Southern girls bounce back, beat Webb

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 02:15 AM

Bouncing back isn’t something Southern Vance is accustomed to.

But that’s what the Lady Raiders (14-2, 3-1 Carolina Conference) had to do Tuesday against J.F. Webb, having lost their last time out against Chapel Hill.

Webb played Southern tough for a quarter before the Raiders pulled away, ultimately winning 60-33.

“You always look for the bounce-back game,” said Southern coach Amy Simpson. “You want to get back on track and try to refocus.”

The Chapel Hill game was Southern’s first big test since losing its only other game at Greensboro Smith earlier in the season. Chapel Hill, which has one loss overall, topped the Raiders, 65-46.

Simpson said her still team still needs to work on defense.

“I still feel like we’re getting kind of crushed on the rebound end,” she said.

Southern also struggled to get out in transition against Webb, which trailed 10-5 after the first quarter.

“That first quarter they kind of set the tempo for how the game was going to be played, letting us know it was going to be easy,” said Simpson.

Southern outscored the visitors 20-7 in the second quarter and led 51-18 entering the fourth.

Rashyda Burwell led the Raiders with 16 points, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers.

“She’s playing pretty tough right now. She’s coming on when we need her,” said Simpson. “It helps us out because it frees things up to get inside. Then they respect you a little more and have to come out and play you.”

Breona Jones had 11 points and six assists for the Raiders.

Janae Carroll led Webb with 10 points.

Southern is back in action Thursday at Rocky Mount Prep. The Warriors host Cardinal Gibbons Friday.

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