Southwest girls pull away from Ragsdale
A 25-point swing in the second quarter of Friday’s game between Southwest Guilford and Ragsdale quickly turned a hotly-contested rivalry game into a 69-40 blowout win for the Cowgirls.
After Ragsdale jumped out to a 11-3 lead at the start, Southwest’s press created havoc for the Tigers and helped the Cowgirls forge a 34-19 halftime advantage.
“The goal was to try to stay as active as possible and speed them up,” Cowgirls coach Nick Scarboro said. “Fortunately, we were also able to hit some shots.”
Briana Burgins and Lashonda Monk led the way for Southwest (17-2, 6-0) with 20 points each. Through a stretch in the second quarter, the Cowgirls knocked down 3-pointers on four consecutive possessions, allowing the team to build a comfortable lead heading into the break.
“This is one of the biggest rivalries in Guilford County,” Burgins said, noting the intensity of both teams on the floor. “At the beginning, we were kind of slow in our rotations, but once we started playing the way we are supposed to, we were able to get points off (our defense) and that worked in our favor.”
The Tigers (10-8, 2-4) came out the gate with great intensity before falling victim to the barrage of long-range shooting.
“I felt we were able to improve our chemistry over at Glenn the other night, and it carried over,” Ragsdale coach Jerry Fuqua said. “In the fourth quarter, we drew within 10. I was proud of our effort from start to finish. We just made some poor decisions from start to finish. In our position, a lot of things just have to go right for you to win.”