Cowboys, Cowgirls net victories
Coaches tend to dread games immediately following exam week. Toss in a snow day for good measure and Guy Shavers had reason to worry Tuesday night.
“It’s one of those games where I wasn’t real pleased, but I’ll take a win,” the Southwest Guilford boys coach said following his team’s 87-74 victory over Parkland. “We seemed to be all over the place.”
Southwest’s girls needn’t have worried about recent inactivity. A 25-2 first-quarter spurt paved the way to a 68-27 decision over the Mustangs. Kennedy Porter, Jessica Bridges and Ayana Rivers each scored 14 points for Southwest, while Briana Burgins tallied 11.
That quartet scored all 25 Southwest points in the first. The Cowgirls (10-5, 5-0 Piedmont Triad 4A) led 43-9 at the half.
“We were kind of rusty at practice yesterday,” Southwest coach Jessica Bryan said. “The girls turned it on that first quarter. I was able to sub in some people to get them some experience.”
The Cowboys made it a doubleheader sweep and improved to15-0 overall and 5-0 in the PTC thanks to a barrage of layups and a defense that forced 25 turnovers. Senior Terrell Leach proved explosive on his way to 30 points, while D.J. Chamblee provided a crucial spark in the second half when the Mustangs pulled within five points.
Chamblee drained four straight free throws – two after pressure defense forced a turnover – then added a fastbreak layup and runner in the lane.
“I was doing what my team needed me to do to get the win,” Chamblee said. “When we can’t score on offense, we definitely rely on our defense to score points.”
Parkland got no closer than five points, trailing by more than 20 most of the second half before a late surge narrowed the final margin to 13.
“We definitely needed a spark,” Shavers said of Chamblee’s play. “I asked him to get more aggressive, especially on the defensive end. Next thing I looked up, it was like 60-40.”
Southwest had no trouble scoring in the first quarter. Leach opened with a two-handed dunk and nailed back-to-back 3-pointers from the corner before throwing home an alley-oop dunk on a long pass from Chamblee. Leach’s acrobatics didn’t end there, as the 5-foot-10 guard wowed the crowd with a soaring putback slam of a missed free throw moments later.
Leach was content to let his teammates have some fun the rest of the way. K.J. Langley ended with 12 points and Michael Bryant had eight. All 13 players on the roster saw significant action, which will come in handy since the Cowboys play host to Northeast Guilford tonight before visiting Southern Alamance on Friday. Plenty of work remains before Southwest tries to run through the second half of the PTC season with a perfect record.
“I’m very concerned with how we looked in this game,” Shavers said. “Our focus is on sharing the ball and playing defense, and that was spotty tonight.”