Southern boys wear down Ledford
The Southern Guilford boys’ plan is to wear down and frazzle teams with its 2-2-1 fullcourt defense. They did exactly that against Ledford in a 68-58 win Friday in Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference action at Southern.
The Storm steadily pulled away in the second half from a three-point halftime lead, building as large as an 18-point lead midway through the fourth, and held off the Panthers, who rallied within seven twice in the final minute, down the stretch.
“We just try to wear them down,” Southern coach Greg Thompson said. “We’re not looking to steal it every time. We’re looking to just grind them down, make them tired, make them make mistakes on their own. Sometimes our guys are so energetic that they want to push it.
“We want to push it (on offense). We want to get as many shots as we can. We started to hit the 3 better tonight and my point guard (Stevon Davis) played really well tonight.”
Davis scored 20 points followed by Shamar McColl with 16 and Jaqwan McCauley and Jalen Seegers with 11 apiece to lead the Storm (6-8, 1-0 MPC), who used an 11-6 spurt to open the third quarter to build on their 30-27 halftime lead and eventually lead 50-38 heading to the fourth.
Skylar McGee scored 16 points to lead the Panthers (6-8, 0-2 MPC) while Erik McSwain followed with 10 and Kevin Pressley added nine. The team’s second-half struggles, scoring just one field goal during the latter half of the third quarter, proved costly, coach Jonathan Leonard said.
“I thought during that third quarter, when we had a drought and couldn’t score, is what did it,” said Leonard, adding that he felt like his team played Southern's game, which led to the 10-point difference. “We’re a ball-control team. We gave up too many possessions. So, that’s what we have to learn from. We have to have better shot selection.
“Their 2-2-1 press, they knew how to work it. We’d get to the middle, take one pass and then make another pass, and then we’d just put up a shot instead of kicking it to our point and setting something up. … We never seemed like we were patient enough to get back and set soemthing up.”
Both teams play again Friday, with the Storm visiting Asheboro and the Panthers travelling to Southwestern Randolph.