Ortiz, Jordan topple Hillside boys; Hillside girls stop Falcons
Jordan’s Darien Ortiz almost singlehandedly ended a big Hillside homecourt comeback Tuesday night, with his back-to-back steals in a 30-second span in the final 1:13 slamming the door on the Hornets 67-56.
Jordan (11-4, 4-0 PAC-6) is in sole possession of first place in league play, while Hillside (11-4, 2-1) lost a chance to overtake the leaders.
The PAC-6 girls’ leaders also prevailed in Tuesday’s doubleheader. Sophomore guard Justine Lyons had 23 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and three assists to lead Hillside past Jordan 74-46.
Hillside (13-2, 3-0) erupted for 27 points in the second quarter to effectively bury the Falcons (8-7, 2-2).
Jordan trailed 14-11 after the first period but 41-25 at halftime. The final shovel of dirt went on the coffin when star guard Bayley Coleman-Cox picked up her fourth and fifth fouls in the first two minutes of the second half and was done for the night.
“When Bayley fouled out — that really ... ,” Jordan coach Ty Cox, Coleman-Cox’s father said, unable to finish his sentence. “We turned the ball over in the halfcourt, didn’t take care of it.”
On the night, Hillside forced 30 Jordan turnovers. Salita Greene, a sophomore power forward, did most of the damage for Jordan, finishing with 14 points and a game-high 11 boards.
Hillside, fighting through foul trouble of its own — starting forwards Tykyrah Williams had four and Jordyn Smith three in the first half — relied on Lyons and backcourt mate Mylea McKennith (nine points, four assists) to dominate the game. Smith finished with 13 points before fouling out late and backup guard Mya Webb scored nine. Williams finished with eight.
Coleman-Cox managed only one field goal — a layup in the first quarter — and nine points for Jordan. Adrianna Seeney also was a victim of foul trouble and had nine points.
The boys’ game was a nailbiter in the fourth quarter after Hillside came back from a 13-point deficit midway through the third period. R.J. Robinson Jr. scored 10 straight Hillside points in a 14-5 run to cut the gap to 50-45 after three quarters.
Korrin Wiggins scored four straight for the Hornets to open the fourth before Marius McAllister hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 52. Hillside tied it again at 54 on a 12-footer by De’Shon Self, but Willie Weeks scored on a floater with about four minutes left to put Jordan ahead for good.
The teams began exchanging turnovers and missed free throws, but K.J. Alston hit a layup off a feed from Jared Hendryx (10 points, nine rebounds) and added a free throw with about two minutes left to put Jordan up 59-54.
Hillside caught a huge break when Robinson picked off a Jordan pass and was intentionally fouled. He hit the two free throws and Hillside kept posession down three.
In stepped Ortiz. He picked off a pass and broke free for a layup with 1:13 left. He followed with another steal that set up a pair of free throws by Mike Lee (8 points) with 41.3 ticks left for a 63-56 lead and Jordan padded it with with back-to-back dunks by Hendryx as Hillside failed to convert a shot in the final 1:35.
“Ortiz’s steals were critical,” Jordan coach Kim Annas said. “They were big plays. Hillside hit some big shots, came back on us, but our guys responded.”
Jordan (B) 67, Hillside 56
JORDAN — Josh Thompson 5, Willie Weeks 8, Darien Ortiz 15, Mike Lee 8, K.J. Alston 13, Arthur Reese 6, Jared Hendryx 10, Tyreek Frye 2.
HILLSIDE — D’Ontray Johnson 2, R.J. Robinson Jr. 19, Malik Evans 10, Marius McAllister 6, De’Shon Self 4, Isaiah Dickens 2, Korrin Wiggins 12, Emanuel McGirt Jr. 2.
Jordan 16 19 15 17—67
Hillside 14 14 17 11—56
3-point FG—Jordan 5 (Ortiz 3, Lee 2), Hillside 4 (Robinson 3, McAllister). Blocked shots—Jordan 6 (Hendryx 5, Brown), Hillside 3 (Evans 2, McAllister). Rebounds—Jordan 28 (Hendryx 9), Hillside 30 (Wiggins 7, McAllister 6). Assists—Jordan 20 (Lee 5), Hillside 12 (Self 2, McAllister 2, Ty’Quon Reid 2). Steals—Jordan 9 (Ortiz 5), Hillside 3 (Johnson, Robinson, Evans). Turnovers—Jordan 17 (Lee 7), Hillside 15 (Robinson 4). Fouled out—Robinson.
Records—Jordan 11-4, 4-0 PAC-6 4-A; Hillside 11-4, 2-1 PAC-6.
Hillside (G) 74, Jordan 46
JORDAN — Bayley Coleman-Cox 9, Millicent Blivin 7, Paula Olave 2, Shaneika Chalmers 2, Adrianna Seeney 9, Salita Greene 14.
HILLSIDE —Quneisha Graham 4, Tykyrah Williams 8, Mylea McKennith 9, Sydney Brown 4, Justine Lyons 23, Mya Webb 9, Jordyn Smith 13, Khara Herring 4, Daesha Marshall 4.
Jordan 11 14 13 8—46
Hillside 14 27 20 13—74
3-point FG—Jordan 3 (Blivin 2, Seeney), Hillside 2 (Webb, Lyons). Blocked shots—Jordan 2 (Niara Tolliver, Christina Mattioli), Hillside 3 (Marshall 2, Brown 1). Rebounds—Jordan 30 (Greene 11), Hillside 45 (Lyons 10). Assists—Jordan 9 (Greene 4), Hillside 12 (McKennith 4). Steals—Jordan 11 (Seeney 3), Hillside 12 (Lyons 5). Turnovers—Jordan 30 (Jazmyne Norwood 6, A’sonte Rochelle 5), Hillside 19 (Webb 4). Technical foul—Hillside (Coach Ovester Grays). Fouled out—Coleman-Cox, Smith.
Records—Jordan 8-6, 2-2 PAC-6; Hillside 13-2, 3-0 PAC-6.