Ledford’s girls ground Asheboro, 64-22
There’s a reason Ledford is favored to win this tournament.
The Ledford Panthers girls’ basketball team defeated the Asheboro Blue Comets 64-22 Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference Tournament.
Ledford dominated Asheboro in all aspects of the game. The Panthers played tough defense and forced 33 turnovers from the Blue Comets.
Ledford led by as many as 49 in the second half.
The Panthers also had nine of their fourteen players score at least once.
The Panthers were able to pull away from Asheboro using two 14-0 runs and a 13-0 run. Each run came at the beginning of the first three quarters.
In the third quarter, the Panthers forced 11 turnovers and limited Asheboro to only four points.
Ledford led 36-10 at halftime. Kinci Smith had most of Asheboro’s points with 6. Emmalee Thomas had nearly half of Ledford’s 36 points with 15 herself, including three 3-pointers in the first quarter. Thomas finished with 23 points for the game.
Courtney Callicutt was able to contribute on the offensive side for Ledford with 16 points.
Asheboro could not get to half court easily to run the offense against the Ledford pressure. The Blue Comets missed their first six shots of the game and did not score until the 2:53 mark of the first quarter. Many of these shots were desperate and had little chance of making it in.
The Panthers forced 15 turnovers in the half.
Coach John Ralls isn’t looking at this as the biggest win of the season, but he does see it as important.
“It was a really good win,” said Ralls. “It’s going to help us get ready to play Friday and we didn’t play our starters quite as much so they should be more rested.”
The Panthers move on to face the winner of Southwestern Randolph and Southern Guilford on Friday in the finals of the conference tournament at Ledford High School.