Webb girls can’t recover from slow start, fall 58-21

Dec. 19, 2012 @ 05:40 PM

J.F. Webb didn’t score a point until the 6:40 mark of the second quarter Tuesday and Granville Central cruised to a 58-21 win.

Webb coach Kenneth Rogers said his Warriors, who dropped to 7-3 on the season, didn’t let the game come to them.

“It seemed like the more we fell behind, the more we started to do things we don’t normally do,” said Rogers. “When you play a good team like Granville Central, you have to stay within your system.”

Granville Central led 14-0 after the first quarter and increased that lead to 17-0 before Amber Bowden finally got Webb on the board.

The Panthers took a 32-6 lead into halftime.

Rogers said the Panthers, led Tuesday by Keena Evans and Briona Blair, are the best team Webb has faced this season.

“They played their tempo. They have a smart basketball team,” said Rogers. “They understand what to do and when to do it, and why they’re doing certain things. So they really understand basketball.”

“At the same time, we didn’t bring our ‘A’ game tonight,” added Rogers. “I know for a fact we can play better basketball than that.”

Evans had a game-high 17 points for Granville Central and Blair finished with 15. Alexis Bailey added 11.

“They penetrated the gaps with their quickness that we didn’t match up with,” said Rogers. “They got the ball up and down the court pretty fast.”

Starr Jones led Webb with nine points.

Rogers said Jones has been the go-to player for the Warriors as of late and freshman center Jasmine Sneed has been strong, pulling down rebounds in addition to an 11-block game this season.

Webb returns to action at the Southern Vance holiday tourney Dec. 27-28.

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