Bishop’s girls cruise past Winston-Salem Prep

Feb. 27, 2013 @ 10:40 PM

Bishop McGuinness looks like the seven time defending state champions. 

The Lady Villains defeated Winston-Salem Prep 61-28 on Wednesday night in the second round of the NCHSAA 1A state playoffs. 

Both teams got to the second round by taking down a team from the Yadkin Valley Conference. 

In the second half, Winston-Salem Prep went on an 11-0 run to start the half. Within the first 2:30 of the half, Winston-Salem scored more points than in the entire first half.

Winston-Salem Prep actually outscored Bishop McGuinness in the third quarter 16-13. Winston-Salem never got closer than 15 after its initial run. 

After Winston-Salem had scored seven unanswered to start the second half, Bishop McGuinness head coach Brian Robinson was forced to call a timeout.

“We had to refocus ourselves at that point,” Robinson said. “We were playing the scoreboard not the game and we had to get our focus back.”

While the second half was close, the first was a different story.

In the first half, the Lady Villains opened up with a 14-0 run before a free throw by Winston-Salem Prep got them on the scoreboard. The quarter ended with Bishop McGuiness up 20-1. Winston-Salem Prep also committed 12 turnovers in the first quarter. 

In the second quarter, the Lady Villains scored 13 of their 18 points from the free-throw line. 

Bishop McGuinness played very aggressive defense in the first half and forced 19 turnovers to build a 38-7 lead. 

For the game, the Lady Villains shot 32-percent (10-31) from the field but limited Winston-Salem Prep to only 19 percent (5-26) from the field. Most of the Villains’ points came from the free-throw line where they went 27 for 31. 

Tessa Johnston led all scorers for Bishop McGuinness with 12 points. 

Robinson is looking at this is just another win on the way to, hopefully, another championship.

“We showed we can play in a playoff environment with a young team,” Robinson said. “Every win is important during the playoffs.”

Bishop McGuinness moves on to face another Northwest Conference opponent in Mt. Airy on Friday in the third round of the tournament.