HPCA girls fall to SouthLake

Jan. 14, 2013 @ 10:29 PM

The High Point Christian girls played a strong first half but couldn’t quite keep it going, as SouthLake Christian overcome a second-quarter deficit to hand the Cougars a 57-41 non-conference loss Monday at High Point Christian.

“First half, they played very well,” first-year HPCA coach Jason Waller said. “I thought overall they played very hard, very well. We’re still young, still trying to know the ins and outs of basketball. But overall I thought they played well.

“I liked their intensity, for one. They moved the ball well, and they themselves moved well. They’re really starting to get the point that most of their work happens before they even get the ball. So, they’re starting to move very off the ball and did that well in the first half.”

Alexa Crouch and Hailey Riffe each scored 14 points while Faith Dunaway followed with six to lead the Cougars (1-9), who led 20-15 midway through the second quarter before SouthLake took a 32-22 lead into halftime.

Giselle Verville scored 23 points while Kianna Funderburk added 14 and Janay Sanders had 10 to lead SouthLake, which finished the first half on a 17-4 run and slowly stretched its lead to 17 in the third quarter and 19 in the fourth.

“In the second half, I think they just got tired,” Waller said. “Realistically, I can play about six girls. So, that’s tough because they get so tired so quickly. I think, in the second half, that’s what it was — they just got so tired and worn out. But they’re getting better and I’m proud of them.”

HPCA returns to PACIS 3A play Friday at Calvary Baptist.