Southeast Guilford 55
East Davidson 34
from the Lexington Dispatch and Jason Queen reporting…….
WALLBURG…For a brief stretch, East Davidson’s girls were able to hang right there with Southeast Guilford.
But it takes 32 good minutes to beat the Falcons.
Southeast was simply too strong in every facet and pulled away to a
55-34 victory in the semifinals of the NewBridge Bank Christmas Classic
on Wednesday at Ledford. The Falcons (11-1) will face tournament host
Ledford in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
East didn’t score until Jennifer Welborn hit a free throw with 1:32 to
play in the first quarter. Ariel Grimsley helped East storm all the way
back to tie it up at 15-15 with 3:01 left in the first half. But the
Falcons used a full-court press to harry the Eagles’ ballhandlers, and
Southeast just had too many weapons for East to keep up.
Down 25-19 at the half, East coach Don Corry called timeout 15 seconds
into the Eagles’ opening possession after they came out of the locker
room. It was that kind of night. “We were completely out of sync,” Corry
said. “Everything we talked about and everything we wanted to do, we
“We weren’t sharp, we weren’t going through things like we were supposed
After losing to Central Davidson in last year’s tournament opener,
blowing a 16-point lead in the process, Southeast coach Shawyn Newton
was thrilled to return to the finals for the first time in four years.
“We’re glad to represent, and come over here and have a good showing,”
Newton said. “The girls will be excited; we’ll bring our ‘A’ game.
“If it’s the home team (Ledford), we know we’ve got to bring
Guard Kara Shutt poured in a game-high 20 points for the Falcons. Kenya
Hailey added nine points and Kayla Upshaw had eight. Leading 28-25 early
in the third quarter, that three-headed monster sparked a 7-0 run that
gave the Falcons a 35-25 advantage. The Eagles never recovered, scoring
only two points in the fourth quarter.
East (8-4) was led by Jordan Isom and Lori Morgan, who scored eight