Back on track: Webb girls close Holiday Classic with win

Dec. 29, 2012 @ 12:04 AM

J.F. Webb coach Kenneth Rogers called his team’s previous two performances, losses against Granville Central and Franklinton, “kind of horrendous."

The Warriors (8-4) got back on the right track Friday with a 49-37 win over Northwest Halifax at the Southern Vance Holiday Classic.

Webb fell 43-24 to Franklinton on Day 1.

“It feels great to come in here and bounce back the way we did,” said Rogers. “Tonight we played intelligent basketball. It’s just a good win for us to see our girls come together as a team.”

Webb led 20-16 at halftime and 32-26 entering the third quarter.

Northwest made a push in the fourth, drawing within three points, but the Warriors responded with a 9-2 run with two baskets off the bench from Alia Jones.

“Anytime you answer another team’s comeback, it shows a lot about your character and your team,” Rogers said. “So it’s good to see us rebound from that. A lot of teams can make a run at you and you can’t fight it off. But tonight we were able to fight off that comeback.”

Starr Jones had a game-high 17 points for Webb. Freshman Nakiyah Bullock was also in double figures with 12. Janae Carroll had eight.

“When she’s focused and she’s aggressive, she’s one of the best basketball players in the area, there’s no doubt about it,” Rogers said of Jones.  “We really needed everything she gave us tonight.”

Rogers also said he was pleased with the play of seniors Carroll and Hattie Chavis.

“That’s what we need for a young team,” he said. “Every young team needs senior leadership.”

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