The Cowboys stayed on the road, this time Southwest headed over to face off against the Hornets of Western Guilford.
The Cowboys wanted to get a win in the all important early stages of this tough Metro 4A League. Could Southwest shooting woes finally be resolved?
After a couple of miscues which led to some easy baskets for the Hornets, the home team led 4-0. A made basket by the visiting Cowboys momentarily stopped the bleeding, but not the momentum. A blink later and the hosts were up 7-2. The Cowboys seemed to wake themselves up and found a way to start putting some possessions together. Picking up the tempo of the game led to turnovers and good looks at the basket, and in a blur the Cowboys ended the frame on a 13-0 run to close out the stanza up 15-7.
The second quarter was back and forth as the Hornets would not let the Cowboys completely pull away, and a deep three pointer just before the buzzer gave Western the edge for the frame and shrunk the margin to 28-22 in favor of the Cowboys.
Coming out of the break, the short-handed Cowboys did everything you’re not supposed to. Settling for quick bad shots, and defensive indifference got the hosting Hornets rilled back up and in the ball game. After a timeout, the Cowboys got back into rhythm. Defensive stops, forcing turnovers, and open looks at the basket were the formula for the visitors to close the frame up 48-36.
In the final frame the Cowboys managed to keep enough distance and hold on despite the flurry of the relentless Hornets in the stanza. In the end the visitors held on for the road conference win with a 67-54 score.
The Hornets were led by Lamont Sewell with 16 points. Southwest was paced by Amarya Huggins (15, 4 Asts, 4 Rebs, 3 Stls), Henry Giant‘s Double-Double (13, 10 Rebs, 2 Blks, Ast, Stl), Troy Scarborough with (12, 4 Rebs, 3 Asts, 2 Blks, 2 Stls), and Noah Goldston with (12, 3 Asts, 3 Stls, 3 Rebs)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Western 07 15 14 18 54 Southwest 15 13 20 19 67
Payton Bush 10
TJ Smith 4
Zach Bass 12
Denzell Leavelle 3
Cameron Lyons 1
LJ Murphy 5
Lamont Sewell 16
Jasiah Cheek 2
Amarya Huggins 15, 4 Asts, 4 Rebs, 3 Stls
Kenny Miller 1, Ast
Troy Scarborough 12, 4 Rebs, 3 Asts, 2 Blks, 2 Stls
Noah Goldston 12, 3 Asts, 3 Stls, 3 Rebs
Henry Giant 13, 10 Rebs, 2 Blks, Ast, Stl
Jaeden Watkins 4, 2 Rebs, Ast, Stl
Christian Bennett 4, 7 Rebs, 4 Stls, 3 Asts
Masson Drabik 6, 3 Rebs, 2 Stls
Corbin Wilson 2 Rebs, 2 Stls, Blk
Courtesy of Southwest Guilford head boys basketball coach, Greg Vlazny