Jones dominates in No. 6 Aberdeen's 78-45 win over No. 13 Woodlawn

Sophomore has 24 points, 28 rebounds, seven blocks

December 17, 2010|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Aberdeen sophomore Bri Jones showed her versatility Friday night.

Jones finished with 24 points, 28 rebounds and seven blocks to help No. 6 Aberdeen break open a close game in the second half and pull away for a 78-45 victory over No. 13 Woodlawn.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore center simply was too much for host Woodlawn inside. Despite being double-teamed the entire game, Jones dominated play in the paint and repeatedly got easy baskets — especially in the second half, when she scored 15 points.

"She's always the difference," Aberdeen coach Stacy Liles said. "She's very smart. It's hard to cover her."

Aberdeen (4-0) appeared en route to an easy victory early when it scored the game's first seven points and went up 21-7. But Woodlawn (3-1) began pressing and trapping more and cut the lead to 34-33 early in the third quarter.

That's when Jones took over. The Eagles got a break when Woodlawn's Shadequa Longus (22 points) got hurt in a collision near the sideline and had to come out for about a minute. Aberdeen was clinging to a 37-35 lead then, but it turned things around in that minute — and Jones led the way.

She made a layup and, after a Woodlawn turnover, added another basket on quick spin move 17 seconds later. Jimmia McCluskey (16 points) then scored from the lane for the Eagles' sixth point in 37 seconds.

Jones put on a show in the final 2:11 of the quarter. She had five points, three blocks, a rebound and steal in that stretch to help Aberdeen expand its lead to 55-41. Jones added six more points in the fourth quarter as the Eagles scored the game's last 16 points and blanked the Warriors for the final 6:05.

"I thought, 'I've got to [get] the team pumped and keep up the intensity,' " Jones said. "We work as a team."

Nia Alleyne (15 points) and Ayana Stewart (11) also scored double figures as the Eagles showed their offensive balance.

Woodlawn was hindered by foul trouble as starting center Janelle Lane picked up three quick fouls and sat out most of the first half before fouling out in the third quarter. Longus also fouled out, and Woodlawn was down to six players in the final period, a big reason Aberdeen took command.

A—Moore 2, Alleyne 15, McCluskey 16, Stewart 11, Holmes 4, Hayden 4, Jones 24, Porter 2. Totals: 30 14-25 78

W—Lane 4, Longus 22, Dawson 2, Brown 5, Sessons 5, Loving 3, Carter 2. Totals: 17 10-23 45.

Half: A, 34-31.

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