Jones watches from sidelines as Raider season ends
It took Breona Jones less than three full seasons to reach 1,000 career points. It didn’t take her Southern Vance team very long to realize it would be an uphill battle to take down Eastern Guilford without her.
Jones, injured in last week’s Carolina Conference tourney final loss at Chapel Hill, was recognized before Monday’s first round 3-A state playoff match for surpassing a thousand points last week at J.F. Webb.
The junior point guard watched from the sidelines as the No. 8 Lady Raiders (20-7) were eliminated 62-27 by Eastern Guilford (18-9), the nine seed in the Mideast Bracket. The Wildcats advanced to face either No. 1 Northern Guilford or No. 16 Rockingham County.
Jones was averaging about 15 points per game.
“I’m still proud of the ladies because you could have held your head down going into a game like this, but I thought their spirits were up,” said Southern coach Amy Simpson.
Kiyanna Kearney, Cordecia Southerland and Rashyda Burwell filled in by committee for Jones.
Kearney scored all six of her points in the first quarter and Moesha Sneed led the team with seven points.
Carslin Talley, one of the Lady Raiders’ leading scorers, may have missed Jones’ distributing abilities the most. She was held scoreless.
“It helps take the pressure off a lot of players,” Simpson said of Jones' presence. “Especially being able to make the long passes down the court in transition. We didn’t get too many of those tonight.”
Eastern Guilford outscored Southern 18-2 in the second quarter to take a 37-15 halftime lead.
The Mid-State Conference Wildcats were led by Callie Patterson’s 15 points. Erica Olerich dominated the low blocks, adding 14 points.
The visitors from Gibsonville were 5-of-15 from long range. Southern was 1-for-10.
Find more on Jones reaching 1,000 in Wednesday’s print edition.
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