Morgan Johnson goes up for a basket.

Earlier this season, the Williamsburg Lady Yellowjackets downed South Laurel, 58-50, for their first win ever over a Lady Cardinal team.

Tuesday night, the Lady Cardinals were looking to make sure that didn’t happen again. Coming out on fire at the opening tip, South Laurel raced out to a 13-4 lead after one and never looked back, rolling to a 45-28 win.

“I thought we had more bounce in our step than the first time we played them,” coach Konnie Snyder said. “We acted like we were more alive.”

Erika Burchett and Morgan Johnson led the South Laurel charge, scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively.

In the loss to Williamsburg back on January 2, Kat Hoffman scored 23, Sam Burr, 18, and Whitney Rains, 12, accounting for 53 of the Lady Yellowjacket’s 58 points. This time, the trio were held to just 18 points, as the Lady Cardinal defense stepped things up. Snyder was pleased with her team’s defense and rebounding effort.

“I thought we rebounded the ball well, for the most part,” Snyder said. “Kendra (Davidson) had 10 rebounds. I thought we played pretty well on defense, too.”

Davidson score all of her four points in the first five minutes of the game, as the Lady Cards took an 8-2 lead early. Burchett added seven first-quarter points, including a three with 45.7 seconds left, as South built a 13-4 lead after one.

They continued to build on that lead throughout the second quarter, all while limiting the Lady Yellowjackets to just four more points.

A three from Porsha Justice upped the lead to 18-6, and she ended the quarter with another trey for a 22-8 halftime lead.

The third quarter was Johnson’s time to shine, as she scored eight points as the Lady Cardinals continued to pull away, leading 40-21 after three. Williamsburg outscored South 7-5 in the fourth quarter to make the final, 45-28.

Hoffman led Williamsburg with six points.

“We got to play a lot of people, and that’s important for our future,” Snyder said.

The Lady Cards traveled to take on No. 10 Dunbar last night in a rematch of the Berea Holiday Tournament final, won by Dunbar. Then they will travel to Clay Co. Monday.

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Williamsburg 4 4 13 7—28

South Laurel 13 9 18 5—45

Williamsburg (28)—Hoffman 6, Rains 5, Burr 7, K. Sears 1, C. Sears 2, Siler 3, Haynes 1, Jones 3.

South Laurel (45)—Burchett 12, Johnson 11, Davidson 4, Justice 8, Anders 5, Clontz 3, Walker 2.

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