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Ledford girls pound Asheboro

Ledford’s Mackenzie Cranford (right) looks to make a pass against Asheboro on Thursday night in Wallburg. (Photo by Mike Duprez/The Dispatch)

Ledford’s girls beat North Forsyth 83-8 on Tuesday.

Thursday’s home game with Mid-Piedmont Conference foe Asheboro was a little closer, but not much.

The Panthers raced to a 13-2 lead and, despite an off shooting night, rolled to a 49-16 victory over the Blue Comets. Leigh Ann Midkiff was dominant in the paint, leading a balanced Ledford attack with 14 points.

Ledford coach John Ralls, despite the easy win, certainly saw some room for improvement. “It wasn’t terrific offensive execution,” Ralls said. “We did better with a little bit of (defensive) pressure, creating a little more pace in the game.

“And getting it up and down, we did better when we did that. We did a nice job defensively, we just never got much going on the offensive end.”

Against the Comets, the Panthers didn’t have to do much. Asheboro, under former East Davidson coach Terry Allmon, struggled mightily from the floor — even missing a steady parade of layups throughout the game.

“We just can’t shoot the ball very good,” Allmon conceded. “We had some chances early to make some baskets, and just didn’t do it.

“And if you don’t take advantage of everything you get against this team (Ledford), it’s gonna be a long night. They’re just good.”

Emmalee Thomas added eight points for the Panthers, who stayed atop the Mid-Piedmont Conference standings at 3-0, 13-3. Asheboro fell to 2-1, 4-10.

Ledford visits Southwestern Randolph on Tuesday in a battle of the two unbeatens in the girls’ race.

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