Bishop girls outlast Mount Airy
This game got pretty rough, but Bishop McGuinness was able to hold on for the win.
The Lady Villains defeated the Lady Bears of Mount Airy 56-43 Friday night to move on to the fourth round of the NCHSAA 1A state playoffs.
After a well-played first half, things began to get a little wild in the second half. Both teams began playing rough and fouls were not called quite so often. Within the first three minutes of the third quarter, Mt. Airy was called for five fouls. Both teams combined for 12 fouls in the quarter.
Bishop was able to escape the quarter with a 34-28 lead.
In the fourth, Mt. Airy went on an early 8-2 run to pull within one at 39-38. After that, the Lady Villains put together an 11-0 run to pull away for good.
The two teams combined for a total of 30 fouls in the second half. Mt. Airy had four players foul out and Bishop McGuiness had one.
Cameron Nieters led the Lady Villains with 18 points in the game, 14 of which came in the second half.
Nieters was able to get many points in the post because of the large height difference between her and every Mt. Airy player. Coach Brian Robinson used that to his advantage.
“We were definitely trying to work it in the post more,” said Robinson. “Cameron came through big for us, especially there at the end.”
The Lady Villains were able to consistently make free throws once again. This was key in the fourth quarter where both teams reached the double bonus early. Bishop McGuiness shot 76 percent (23 of 30) from the line. Mt. Airy only shot 53 percent (8 of 15) for the game.
In the first half, Bishop McGuiness started out fast and took an early 7-0 lead. After a timeout, the Lady Bears responded with a 9-2 run to tie the game.
The second quarter was back and forth and Mt. Airy managed to outscore Bishop by a small margin of 11-8 to pull within three at the break.
Julia Brown led the Lady Villains in the first half with 10 points.