Scott's double-double fuels Lady Panthers winBy JOFFRE WASHINGTON,
Stepping on the court last weekend, Yazoo County senior Jordan Scott knew it would be the last time she would ever play a basketball game against rival Yazoo City and she wanted to go out with a bang.
Fortunately for Yazoo County fans, she did that and more, posting a 19 point, 10 rebound performance while leading the Lady Panthers to a 62-47 win over the Lady Indians.
“Jordan was a beast out there tonight,” said YCHS head coach Christine Demus. “Last time they kind of hung around with us for a while, but I guess this time she wanted to make sure we took care of business.”
The Lady Panthers opened the game with an 11-4 first quarter, and started to put their foot on the gas as the second quarter got underway. Paced by an 8-2 run in which Jordan scored three straight baskets, Yazoo County jetted out to a 19-6 lead with 5:50 remaining in the half. Yazoo City kept it close, however, as a pair of buckets from La’Nisha Richardson and Jaya Gallion prevented the game from getting out of hand and Yazoo County led 28-16 at the half.
The score seesawed back and forth for much of the third quarter as the Lady Indians were determined to push their way back into the game. Reserve guard Clemmie Carr, however, provided a spark for the Lady Panthers in the quarter, connecting on three 3-pointers to lift Yazoo County to a 43-32 lead with one quarter to play.
Down the stretch the Lady Panthers were able to pull away as Yazoo City’s offensive inefficiency reared its ugly head. Yazoo County went on an 11-4 run midway through the quarter to close out the game.
“We were able to pull this one out, but we’ve got to play better,” said Demus. “We missed a lot of shots tonight and had a few missed assignments on the defensive end. We have to tighten a few things up as we head into district play.”
Following Scott in scoring for the Lady Panthers was Carr with 15, and Akeriunna Frierson with 12. Chloe Edwards chipped in with nine, Antaniya Smith had three and Catherine Collum and Aniya Frierson each had two.
For Yazoo City, Richardson led the way with 14 points and was joined in double figures by Doukeria Martin with 10. Antaniyah Brown and Jaya Gallion scored six points apiece, followed by Nyla Henderson and Ron’nisha Richardson with four apiece and Rakayla Rankin with three.
“Our shots just weren’t falling. We’ve been working on ways to score and are actually doing a lot better,” said Lady Indian head coach Ashley Jennings. “Everyone has got to step it up honestly. It takes the whole team to succeed and with everyone pushing each other to get better we will be fine.”