Lady Cougars blow by Tigers

Stephanie King

With the start of conference play just a few days away, the Southwestern Randolph Cougars prepared by hosting cross-county foe Randleman. The Lady Cougars came into Tuesday’s game sporting a perfect 5-0 record, while the Lady Tigers were 0-1 on the season.

The Lady Cougars have played well all season and they showcased their skill on Tuesday against the Randolph would tack on six more points for an 8-0 lead before the Tigers put their first points on the board. Taylor Gantt knocked down a jumper for the Tigers first points, but Jessie Anne Lanier answered on the other end with a pair of free throws. Kaylee Sexton cut the led to six with a mid-range jumper off an assist from Emma Marlow late in the quarter. During the final minutes of the quarter Southwestern Randolph would close out the quarter with a 14-0 run including a three-ball from Ashton Maness. The Cougars would knock down 11 of 12 free throws in the first quarter for a 24-4 lead over the Tigers.

Randleman’s shooting struggles continued in the second half and much of it was due to the defensive play of the Cougars. Southwestern Randolph continued where they left off and went on another 14-0 run during the first six minutes of the second quarter. The Cougars shared the ball well with four of their six shots coming off assists. Kenzie Whitson put the Cougars up 37-4 with three points the old-fashioned way late in the quarter. A pair of free from throws from A. Maness would make it 39-4 with just over two minutes left in the quarter. Randleman scored their first point of the quarter at the free throw line at the 2:07 mark as Gantt knocked down one of two. After a bucket from the Cougars, Sexton would drain back to back threes to close out the quarter for the Tigers. At the half, Southwestern Randolph led 41-11.

Southwestern Randolph continued to shoot the ball well as they opened the third quarter on a 13-0 run. Whitson kicked things off with a three-ball from the left side of the floor to give the Cougars a 44-11 lead. A few minutes later Heaven Maness laid one in off an inbounds pass to put the Cougars in front 48-11. Lanier knocked down a pair of free throws and laid one in off an outlet pass from Sarah Crews. The Cougars would lead 54-11 when the Tigers scored their first points of the quarter off a three from Taylor Deaton. A. Maness would answer on the other end for the Cougars with a three off the backboard for a 57-14 lead. Gantt scored on a floater and made one of two free throws to cut the lead to 57-17. McKenzie Brundage was fouled as the clock hit zero and knocked down one of two free throws to give the Cougars a 58-17 lead at the end of the quarter.

With a running clock Randleman had no choice, but to try and find a way to score. Deaton and Gantt opened the quarter with back to back buckets to cut the lead to 58-21. A. Maness pulled up for two for the Cougars, but Gantt answered on the other end with a bucket. The Tigers ended the quarter with a rebound and put-back from Emma Marlow. Randleman outscored the Cougars 8-3 in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to catch the Cougars. Southwestern Randolph cruised to a 61-25 win over the Randleman Tigers.

Heaven Maness and Ashton Maness paced the Cougars with 12 points each, while Kenzie Whitson chipped in 9. Jessie Anne Lanier finished with 8 for the Cougars. Taylor Gantt led the Tigers with 10 points, while Kaylee Sexton added 8. Taylor Deaton finished with 5.

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