Girls Basketball: Hicks‘ 23 pushes Southern Guilford past Western Guilford, 46-35

SUMNER, N.C. — Senior Selina Hicks scored a game-high 23 points to lead Southern Guilford past Western Guilford in its home opener, 46-35.

“They played as a team tonight and gave 100% effort,” said Southern Guilford head coach Kelly Smith. “We talk about in our team huddles and in practice everyday giving 100% effort all the time. That’s an intangible we can bring to the floor no matter what or who we’re playing.”

Southern Guilford led the game wire-to-wire en route to its first home victory of the 2019-20 campaign.

Junior Emily Morgan sparked the Storm’s offense early but draining two three-point baskets, which helped Southern possess a 9-3 lead at the conclusion of the opening stanza.

Southern outscored Western 10-9 in the second quarter to take a 19-12 lead into intermission. Freshman Ella Butler scored all nine of the Hornets’ points in the frame. Butler needed to step up in a big way for the visitors to help remain in striking distance after senior Jemoni Carter went to the bench with her third personal foul in the frame.

Southern put the game out of reach in the third quarter by beating out Western 15-8 in the frame. The Hornets did win the fourth quarter scoring margin by one (13-12), but it wasn’t enough to ever pull within single digits.

Hicks took over the game in the second half. The senior scored 13 of her 23 points after the break to help carry Southern Guilford to an 11-point victory (46-35).

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Key Players

Selina Hicks (Southern Guilford Sr.) – Paced the Storm and all scorers with 23 points, including four made three pointers. 13 of Hicks’ 23 came in the second half.

Ella Butler (Western Guilford Fr.) – Finished with 18 points to lead the Hornets in scoring on Monday night.

Emily Morgan (Southern Guilford Jr.) – Was second on Southern in scoring with 13 points, including three made triples. Morgan left the game halfway through the fourth quarter with a right ankle injury.

Jemoni Carter (Western Guilford Sr.) – Complimented Butler’s 18-point night with 13 of her own. Half (nine) of Carter’s points came from the foul line on 13 attempts.

What Does It Mean?

Monday was the second time the two schools have met this season and with Southern Guilford’s win, that means the regular season series was split.

Western Guilford protecting its home floor on Nov. 20 by earning a 45-31 victory. Southern avenged that double digit defeat with a 46-35 win at home.

The Storm have won 12 of the last 13 meetings. The Hornets’ only win over this 13-game stretch was back on Nov. 22.

Southern has now won its last two contests, while Western is riding a two-game losing skid that includes an overtime loss to Grimsley on Nov. 26 (48-45).

What’s Next?

Southern Guilford (2-2) will welcome Providence Grove to “The Furnace” on Tuesday night for the second meeting between the two schools this season.

Western Guilford (2-2) is set to host Caldwell Academy on Thursday night with hopes of snapping a two game slide.

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