The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


November 27, 2013

Cougars boys win; girls fall

PINETOPS — PINETOPS – SouthWest Edgecombe came to play, but they didn't have a lot of energy during the first half. After a halftime speech where Cougars coach Anthony Burns told his team they needed to play with more energy on both ends of the floor, the Cougars opened up their lead in the second half with that extra energy and went on to defeat Southern Nash 67-54.

"We started out slow energy wise, but we picked it up," Burns said. "We had more energy in the second half and that helped us maintain the lead."

Quontellas Norwood was all over the place on both ends of the floor. He had a game-high 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. He was instrumental on the defensive end inside the paint contesting Firebird shots.

"Quontellas played hard for us on both ends of the floor," Burns said. "It is early in the season, but he is learning at a rapid pace and is doing really well for us."

SouthWest took a 26-24 halftime lead behind the play of Norwood, Antonio Dickens and Jason Jones. They led the Cougars offensively, but there were a couple of spurts in the half where they turned the ball over and Burns addressed his concerns at halftime.

"We talked at halftime and I told them we were lacking energy and we needed more," Burns said. "Our offense and defense was lacking things and that came from not having the energy I expected them to during the first half."

In the second half, the Cougars maintained the lead and turned the pressure up in the fourth quarter when Devonte Williams got hot. He scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter. He hit a big three midway through the quarter to give the Cougars an eight point lead.

SouthWest shot 11 of 15 from the free throw line and they turned the ball over 20 times and forced Southern Nash to turn it over 28 times.

The Cougars took advantage of the Firebird miscues and scored 16 points off of turnovers.

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