Plenty of energy, not enough points for Webb
J.F. Webb came out fired up on Tuesday, but that wasn’t enough to slow Cardinal Gibbons’ veteran backcourt duo of Morgan Reid and Stephanie Girard.
Seniors Reid and Girard each scored 20 points, sophomore Olivia Smith tallied 16 and the Crusaders pulled away for a 70-49 Big Eight Conference win.
Webb trimmed a 17-point second quarter deficit to four in the third quarter. But Gibbons, which visits Northern Vance Wednesday, answered by ending the game on a 26-9 run.
“Scoring has been our problem all year,” said Webb coach Otis Lyons. “Being young it’s hard to find those points. We try to manufacture some points the best we can.”
Gibbons’ only loss in league play is to unbeaten Chapel Hill. The Warriors dropped to 1-8 in the conference.
Webb ended the second quarter on an 11-2 run to cut the Gibbons lead to 38-30 at halftime.
Warrior senior Maia Burson, who finished with 11 points, sank one of her three 3-pointers with 3:50 to play in third quarter to get the home side within four points.
Gibbons led 51-41 after three quarters before erasing any chance of a comeback in the fourth. Haley Glasser drove in for a layup following a steal and Reid nailed a 3 in transition after a Webb turnover to put the Crusaders up 19.
“They played smart at the end,” Lyons said of Gibbons. “They hit their free throws when they needed them. We just have to look at that and pattern our game after that.”
The Crusaders got to the line early and often, connecting on 24 of their 39 attempts. Webb was 13-of-23.
Starr Jones and Nakiyah Bullock each scored 12 points for Webb, which trailed 27-14 after the first period despite a high-energy start.
“Energy,” said Lyons. “I told them even when we walked out — you could tell it was a different vibe. Normally when we come in with high energy, we play well.”
Webb hasn’t been playing well as of late having lost four consecutive games. Lyons still likes the direction in which his team is headed.
“We talked about playing together and finishing strong for the year,” said Lyons. “Tonight, I thought we had a lot more energy. Our bench did. I think we’re turning the curve.”
Webb hosts Northwood Wednesday at 6 p.m. before another home game Friday with Cedar Ridge.
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