Lady Raiders roll over Orange, prep for Chapel Hill

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 09:20 PM

Southern Vance, Chapel Hill and Cardinal Gibbons have established themselves as the top three teams in the 3-A Carolina Conference. Last week’s winter weather postponements have left the Raiders with back-to-back away dates at Chapel Hill and Gibbons Thursday and Friday.

“I think it’s going to give us a chance to find out exactly where we fit in in conference play,” Southern coach Amy Simpson said after Tuesday’s 67-27 win over Orange.

The Raiders are 13-1 overall and 2-0 in league play. Chapel Hill has one loss overall, to Northern Nash, and has conference wins over Orange, 83-10, and J.F. Webb, 72-38.

Chapel Hill won the conference tourney final over Southern last season.

The Tigers are led by junior wing player Jamella Smith.

“The biggest thing is just try to slow her down,” said Simpson. “That’s the main thing we can try do. They have a lot of (other) scorers as well.”

Chapel Hill has six players averaging at least seven points per game, including Catherine Romaine, a 6-foot-2 junior.

Simpson said Romaine’s size inside won’t keep her team away from its run-and-gun style of play.

“We still try to run the floor, try to get out and make them have to make stops on defense,” said Simpson.

Southern didn’t have any trouble with Orange Tuesday and didn’t waste any time jumping on the Panthers. Carslin Talley laid in two of her 14 points right off the opening tip, before the scoreboard operator had even started the clock.

Simpson said she was pleased with some new looks on defense. The Raiders forced 16 turnovers in the first half, taking a 43-10 lead into halftime.

“Just kind of looking to trap a little bit more, trying to cut off the passing lanes,” said the Southern coach.

Rashyda Burwell led the Raiders with 17 points. Breona Jones also had 14 points and Moesha Sneed had 13 points off the bench, including three 3-pointers.

“It’s very important,” Simpson said of Sneed’s production. “She’s my sixth man, the first person that comes off. She has a willingness to get in there and score.”

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