bishop McGuinness girls wasted little time in taking it to Southwest Guilford in a battle of two of the state’s top basketball programs.
The Villains scored the first 16 points of the game, thanks in large part to a quick transition offense, deft shooting inside and outside and a stifling defense, and rolled to a 52-29 win Thursday night at Bishop McGuinness.
“It was good to good to see us get off to such a good start, especially Julia Brown,” Villains coach Brian Robinson said. “That’s two games in a row Julia’s gotten off to a really good start. I thought she set the tone early about getting the ball inside and having that physical presence down there.”
Brown scored 18 points to lead Bishop (2-1), which has won seven straight NCHSAA 1A state titles. She scored 16 in the first half — including the first eight of the game to help build a 19-2 lead after one and 31-7 lead at halftime.
“Our goal really was to kick it off from the beginning,” said Brown, a junior forward. “We wanted to throw it at them from the beginning so they wouldn’t be able to get back with us. One of our challenges earlier was not coming out so strong. So our personal goal was to start off with energy that nobody can match and I think we did that.
“I don’t really tend to look at the scoreboard much, but I just knew that we kept scoring and scoring and scoring. That was a really good feeling. And everyone was contributing really well — the whole bench was yelling. We were playing really well as a team and meshing so well. It was just a really great feeling to have.”
McKenzie Rochford followed with nine points on three 3-pointers while Cameron Nieters and Tia Cappuccio each had six for the Villains, who return to Northwest 1A/2A Conference action tonight at home against North Stokes.
Briana Burgins scored eight points while Jenea Rogers had seven to lead the Cowgirls (1-3), who won the 4A state title two seasons ago and reached the regional semifinals last year. Duncan Hackney and Aja Mott each added five.
“The first half we didn’t come out with intensity,” Southwest coach Jessica Bryan said. “We came out kind of flat. The second half I thought we did a better job. We were more aggressive, attacked the basket and were able to get to the free-throw line. I think if we’d done that in the first half, it would’ve been more of a competitive game.
“Bishop’s a very good team, very disciplined. It was good for us to go against them — it only makes us better. I thought my team’s second-half performance was a lot better. I was pleased with their fight, their attitude and just continuing to execute and work on the things we need to continue to work on.”
The Cowgirls did have better results in the second half, scoring 15 points in the final quarter. But, while both teams ran their set offenses well, Southwest, which visits crosstown rivalAndrews tonight, simply couldn’t match Bishop’s ability to finish.
“We were running the offense, getting some outside shots, but they weren’t falling and we weren’t aggressive in getting to the basket,” Bryan said. “Bishop was hitting the outside shot, attacking the basket, and we didn’t do a very good job in the transition defense in the first half. So they were able to get some easy shots.”