Cowgirls turn back Tigers, 38-23

Jan. 05, 2013 @ 12:17 AM

The Southwest Guilford girls hoped they were past the inconsistent stage of their season. But they’re not quite there yet.

The Cowgirls struggled in beating rival Ragsdale 38-23 on Friday night at Southwest, but they pieced together enough at key points, as the Tigers also struggled.

“It was ugly,” Southwest coach Jessica Bryan said. “Our girls just did not play well. We were just a little inconsistent — and I think the girls know that, too. But we pulled it out.”

Bryan stopped short of calling it a step back. Instead, she was pleased that her team recognized that it was not its best performance and that it needed to focus on becoming a more consistent team, like how it played in winning the Sheetz holiday tournament last week.

"Like I've said before, it's been kind of inconsistent all season, but I was kind of hoping that the way we came off the Christmas tournament that it'd be smooth sailing," Bryan said. "It was just an inconsistent night.

"We just have to work hard in practice. The way you practice is the way you play."

Briana Burgins scored 16 points, followed by Aja Mott with eight and Kennedy Porter with six to lead the Cowgirls (7-5, 2-0 Piedmont Triad 4A), who led 8-2 after one quarter and 18-8 at halftime in its first game since the Sheetz tournament.

Mikayla Pettyjohn scored 11 points to lead Ragsdale (4-9, 1-2 PTC) as its lone double-figure scorer.

“If we could shoot worth a lick, we’d be OK,” Tigers coach Jerry Fuqua said. “And it isn’t for lack of working on it. We ran our offense and most of the time, we’d get the shot we wanted, but in the end if it doesn’t go in, it’s kind of a moot point.”

Both teams play again Tuesday, with Southwest hosting Glenn and Ragsdale hosting Northwest Guilford.