JOHN CURTIS 55, WARREN EASTON 51
at John Curtis (Lower School), Wednesday (Jan. 29), Non-District
Records: John Curtis, 19-3; Warren Easton, 14-10
HOW THE GAME WAS WON: 3 KEY MOMENTS
- John Curtis was in complete control through the first three quarters of Wednesday’s contest, but a scrappy Warren Easton team came roaring back in the fourth quarter. After heading into the period down, 42-29, the Eagles clawed their way back in the game pulling within 50-45 with 1:23 left after an offensive putback by Skylar Davis and back-to-back 3-pointers by Breanna Sutton and Tianna Williams. Curtis finally quelled the run, however, with a big and-one by Tulane signee Jerkaila Jordan, and the Patriots lead never fell below five points again until a late free throw by Warren Easton.
- It was all Curtis in the first half, but the Eagles began to show some fight following intermission. They scored eight of the third quarter’s first nine points to cut the deficit to 30-23 with 4:49 to go, but the Patriots answered with a run of their own scoring 10 of the game’s next 13 points to give themselves a decisive 40-26 advantage.
- John Curtis came out ready to play after a week off putting up a dominant first-half performance. They scored the last eight points of the first quarter to give themselves a 15-6 lead, and really poured it on in the second pushing their lead as high as 25-10.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jerkaila Jordan, John Curtis
Per usual, Jordan was the driving force for the Patriots once again. The 5-foot-9 Tulane signee posted game-highs in points, rebounds and blocks with 22, 10 and 3, and she also came up with three steals. Jordan was particularly effective in the first half putting up 15 points, but she also delivered when needed scoring five in the fourth quarter including an and-one that ended an 8-0 run by Easton and gave Curtis a 53-45 lead with 1:09 left.
- While Curtis can count on the production of Jerkaila Jordan just about any time she steps on the floor, it was the contribution from others Wednesday night that led to the Patriots’ double-digit lead. Freshman Jania Holmes had one of her better games of the season scoring 15 points with five rebounds, and senior Jane Wright also stepped up scoring 11 points with seven boards and two steals.
- John Curtis and Warren Easton both came into Wednesday’s game on hot streaks. The Patriots extended their winning streak to seven while the Eagles had won five straight as well as six of their last seven.
- John Curtis and Warren Easton have been championship contenders year in and year out in recent history. The Patriots are the 3-time defending champs in Division I while Easton has won back-to-back titles as well as three of the last five championships in Class 4A.
- John Curtis came into Wednesday’s game as the top-ranked team in the LHSAA’s latest Division I power rankings released last Tuesday (Jan. 21). Warren Easton checked in at No. 6 in Class 4A.
John Curtis coach Barbara Farris: “A win’s a win and I know y’all are tired of hearing me say it but we’re really young…we came out in the second half a little passive missing some layups, and we just didn’t come out with that same vigor and zest on the defensive end. We’ve just got to get better and hopefully it’ll happen before Friday when we play Dominican.
Jania (Holmes) guarded their best player for most of the game because she’s athletic and she’s long and she can move her feet. She was running the floor and finishing and we’ve been working on that. Jane (Wright) has a really nice free throw line jumper and is a really good free throw shooter, so we just try to put them in spots where they’re comfortable.
People are stepping up and that’s going to demand teams to focus on them and not be able to send everyone at Jerkaila (Jordan). We’ve just got to have other players be ready to step up and do the things that we know they can do.”
Warren Easton coach Darius Mimms: “We get lackadaisical at times and then start turning it on late. And I told them, ‘this is a state championship team, you can’t get in a hole like that.’ We missed a ton of free throws, we didn’t get back on defense and I told them we don’t prepare hard enough.
In practice I’m intense because I know what it takes. I tell people all the time, when you’re coaching a team that’s won a couple of times, you’re coaching against complacency. I have some girls that are multiple time state champions and they think ‘oh, we’ll get (back in the game), we’ll get (back in the game).’
We came back and showed the heart of a champion but when you miss all these free throws and miss assignments on defense, this is what happens when you play against a good team.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Warren Easton | 6 | 9 (15) | 14 (29) | 22 – 51
John Curtis | 15 | 14 (29) | 13 (42) | 13 – 55
Warren Easton: Breanna Sutton, 20; Zacyria Dozier, 7; Skylar Davis, 7; Tianna Williams, 7; Kameron Washington, 7; Irmani Turner, 2; Ta’jae Wills, 1.
John Curtis: Jerkaila Jordan, 22; Jania Holmes, 15; Jane Wright, 11; Alexis Laverene, 6; Terren Coffil, 1.
Up Next: Both John Curtis and Warren Easton will be back in action Thursday night at home in district contests. The Patriots will host Catholic League foe Dominican at 6:30 p.m. while the Eagles face an 11-4A foe in Carver at 6 p.m.