Southwest girls fall to Dudley

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 12:47 AM

The Southwest Guilford girls saw exactly what they can’t do if they want to be a good team. Turnovers and missed opportunities were too much to overcome against a talented Dudley team in a 55-23 loss Saturday in the Headliners Challenge at Wheatmore.

“We need to continue to get better,” coach Jessica Bryan said. “We dug ourselves a hole – we had six turnovers from the get-go. Free throws were another thing – we were 1 for 12 in the first half and trailed by 11 at halftime.

“It’s stuff that we’ve been stressing based on our team. We don’t have anybody who can take over. So, we have to play really good team ball. We’ve got to do the little things correctly and execute. And we didn’t do those things tonight.”

Dudley, taking advantage of its intense pressure defense, scored the first eight points of the game. The Cowgirls stayed within 10-2 after one quarter and 19-8 at halftime. But Dudley took full control in the second half, leading 42-17 after the third quarter and cruising to the win. 

“I think the girls recognize the things we’ve talked about at the beginning of the season, with taking care of the basketball,” Bryan said. “We’ve got to make our free throws, and we’ve got to box out and rebound.

“Those are three things we have to do consistently well every night. And if we don’t this tonight is what is going to happen.”

Briana Burgins scored 10 points to lead the Cowgirls (0-1), who play again Friday at Southeast Guilford, while Jessica Bridges followed with seven. Kennedy Currie scored 15 to lead the Panthers, while Kiara Harrison added nine.