Ashley coach Webster Guthrie is building his team's confidence, step by step and game by game.
Ashley's Tyre Gathright makes it around South Brunswick's Andrew Mosely on Friday, Jan. 24, 2015. Gathright put up 24 points.
The coach got production from deep into the roster Friday night and a typically-stellar performance from Tyre Gathright in a 67-36 home win over South Brunswick.
Gathright finished with 24 points and Jake Stinnett added 11, including a pair of 3-pointers, for the Screaming Eagles (8-8, 4-3 Mideastern).
"I thought early we executed well and it allowed us to get a lot of guys in," Guthrie said. "A lot of guys have been working hard in practice. They deserved to get some minutes.
"I think we shot the ball pretty well. In the first half we were 13-for-23. Shot about 60 percent."
Guthrie also noted his club's position as the stretch run to the postseason heats up.
"I like where we're at," he said. "We had a tough West (Brunswick) team (and) took them to the wire.
"We've really been working to get to that level where we can play these top teams. I think our guys are getting a little confidence with that."
Brandon Gonzalez paced the Cougars (3-14, 0-7) with 13 points, featuring three 3-pointers. He also pulled down a team-high six rebounds.
Gathright really stepped on the accelerator late in the third period with a string of two 3-pointers and a 3-point play.
His play gave the Eagles a 52-26 edge.