PINETOPS – The SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars have found themselves following the same scenario that last year's team did during Eastern Plains Conference action. The Cougars started the season hot and then after the new year rolls in and conference action heats up, they fall victim to conference opponents.
The same thing has happened this year through four conference games and Friday was no different. The Beddingfield Bruins attacked the Cougars in the second quarter and trapped them on the defensive end to force five straight turnovers, which led to nine straight points for the Bruins. Beddingfield added another run in the second to extend their lead as the Cougars tried to play catchup the rest of the night, but SouthWest fell short and lost 71-63.
"We started playing scared and frantic in the second quarter and we got away from our game plan," Cougars coach Anthony Burns said. "Every quarter except the second we got the ball inside and were able to score. I am not sure what happened in the second because we just got away from doing that and I don't exactly know why."
SouthWest (12-6, 1-3 Eastern Plains Conference) was able to use entry passes to different players around the foul line to score in the first quarter, but in the second, they got away from that and started using the wings and corners to try and enter the ball. That's when Beddingfield started trapping on defense and forced SouthWest to turn the ball over.
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