Claremore Daily Progress

December 28, 2012

Jenks beats Verdigris girls in first round of tourney

Glenn Hibdon
Sports Writer

TULSA —  

No. 16 Class 6A Jenks used its size and depth to full advantage, easing past the 3A fourth-ranked Verdigris girls 54-40 in the Tournament of Champions Thursday at Mabee Center.
Jenks guard Jessica Washington scored 13 of her 22 points in the second quarter, a segment that proved decisive. The Lady Cardinals (8-2) battled back from a 14-point deficit to trail just 37-30 late in the third period, but Washington and the Trojans regained momentum.
Jenks outrebounded Verdigris 40-24 and got 14 points from its bench compared to just six points for the Cards. Baleigh O’Dell, a 5-foot-5 junior guard, topped the Cardinals with 16 points and sophomore Courtney Risenhoover added 10. 
Verdigris led 5-3 when Risenhoover laced a three-point shot 1:47 into the game. However, Washington answered for Jenks with a trey and the Trojans used an 8-0 run to lead 11-5. The Cardinals refused to buckle and scored six straight points to lead 12-11 after one period, thanks to O’Dell’s layup at the 30-second mark.
Led by the defensive play of 6-2 senior Emily Dennis and 5-8 junior Harper Peterson, Jenks used a zone to force Verdigris to shoot from the perimeter and the Cardinals hit 2-of-9 from the field in the second quarter. Meanwhile, Washington heated up by canning 4-of-5 shots from the floor and 5-of-5 from the foul line in bulding an 11-point gap.
Jenks led 31-19 early in the second half prior to another Verdigris rally. O’Dell drove for a layup, then Stacia Payne dropped in another layup with 42 seconds left to make it 37-30, But the Trojans again stepped on the gas to build a 52-33 lead in the final period.
Verdgris plays again on Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the consolation bracket.