League-leading Raiders pull away from Eagles

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 12:03 AM

Southern Vance got a fight in the first half Friday from a less experienced Warren County team. In the end, experience won out as the Raiders rolled on to a 45-23 victory.

Southern led 22-15 at halftime before outscoring the Eagles 14-6 in the third quarter.

The Raiders (11-2, 5-0) still have a couple of games left in the first round of Northern Carolina Conference play — and at this point — have to be considered the favorite to win the league title.

But Southern head coach Amy Simpson is reminding her team not to take anything for granted.
“We have to remain focused,” said Simpson.

Kechae Parker led Southern Friday with 15 points and Breona Jones had 13.

Parker scored five consecutive points to start the fourth quarter as Southern stretched its lead to 20.

“I like her aggressiveness around the basket,” Simpson said of Parker in the post. “She has proven all season long that she can score in tight situations.”

Warren County head coach Shannon Jones said her team has struggled in the third quarter all season.
The Eagles (8-7, 2-3) were held to eight points in the second half Friday.

“They came out who they are and we came out a little flat,” said Shannon Jones.

Warren County was without injured freshman Jodeci Boyd, who has emerged as a playmaker and scorer. The Eagles were led Friday by Sierra Hicks’ five points.

“They’re just a good, experienced team,” Shannon Jones said of Southern, “as far as knowing each other, playing with each other, knowing what to do all the time.”

Simpson said talking on defense was paramount to the Raiders’ defensive success in the second half.

As for success in the approaching second half of the conference season, Simpson isn’t settling.

“I feel pretty confident,” said the Southern coach. “But we still have a long ways to go.”

Southern hosts N.C. School of Science and Math on Tuesday while Warren County visits Roanoke Rapids.