If not for about an 11-minute stretch of game time, Northwest Guilford's girls basketball team played evenly with visiting Southwest Guilford.
In that decisive 11 minutes in the first half, the Cowgirls outscored the Lady Vikings by 23 points, and that made all the difference as they topped Northwest 59-38 on Friday night.
The Lady Vikings (0-7, 0-2 Piedmont Triad Conference) came out strong early and grabbed a quick lead. A basket by Morgan Pointer gave Northwest a 2-1 advantage with 5:44 to go in the opening frame, and with 3:45 left in the quarter, Hayley Volpert's shot gave the Vikings a 7-4 advantage.
But then the Cowgirls (3-4, 1-0) found their range. Southwest closed the first quarter on a 15-3 run to grab a 19-10 edge. They kept the pressure on the defensive end and continued to make their shots en route to a 36-17 halftime advantage.
As the second half opened, Northwest kept pace with the Cowgirls. Led by Brandi Burrell, who scored all 13 of her points in the second half, the Lady Vikings managed to close the gap to 15 points before time ran out.
While Burrell led Northwest's scorers, Pointer added eight points. Southwest's Briana Burgins led all scorers with 23 points.