Explosive start propels Lady Raiders

Dec. 28, 2012 @ 11:36 PM

Southern Vance rebounded from a sluggish start Thursday against Northwest Halifax and ran away with a 58-28 win.

The Raiders (11-1) had no such trouble in the early stages of Friday’s match with Bartlett Yancey at Southern’s Holiday Classic. The home team jumped out to a 10-0 lead, stretched the advantage to 34-5 by halftime and won 51-14.

“The ladies did pretty good, trying to push the ball down the court, trying to get fired up about the game,” said Southern coach Amy Simpson. “I appreciate the effort for the (Holiday Classic) and hopefully we can get ready to start conference play.”

The Raiders start 3-A Carolina league action at home to crosstown rival Northern Vance Jan. 11 before visiting a strong Chapel Hill team the following week. Simpson said those next two games will serve as a measuring stick for Southern.

“Those are the kind of games it isn’t hard to get up for because of the environment, the rivalry,” Simpson said of the Northern match. “I just want to make sure we remember we have to do the simple things to build our way up to play against those two (teams).”

Carslin Talley led Southern Friday with 16 points. Rashyda Burwell had nine and Kiyanna Kearney finished with eight points and six rebounds.

“Carslin stepped up big for us with her layups and continuously trying to get on the free throw line,” said Simpson.

Breona Jones paced the Raiders with 15 points and six assists Thursday. Talley and Moesha Sneed both had seven points.

Simpson said she was pleased with the play of Mikayla Sellers, not normally expected to produce offensively. She finished with six points and seven rebounds.

“She had the initiative to get out there and want to score tonight,” Simpson said Thursday.

In other Holiday Classic action Friday, Franklinton defeated Rocky Mount Prep.


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