Greene powers Jordan girls in playoffs

Feb. 25, 2014 @ 12:44 PM

If the Jordan girls’ team was about to head into unfamiliar territory, Salita Greene was their guiding compass Monday night.

The 6-foot junior power forward banged the nets for a game-high 18 points and menaced the opposition under the glass with 17 of her team’s 29 rebounds. A surprising pair of Falcon freshmen combined for 28 points, and Jordan blew past Knightdale 50-40 to advance in the 4-A state playoffs.

It is the first time in about a decade the girls team has advanced to the second round, Jordan coach Ty Cox said.

Jordan plays No. 2 Southeast Raleigh on Wednesday.

Southeast Raleigh advanced to the next round of the playoffs by beating Northern 61-48 on Monday.

“Salita Greene had just tremendous energy,” Cox said. She “just controlled both ends of the court, offensively and defensively.”

Cox said Jordan got “key contributions” from 6-foot freshman forward Lizz Layne, who compiled 15 points, and 5-4 freshman guard Rachel Ruderman, who scored 13.

“To be in a state playoff game and get 28 points from two freshmen, they’re no longer freshmen,” Cox said.

Senior captain Millicent Blivin scored two from her guard position and had four of the team’s eight assists.

“Our defensive effort overall was good, limiting them to 16 points the first half and about that in the second half,” Cox said. “I felt that the players played with poise.”

“I have to keep doing what I’m doing. I know if I don’t do what I do, then the team will suffer and we won’t get far in the playoffs,” Greene said. “I just try to give 100 percent every quarter.

“If I’m not scoring, then I need to do all the extra little things.”

While the team is excited, it remains focused, Greene said.

“At this point we’re happy just to be in the playoffs,” Greene said. “And now we’re going to the second round.”

Jordan 50, Knightdale 40

Knightdale |10 |6 |9 |15 — 40

Jordan |12 |14 |10 |14 — 50

KNIGHTDALE — Mariah Ballen 10, Lovely Locklear 8, Shacora Cooper 6, Aleeya Steward 6, Mikaya Wilson 6, Persia Brown 4.

JORDAN — Salita Greene 18, Lizz Layne 15, Rachel Ruderman 13, Millicent Blivin 2, Jazmyne Norwood 2. 

Records — Knightdale 11-13; Jordan 17-9.