Jones on a roll as Trojans rally past Redskins
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
1/30/13 at 5:36 AM
JENKS - John Jones is getting the hang of hitting buzzer-beating 3-pointers.
The senior guard hit another to end the first half Tuesday night, helping the No. 4 Trojans rally for a 65-59 win over archrival and No. 12 Union in Frank Herald Gymnasium.
Jones downed the winning 3-pointer in the Trojans' thrilling, 56-55 semifinal win over Edmond Santa Fe in the Jenks/Union Invitational last Friday.
This one, coming four days later, trimmed the Trojans' deficit to six after they trailed by as many as 11 points in the second quarter, and sparked them going into the second half.
"It gave us a lift and got me going," Jones said. "I've hit (last-second shots) here and there, but not that consistently."
Jones also hit a 3-pointer to start the third quarter and scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half. Jacob Seidel scored a game-high 24 as the Trojans (14-4, 9-1) protected their lead atop the Frontier Conference. Jeffery Mead scored 16 for the Redskins (10-8, 5-4).
In girls action, ninth-ranked Jenks broke open a close game in the third quarter and pulled away to a 66-49 win behind Jessica Washington's 38 points.
Washington went 21-for-22 at the foul line as the Trojans girls (11-7, 6-4) avenged two previous losses to the Redskins (9-9, 6-5). The last one, 62-61, came last Saturday in the Jenks/Union tourney final.
"We don't want to lose to anybody three times and we don't want to lose to Union ever," Washington said. "After Saturday's game, we stayed in the locker room for 30 minutes talking about it. That shows how much we care about this team."
Jenks 65, Union 59 (boys): Union led 27-16 at 4:59 of the second quarter and 32-26 at halftime, but the Trojans scored the first seven points of the third quarter, getting their first lead on Jones' reverse layup.
After that, there were three lead changes and four ties before freshman guard T.J. Washington's trey with 5:35 left put the Trojans ahead to stay.
Jenks led by as many as six down the stretch, but Union pulled within two on Josh Palmer's foul shots with a minute left. Trojan guard Steven Parker made 1-for-2 from the line, and Kent Clark's steal led to Seidel's long pass to Luke Phillips for an open layup and the Trojans were on their way.
Jenks 66, Union 49 (girls): What started as a seesaw affair was tied six times before the Trojans started pulling away in the third quarter, shortly after Redskins standout I'mani Davis (14 points, 12 rebounds), collected her fourth foul.
With Davis off the floor, Washington's trey ignited a 19-3 run that carried the Trojans to a 50-35 lead, capped by Harper Peterson's 3-pointer with 6:30 left in the fourth quarter.
Taylor Nissley, seeing more extensive playing time after making the winning steal and layup in the Trojans' 42-40 win over East Central last Friday, added 11 points.
Washington's 38 points were the second-highest total of her career. The North Carolina signee scored 51 in a win at Muskogee on Jan. 4.
JENKS 66, UNION 49 (girls)
Union: Davis 14, Hill 12, Fox 7, Climpson 5, Udoumoh 5, Burgess 3, Pendley 2, Vanfossen 1.
Jenks: Washington 38, Nissley 11, Halsmer 6, Sears 4, Peterson 3, Crase 2, Luellen 2.
JENKS 65, UNION 59
Union: Mead 16, Olden 13, Meier 10, Davis 8, Palmer 8, Barton 2, Wannemacher 2.
Jenks: Seidel 24, Jones 17, Phillips 14, Washington 6, Fling 2, Clark 1, Parker 1.
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