Bob Jones downs Northridge in Northwest Regional
Tue. February 21, 2012 at 3:57 p.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Northridge's Kiana Johnson drives the ball against Bob Jones' Chandler Elder in the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Associations Northwest Regional in Hanceville on Tuesday. (Photo by Robert Sutton)
HANCEVILLE | When the fourth quarter rolled around, the Northridge Lady Jaguars believed they could pull off an upset Tuesday in the Northwest Regional.
Bob Jones, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A, didn’t let it happen. Senior guard Joidon Jennings and senior forward Jasmine Jones combined for 35 points in leading the Lady Patriots to a 53-44 victory at Wallace State.
Jennings went 6-for-10 from the field and 10-for-11 from the foul line to lead all scorers with 22 points. Jones, a 6-foot-2 Tennessee signee, had 13 points and 20 rebounds.
“The more touches Jasmine can get, the better off we are,” said Bob Jones coach Tim Miller. “I’m just happy for the win. We put ourselves in situations we shouldn’t have been in, and that’s a credit to them. I told our players, ‘You can’t look past this team.’”
Northridge trailed 39-35 at the start of the fourth quarter.
“I couldn’t be prouder of these girls,” said Northridge coach John Cain. “We’ve had similar games where in the fourth quarter we’d be behind by a few buckets, and we’d find a way. Something would fall.
“You’ve got to give Bob Jones a lot of credit. They played extremely hard as well, but I think our girls showed they belonged on this stage.”
Senior point guard Sarah Stuart had 19 points to lead Northridge (25-8).
“We were so confident,” Stuart said. “I thought we were the better team. They adjusted to what we were doing and just got the win.”
Senior Faith Lancaster added 10 points, and junior Kiana Johnson scored nine. KeKe Williams led the Lady Jaguars with eight rebounds.
The Lady Patriots (34-2) finished with a 40-24 rebounding margin, collecting 16 offensive rebounds.
“They’ve got a lot of size, and they really get after the boards,” Cain said. “I think it really affected us at certain times when they got those put-back points. On our end it seemed like we never got those second-chance points. They were cleaning it up.”
Bob Jones plays Bessemer City in the regional final Friday. Bessemer City defeated Buckhorn 73-70.
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