The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

November 25, 2013

Lady Cougars lose 1st game of season


TARBORO — The SouthWest Edgecombe Lady Cougars have had trouble winning basketball games over the last several years. Wednesday's game changed all of that when they defeated Greene Central in their season opener, but Friday they ran into a buzz saw when they were defeated 52-25 by the Nash Central Lady Bulldogs.

Freshman guard Teleyah Owens led the Cougars with eight points, while juniors  Montana York and NiAsia McDowell both added six apiece and freshman guard Tia Farmer chipped in four.

"We played hard the whole game," Cougars coach Sandra Langley said. "We are going to have some growing pains and tonight showed."

SouthWest was down 28-16 at halftime, but when they came out for the third quarter, they froze on the offensive end of the floor. Nash Central outscored them 12-2 in that quarter, which gave the Bulldogs a comfortable lead.

The Cougars failed to move without the ball in the second half and they couldn't get any type of momentum to swing back in their favor. Despite missing the easy shots, they began rushing shots and trying to force passes.

"We missed a lot of shots in the third quarter and that hurt us in the second half because we got behind by a large margin," Langley said. "Not scoring against a team like Nash Central can cause problems."

SouthWest shot 9 for 29 from the free throw line and they were 7 for 21 in the first half alone.

The Cougars played without sophomore forward Sydney Gould. She will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Langley said it happened in practice earlier in the week and she will definitely miss Gould on the defensive end of the floor because of her rebounding ability.