Momentum often comes in peaks and valleys throughout four quarters of play. The Southwest girls made the most of a mountaintop experience Friday against Peach County.
A decisive scoring stretch in the second quarter powered the Patriots to a sizeable lead, and they didnt let go of it the rest of the way as Southwest beat Peach County 70-57 to force a logjam atop the GHSA Region 2-AAA standings.
The win improves Southwest to 7-2 in the region and prevented Peach County (8-2) from clinching first place in the region. The win also avenges one of Southwests two region losses this season. The only other team to beat Southwest in region play, Pike County, travels to Southwest on Tuesday.
Southwest broke open a close game with a 13-3 run, which helped the Patriots to 34-25 halftime lead. After that, Peach County never trailed by fewer than eight points.
Southwest found great success converting shots near the Peach County baseline in addition to creating and getting points off of turnovers.
We needed to get a comfort zone on them, Southwest head coach Willie Goolsby said. From then on, they had to chase us, and we were able to slow it down offensively and use up the clock.
Jazmine Burgan, who scored 13 points, started the scoring spurt with a 3-pointer, and a pair of NyAsia Holmes baskets sandwiched a Porcha Johnson score as Southwest led 30-21.
A jumper by Shakenya Peters, Southwests leading scorer with 25 points, capped the run.
Southwests scoring stretch came during a time in which it took advantage of Peach Countys leading scorer, Nausia Woolfolk, being on the bench after picking up her second foul of the game early in the second quarter.
Despite the foul trouble, Woolfolk finished with 20 points.
Peach County stopped its own comeback effort from the free-throw line, making 8-of-27 shots.
We couldnt make free throws; that was a big issue, Peach County head coach Maxine Cherry said. It we could have made half of them, we would have been in the ballgame.
The Southwest boys gave the Patriots a sweep as they fended off a furious rally in the final minute to win 69-67.
The Trojans, who trailed by 14 points entering the third quarter, drained multiple 3-pointers with less than a minute to play, only to come up two points shy of tying the game.
Darrell White, who drained three 3-point shots, scored 13 for Peach County with Avary Mitchells 18 points and 13 from Saire Davis also leading the Trojans.
Donovan Brown scored 24 points to lead Southwest, and Javoris Brooks had 20.