Girls Basketball: No. 12 Northwest Guilford cruises past Southwest Guilford 64-44 on the road

High Point, N.C. — No. 12 Northwest Guilford went on the road and defeated Southwest Guilford 64-44 behind three seniors scoring in double figures.

“We came out flat the first half and I think it showed,” said Northwest Guilford head coach Haley Hackett. “Second half, we held more of a spark with a little bit more defensive intensity and we were able to pull away … (For) the second game of the season, I’m pleased with them.”

The visiting Vikings would possess a 15-10 advantage after the opening stanza. Senior center Megan Harkey would be a force inside all night long, but she led all scorers in the frame with six points.

Northwest would stretch its lead out to 13 going into halftime at 32-19 after outscoring Southwest 17-9 in the second quarter. Harkey continued to dominate inside for Hackett’s side, as the Xavier commit registered eight points in the frame. Fellow senior Thalia Carter added five points of her own in the quarter, include a half court heave at the buzzer that banked in.

The third Northwest senior to reach double figures on a Tuesday was Reagan Kargo. The shooting guard sunk three triples in the third quarter to help the Vikings stretch their lead out to 50-29 after three quarters of play.

Despite Southwest outscoring Northwest 15-14 in the fourth quarter, the Vikings went on to win by 20 (64-44) to hand the Cowgirls their second straight home loss.

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Key Players

Megan Harkey (Northwest Guilford Sr.) – Totaled a game-high of 21 points in the Vikings’ road win on Tuesday night. 14 of Harkey’s 21 came in the first half.

Tiir Nyok (Southwest Guilford Jr.) – Was the Cowgirls leading scorers in Tuesday’s loss with 10 points.

Reagan Kargo (Northwest Guilford Sr.) – The senior guard knocked down four three pointers en route to a 15-point night.

What Does It Mean?

Northwest Guilford opened its season on Saturday with a 54-38 win over Asheville on a neutral court (Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at UNCA). Tuesday, the Vikings picked up a 20-point victory for their first road win of the 2019-20 season.

Northwest went 6-1 on the road last winter with its only loss coming at West Forsyth (eventual 4A state champions) in the fourth round of the playoffs.

Northwest Guilford is 19-12 against Southwest Guilford dating back to 2006. The Vikings have won the last 11 in the head-to-head series.

After winning its first two games, Southwest Guilford has dropped two consecutive decisions. It will not get any easier for the Cowgirls, as No. 11 Ragsdale is set to come to “The Ranch” later this week.

What’s Next?

No. 12 Northwest Guilford (2-0) is set to host Eastern Guilford on Wednesday night in its home opener.

Southwest Guilford (2-2) hosts No. 11 Ragsdale on Friday night in what will be the third consecutive game for the Cowgirls against a team ranked in the HighSchoolOT Top 25 West girls basketball poll.

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