Andrews girls hold off Southwest, 63-53

Dec. 08, 2012 @ 02:04 AM

 The T.W. Andrews girls used a second-quarter run to build a double-digit lead and hung on dearly in the fourth quarter to stave off crosstown rival Southwest Guilford 63-53 on Friday night at Andrews.

Santia Davis scored 17 points to lead four double-figure scorers for the Red Raiders (5-0), who went on a 18-7 run to close the second quarter with a 34-23 lead after trailing by as many as three in the tight, back-and-forth early play.

“I think in the second quarter we saw that Southwest, despite their record and despite the kids they lost, is still an excellent basketball team,” Andrews coach John Shearin said. “They still have a good nucleus and outstanding coaches. Once we realized that, that those kids can play as well as we can, that woke us up and we realized that we had to execute and play good basketball.”

Imani Watkins also had 14, followed by Miriah Sanders with 13 and October Campbell with 10 for the Red Raiders, as Briana Burgins scored 23 and Kennedy Porter followed with 11 for the Cowgirls (1-4), who have faced a number of very tough opponents to open the year.

After trailing by as many as 13 midway through the third, Southwest rallied to within 45-36 after three quarters and scored on each of its first two possessions of the fourth to cut it to four. That would be the first of six times the Cowgirls would get within five but couldn’t pull any closer.

“I applaud my girls’ effort. They again came out hard,” Southwest coach Jessica Bryan said. “It’s the little things. We told them free throws, rebounding and taking care of the ball. We put outselves in position to attack the basket, get to the free-throw line late in the game and we shot 11 of 34 from the free-throw line. We’re not going to win ballgames like that.”

Both teams play again Tuesday, as Andrews plays at Thomasville while the Cowgirls host Western Guilford.