Lady Raiders’ comeback falls short against Cardinal Gibbons
It seemed Southern Vance had all the momentum it could ask for Tuesday, but the Raiders couldn’t turn it into a lead and Cardinal Gibbons pulled away for a 57-49 win.
The Crusaders clinched at least second place in the 3-A Carolina Conference behind Chapel Hill, having swept the regular season series with Southern, which dropped to 5-4 in league play.
The Lady Raiders trailed by as many a 12 Tuesday before staging a Senior Night rally that got them within a point with just under three minutes to play.
“We just ran out of energy, ran out of steam,” said Southern coach Amy Simpson. “We came back and showed a good fight for the second half. We just couldn’t get over the hump.”
The Crusaders scored 11 of their 14 fourth quarter points at the free throw line, shooting 11-of-14.
“We kept putting them on the free throw line and that was the main turning point of this game,” said Simpson. “You can’t put a great shooting team on the free throw line because that’s where they’re going to hurt you.”
Gibbons’ Morgan Reid scored 11 of her 20 bench points at the free throw line.
Post player Madison Beuris had 14 points for the Crusaders and 13 rebounds.
“She’s gotten a lot stronger and a lot better scoring points on the inside, very consistent and patient on offense,” said Simpson.
Gibbons led 32-19 at halftime and 43-31 entering the fourth quarter.
The Raiders got within a point on a Breona Jones drive to the bucket with a finish off the glass. Jones had a game-high 21 points.
Carslin Talley, one of two seniors, had 11 points.
“She brings a lot of hustle,” Simpson said of Talley. “She’s a pretty good scorer. She’s definitely going to be one that will be greatly missed by our team next year.”
Tiara Jordan, a first-year player, is the other Raider senior.
“She brings a lot of speed,” said Simpson. “She’s a hard worker in practice. I’m just thankful she was able to join the team this year.”
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