Prep Hoops: Ledford girls find way to win against Asheboro
How the Ledford girls got to the outcome of a 58-54 win over Asheboro Friday night was quite unusual. They will take unusual every time as long as it translates to a Mid-Piedmont Conference victory.
Ledford scored the first eight points, taking advantage of shaky ballhandling by the Blue Comet backcourt. It was the first of many strange runs that were rarely answered.
The response by the Blue Comets was an 11-0 spurt to close out the first period. Courtney Callicutt tied the score with a 3-point play eight seconds into the second frame, but along came another 11-0 run by Asheboro to double up LHS. Sticking with the theme of the night, the visitors closed the half on a 7-0 run, putting them up 33-16.
It was not a fun time in the Lady Panther locker room during the 10 minute intermission.
“We talked about the fact that they took it to us,” said coach Chris Doby. “They seemed to outwork us and wanted it more than we did. We seemed satisfied after scoring eight points and decided to take a break. We challenged them to either accept the fact they are better than us, or prove that we are better than what we showed.”
Doby got his answer to what they wanted to do rapidly.
Needing only five minutes to erase the deficit, Ledford put on a defensive clinic, scoring in the open floor and ripping off a 18-1 run to tie the game at 34-34. LHS held a six-point lead after three quarters.
“The third quarter may be as good of a defensive performance we've had all year,” Doby said. “When we decided to play defense, our offense picked up.”
Mackenzie Cranford tacked on two more points in the fourth, but a 6-0 run had it down to two with six minutes left.
It remained tight to the end. Mikayla Trogdon gave the Blue Comets 54-53 edge with a free throw. A driving layup by Alyssa Doby reversed the lead, with Allie Fischer hitting a free throw and Cranford two more to wrap up the four-point victory.
“I am proud of the girls for not giving up,” said Doby. “They fought the whole time and did everything we asked of them in that third quarter.”
Ledford remains perfect in the league at 5-0, and an overall record of 13-4. Cranford wound up with 20 points and Julia Carroll 18.
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