Jordan nips Riverside to set up PAC-6 finals date with Hillside
Jordan took down Riverside for the third time this season and advanced to the girls’ PAC-6 4-A Tournament championship game against top-seeded Hillside with a 56-51 win at Person High School here Wednesday night.
Salita Greene led Jordan with 19 points and 14 rebounds and freshman Lizz Layne added 17, including 10 in the fourth quarter as the No. 2-seeded Falcons held off No. 3-seeded Riverside.
“We played well but we committed too many turnovers and that let them stay in the game,” Jordan coach Ty Cox said. “But down the stretch we executed when we needed to execute and we got stops when we needed to get stops.
Jordan (15-8) took a 38-33 lead into the final quarter and quickly built it to double digits before Riverside (16-8) rallied to tie game at 48-48 with just over two minutes to play. Kiara Jacobs, who led Riverside with 15 points, missed the free throw on the three-point play attempt and the Pirates never recovered.
“We just didn’t have enough to get us through the end,” Riverside coach Alicia Jones said. “We got good leadership from our seniors but we’re still a young team and there are still some things we need to work on.”
Layne came back up the court and converted a three-point play at the other end for the Falcons to make it 51-48 with 2:04 left. And then after another Riverside turnover, Layne scored again in the lane to boost Jordan’s avantage to five points.
“I’m always there for the team and when they look for me and get me the ball, I always try to score,” Layne said. “I just played stronger tonight than I did the last time we played them. I took their posts fairly well.”
A’Sonté Rochelle made one of two free throws for Jordan to make the lead 54-48 with 47 seconds left.
Down the stretch, Riverside couldn’t find any luck from long range. The Pirates missed eight 3-point attempts to try and cut the score and were only able to get points off three free throws from Atlanta Woodall, who finished with eight points.
Jordan’s win sets up another rematch with Hillside for the tournament title. The Hornets swept Jordan during the regular season and those two losses on the only ones suffered by the Falcons in their last 14 games.
Greene said she was happy with the way Jordan played and she is looking forward to playing Hillside again.
“As a team that was a really good game for us,” Greene said. “That was our best game and hopefully we can keep it up Friday. It’s going to take all that and more.”
JORDAN 56, RIVERSIDE 51
Riverside 8 13 12 18 — 51
Jordan 16 8 14 16 — 56
RIVERSIDE — Zaria Rogers 10, Andrea’Anna Poole 13, Atlanta Woodall 8, Kiara Jacobs 15, Moné Jones 5.
JORDAN — Jazmyne Norwood 3, Millicent Blivin 9, A’Sonté Rochelle 2, Rachel Ruderman 4, Lizz Layne 17, Salita Greene 19.
3-Point goals—Riverside 1 Jacobs), Jordan 1 (Greene). Rebounds—Riverside 27 (Rogers 4, Poole 4, Yakima Clifton 4), Jordan 28 (Greene 14). Assists—Riverside 7 (Rogers 3, Poole 3), Jordan 8 (Greene 2, Rochelle 2, Ruderman 2).
Records—Riverside 16-8, Jordan 15-8.