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Cougars cruise to win over Patriots

Stephanie King

After facing off last Friday, the Lady Patriots of Providence Grove welcomed the Southwestern Randolph Lady Cougars for a rematch. Providence Grove entered the game 1-3 on the season and was looking to avenge a 51-39 loss to the Cougars on Friday. Southwestern Randolph came into the game 4-0 on the season and was looking to stay undefeated and complete the sweep over the Patriots.

Southwestern Randolph won the tipoff and wasted no time taking the early lead in this one. Providence Grove tied the game with a pull-up jumper from Madison Dark, but a score down low by Sarah Crews gave the Cougars a 4-2 lead. Avery Browder worked hard down in the post for the Patriots and scored to tie the game at 4 all. Malea Garrison gave the Patriots their first lead of the night as she scored on a fastbreak assist from Kaitlin Sexton. A three from the Cougars put them back in front by one, but Dark answered on the other end with a three for the Patriots.

Jordan Claborn scored down in the post for the Cougars as they tied the game at 9 all. Another pull up jumper from Dark put the Patriots in front 11-9 and Browder followed up with a rebound putback as the Patriots took a 13-9 lead. A three from Ashton Maness pulled the Cougars within one before Browder took a trip to the foul line. She made one of two as Providence Grove took a 14-2 lead. After a Claborn drew a charge on the Patriots, Southwestern Randolph scored the final bucket of the quarter to tie the game at 14 all.

Heaven Maness opened the second quarter with a steal but was unable to convert the excellent defensive play into points. Makayla McClain scored her first bucket as the Patriots took a 16-14 lead. Southwestern Randolph tied the game once more before the Patriots got a three from Sexton for a 19-16 lead. Crews cut the lead to one for the Cougars before Browder scored down in the post to extend the Patriots lead. Southwestern Randolph answered with an 18-0 run to take a 36-21 lead. A three from Garrison cut the lead to twelve for the Patriots. Crews knocked down one of two at the line to close out the second quarter. At the half, Southwestern Randolph led 37-24.

Providence Grove opened the third quarter with a bucket to cut the lead to eleven, but the Lady Cougars responded to push their lead back to thirteen. Back to back buckets from McKenzie Brundage and Crews extended the Cougars’ lead to 17 before a three-point play from Browder cut the lead back to fourteen. After a bucket from Crews, the Lady Patriots managed to cut the lead back to thirteen with a three and then down to eleven with a bucket from Sexton. Southwestern Randolph went on an 8-0 run for a 53-34 lead before Dark ended the run with a three. H. Maness went coast to coast for the score and gave the Cougars a 55-37 lead. Back to back buckets from Garrison and Dark cut the lead to fourteen by the end of the quarter. After three complete quarters, Southwestern Randolph led 55-41.

Crews extended the Lady Cougars’ lead to sixteen at the start of the fourth quarter, but a jumper from Dark and a pair of free throws from Browder cut the lead to twelve for PG. Crews continued to have the hot hand for the Cougars as she drained a jumper and knocked down a pair at the charity stripe to push the Cougars’ lead back out to sixteen. A nifty up and under move from Browder cut the lead to fourteen for the Patriots. H. Maness found an opening in the lane and drove for the score as she put the Cougars in front 63-47. Providence Grove managed to cut the lead back to thirteen on back to back buckets from Dark and Browder. Claborn knocked down a pair at the line for the Cougars as they extended their lead to fifteen. It would be evenly matched scoring wise the rest of the way as the Cougars got the win 68-55 over the Patriots.

Leading the way for the Cougars was Heaven Maness who finished with 22 points. Sarah Crews added 15 points, while Jordan Claborn chipped in 14. For the Patriots, Madison Dark led the way with 20 points, while Avery Browder notched 14. Malea Garrison finished with 9. The Patriots will travel to Asheboro on Wednesday, while Southwestern Randolph will host the Randleman Tigers.

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