Cowgirls romp over Andrews
Southwest Guilford reaped a bounty by taking advantage of a High Point Andrews drought.
Holding the Red Raiders without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes, the host Cowgirls built an 18-point lead by early in the third quarter and went on to a 62-43 victory in the semifinals of the Sheetz Holiday Christmas Basketball Classic.
Southwest, which improved to 5-5, will face Western Guilford in the championship game today at 6 p.m. Andrews takes on Wesleyan in the third-place game at 3 p.m. Both contests are in the Jim Coggins Gym.
“Everything is clicking right now,” Southwest coach Jessica Bryan said. “I was proud of my girls’ effort and defensively and was very impressed with how they executed the offense. I think all of my players stepped up. They all contributed and it worked in our favor.”
The Andrews field goal drought lasted from the 1:12 mark of the first quarter Until the &:18 mark of the third quarter as they missed from the perimeter and in the paint. The Red Raiders mustered just six free throws over that span as the Southwest margin grew from five points to 18 as it fashioned a 7-0 run to start the second quarter and closed it with a 8-0 spurt.
Southwest led by 19 after the third quarter and pushed the margin to as much as 25.
“We were pretty aggressive defensively,” Bryan said. “I told them to keep their player in front of them that we don’t need to reach and we don’t need to steal, just to play straight up defense because Andrews is a team that attacks and is very athletic. If we could keep them out of the lane that was going to a key, and that’s exactly what the girls did tonight.”
On the other end of the floor, Southwest enjoyed most of its success getting the ball into the paint -- first by getting it to post players Ayana Rivers and Jessica Bridges in the first half and then on the strength of Kennedy Porter and Briana Burgins driving to the bucket in the second half.
Porter led the Cowgirls with 18 points. Burgins had 14, Rivers 14 and Bridges 6. October Campbell, with 15, was the only double-figurer scorer for Andrews.
“The last couple of games we’ve been relaxed offensively,” Bryan said. “I wanted them to push the tempo and get to the rim more than looking for the outside shots.”
In the championship game, Southwest will be facing Western for the third time his season and will be seeking to remain unbeaten against the Hornets.
“They are very aggressive and have very quick guards and very solid post play,” Bryan said. “If we play like we did tonight we should be OK but Western gave us pretty good game both times.”