Jordan picks up doubleheader sweep at Northern
A fast start by Jordan spelled the difference in the Falcons’ 60-50 win at Northern on Friday night.
Jordan opened the game with a 7-0 spurt and then held on the rest of the way thanks to eight first-quarter points by T.J. Alston.
The Falcons (6-4, 2-0 PAC-6) were led by Darien Ortiz, who scored 16 points and hit a pair of 3-pointers, while Jared Hendryx added 15 points and pulled down 18 rebounds.
Jordan coach Kim Annas was pleased to go into the holiday break with an undefeated conference mark.
“This is the way you want to go into the break,” Annas said. “Getting two wins this week is a great way to go and celebrate Christmas.”
Northern coach Ronnie Russell said his team has played hard despite losing its first two games in the conference.
“We’ve got the Christmas tournament at Riverside next week so maybe we can make some improvement,” Russell said.
Northern (6-4, 0-2) made several runs at Jordan in the final three quarters but never was able to get closer than four points at 34-30 on a 3-pointer by Ricky Council with 5:52 left in the third quarter. The Knights cut it to six on a couple of occasions in the fourth quarter but Jordan didn’t wilt down the stretch.
“It was a tough game and Northern hung in there,” Annas said. “We missed a lot of easy shots that we should have converted.”
Jordan hit 10 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter, including 6 of 7 by Hendryx.
“They played harder than we did and it gets to the point when you need to make stops and we didn’t,” Russell said. “They got a lot of second shots and we couldn’t get back in it. (Hendryx) made a big difference in what they did.”
In the girls’ game, Jazmyne Norwood scored a career-high 18 points, including four 3s, to lead Jordan to a 57-54 overtime victory.
Norwood’s 3 with 2:20 left in overtime put the Falcons ahead for good 56-53 and Jordan (7-3, 2-0) grabbed the early lead in the PAC-6 standings. Bayley Coleman-Cox added 16 points and eight assists, while Salita Green scored 16 and pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds.
Northern (5-3, 1-1) was unable to create a turnover on Jordan’s final possession for a game-tying attempt after Zari White split a pair of free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining for the Knights.
Rhianna Council led Northern with 17 points, including three 3s, while Zari White scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Jordan 60, Northern 50 (Boys)
JORDAN — Willie Weeks 1, Darien Ortiz 16, Mike Lee 4, K.J. Alston 9, Arthur Reese 4, John Brown 9, Jared Hendryx 15, Muhammad Muhammad 2.
NORTHERN — Ryan Arundale 4, Jaquan Harris 10, Kentrell Barkley 6, Ricky Council 21, Kourtney Farrow 4, Avion Jordan 2, T.J. Bell 3.
3-point FG—Jordan 3 (Ortiz 2, Brown), Northern 3 (Council 2, Harris). Rebounds—Jordan 36 (Hendryx 18), Northern 19 (Barkley 5). Assists—Jordan 7 (Reese 2, Hendryx 2). Northern 6 (Arundale 3).
Records—Jordan 6-4, 2-0 PAC-6 4-A. Northern 6-4, 0-2 PAC-6.
Jordan 57, Northern 54 (Girls)
JORDAN — Asonte Rochelle 2, Bayley Coleman-Cox 16, Jazmyne Norwood 18, Shaneika Chalmers 2, Adrianna Seeney 6, Salita Greene 13.
NORTHERN — Jakia Dixon 9, Zari White 12, Rhianna Council 17, McKenzie Utley 6, Mohagany Jones 10.
3-point FG—Northern 6 (Council 3, Utley 2, Dixon), Jordan 6 (Norwood 4, Coleman-Cox 2). Rebounds—Jordan 35 (Greene 18), Northern 42 (White 15). Assists—Jordan 11 (Coleman-Cox 8), Northern 14 (Utley 6).
Records—Northern 5-3, 1-1 PAC-6 4-A. Jordan 7-3, 2-0 PAC-6.