Southeast bounces Cowgirls from playoffs

Feb. 26, 2013 @ 12:28 AM

The Southwest Guilford girls could never really get it going against Southeast Guilford.

The Cowgirls, seeded fourth, had a couple nice stretches but couldn’t counter a couple tough runs by the Falcons, seeded 13th, in falling 52-41 on Monday in the first round of the NCHSAA 4A playoffs at Southwest Guilford.

“We played in spurts,” Southwest coach Jessica Bryan said. “I think the second quarter killed us the most. But I was proud of my girls’ overall effort. We’ve overcome a lot this year, and I think we’ve improved, which says a lot. I wanted to make sure that tonight’s game didn’t define our season.”

Briana Burgins scored 15 points while Jenea Rogers added 10 for the Cowgirls, who finished 19-8 after sweeping the Piedmont Triad 4A regular season but fell in the PTC tournament finals. Kenya Hailey scored 18 to lead Southeast.

The Falcons scored the final 11 points of the second quarter to lead 29-18 at halftime. Then, after the Cowgirls rallied within three in the third quarter, they pulled away for good in the fourth, opening the final eight minutes on a 13-4 run.

“We had some breakdowns defensively,” Bryan said. “They did a good job attacking, finding the open man and making shots. They were aggressive. ...

“Things just didn’t way,” she said, describing the final stretch of the season. “Going into the tournament and state playoffs, a lot of it could be luck going your way. And things just didn’t go our way this year.”