It was a good night at the office for Jordyn Roderick. A great night, in fact. The senior post recorded a triple-double with 14 points, 17 rebounds, and 13 steals to lead South Greene to a convincing 82-59 win over West Greene.
“She was really flying around tonight and getting after it on defense. She was really looking to take it to the hole.” Lady Rebels Coach Stephen Gregg stated. “She’s really took over once we’ve been challenging them with the rebounds. It seems like she’s been leading us with rebounds every night since we had the talk of challenging them with double-digit rebounds.”
The win comes as the Lady Rebels fifth of the season in league play, as they remain perfect within the District 1-2A.
Roderick wasn’t the only superstar of the night though, Hailey Brooks came three steals shy of also clinching a triple-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and seven steals.
The Lady Rebels put five players in double figures. Madison Hensley led the team with a game-high 18 points. Kortnei Bailey poured in 14 points and Haley Susong added 10 points to round out the group of five.
“That’s pretty balanced. That’s kind of how we’ve been all year,” Gregg mentioned.
West Greene made things challenging in the first quarter. Hailey Ripley spotted up along the top of the key and swished a wide-open three to land the first punch.
Brooks responded back with a long two-point basket in the corner from a tough angle. After the Lady Rebels forced a turnover in the paint, Susong sprinted ahead in front of everybody for a transition layup.
Kinsley Ellenburg kept up the hot shooting for the Lady Buffs with a three-point bomb.
South Greene found a way to go on a quick run with a catch-and-shoot reverse layup from Jordyn Roderick and a three-point bucket from Kortnei Bailey. The Lady Rebels pulled ahead 14-10.
When Roderick blocked Hailey Ripley’s layup attempt at the rim, it seemed as if the Lady Rebels were gaining all the momentum and about to build onto their lead.
West Greene wasn’t going to let that be the case and went on a 10-0 run to end the quarter. Bre Ellis gave them a quick spark by scoring a two-point basket. Madi Brown banked a shot off the glass to tie the game. Brown regained the lead with a three-pointer from downtown and Maddie Bryant sank another three-ball at the buzzer.
The Lady Buffs led 20-14 at the end of the first quarter.
After both teams traded two free throws each to start the quarter, Bailey drove baseline to sink a layup and make the first field goal of the new eight. Her quick hands on defense allowed her to strip the ball away and drive inside for a layup to tie the game at 22-22. Madison Hensley came away with another steal at the front of the press and jogged along the baseline for a layup that sent South Greene back in front.
The Lady Buffs started to feel the pressure of South Greene’s press and had a tough time taking care of the ball midway through the second quarter. Two more turnovers turned into two more layups for Bailey.
Once they were able to get past the press, the Lady Buffaloes had an easier time scoring. Ellis splashed a triple and Ellenburg sank a long two-pointer that cut the lead to four points.
Hensley does a great job as the floor general for the Lady Rebels and has made some impressive passes in her short time with the Lady Rebels. After getting tripped up running through the paint, she was able to tip the ball ahead to Susong along the baseline for a layup.
Roderick blocked another shot on defense that led to an Ari Hoese layup on the opposite end. The senior tallied three blocks to go along with her triple-double performance.
Brown kept rallying the Lady Buffs with another three-point bucket. West Greene nailed six shots from long range in the first half.
Brooks pulled down an offensive rebound and handed the ball off the Roderick in mid-air for a quick assist to the senior post.
South Greene controlled the scoreboard at halftime with a 38-32 lead at the break.
“I think we were up six at half. We missed some shots and they were making shots and it was kind of setting itself up to be a nail-biter. We just challenged the girls to go get them man-to-man and quit firing on some of our bad rotations and they did for the most part,” Gregg mentioned.
The Lady Rebels came out of the locker room with two quick layups from the same pair of Brooks and Roderick to mount a double-digit lead early into the second half.
Ryleigh Gregg followed with a three-pointer to increase the lead. Roderick and Lawson traded layups on both ends on back-to-back possessions. Hoese secured an offensive rebound and dished it out to Susong for two points.
Ellenburg bucketed a long two-pointer in transition on a catch-and-shoot jumper.
The Lady Rebels made a statement to end the third quarter with a pair of three-point daggers from Brooks and Hensley to extend their lead to 59-42. Bailey added three points the old-fashioned way with an and-1 play.
South Greene’s lead grew to 62-42 heading into the fourth quarter.
The icing on the cake came from Hensley with six-straight points to start the fourth quarter.
From there on out the Lady Rebels were able to cruise to an 82-59 victory on the road over the Lady Buffaloes.
“At the end of the night I felt like we put in some good work,” Coach Gregg mentioned.
Jordyn Roderick’s triple-double performance was the highlight of the matchup with Madison Hensley leading all scorers with 18 points.
Four different Lady Buffaloes entered double figures in the loss with Madi Brown leading the way with 17 points. Taylor Lawson and Kinsley Ellenburg each scored 13 points while Bre Ellis contributed with 12 points.