Prep girls: Cougars collect tourney title with strong defense

ASHEBORO – The Southwestern Randolph girls’ basketball team didn’t need big offensive numbers to win the Christmas Invitational last week.

The Cougars handled things with their defense.

So the outcome was three victories in three days in the tournament at Asheboro High School.

The Cougars finished their tournament run by controlling West Brunswick 45-30 in Friday night’s title game. West Brunswick was held to 10 second-half points after a 20-20 halftime score.

Jordin George of Southwestern Randolph was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. She scored 11 points in the West Brunswick game.

Maddie Strider was the top scorer for the Cougars in the championship game with 14 points.

Southwestern Randolph, which improved to 11-1 this season, outscored the Trojans 20-5 at the free-throw line.

The Cougars defeated North Carolina Leadership Academy 66-25 and Providence Grove 42-31 on the first two days of the tournament. This marked the second year in a row that Southwestern Randolph won an eight-team holiday tournament.

Providence Grove opened this year’s tournament by drubbing Asheboro 60-23.

Randleman fell 55-42 to Eastern Guilford in the event’s first game, while Trinity lost 48-15 to West Brunswick later on Day 1.

In consolation games, Randleman stopped Trinity 49-10, while Asheboro edged North Carolina Leadership Academy 52-48.

In the third-place game, Eastern Guilford defeated Providence Grove 62-36. Fifth place went to Randleman with a 41-38 victory against Asheboro. North Carolina Leadership Academy beat Trinity 43-11 for seventh place.

By Randolph Record