Jones' triple-double leads Greenwood girls past Byrnes
Friday, February 21, 2014 12:45 AM
Thanks to winter weather pushing back the end of the regular season, the Greenwood High School girls basketball team didn't learn who they would play in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs until Tuesday afternoon, just more than 48 hours before game time.
Greenwood's Yanna Jones loses the ball as she runs to the basket for a layup against Brynes on Thursday. She still finished the game with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals against Byrnes.
(Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
Turns out that was plenty of time to prepare.
Guard Yanna Jones notched a triple-double, and the Eagles easily dispatched Byrnes with a 70-40 victory that advanced them to the second round of the postseason. They host Mauldin on Saturday.
"We didn't have a real good practice (Tuesday), but (Wednesday), they were really focused," Greenwood coach Susan Thompson said. "We talked about doing the little things right and executing, not leaving shots uncontested and boxing out. Just doing the little things, because those little things make a difference."
The Eagles took advantage early on the back of Jones, who scored 12 points in the first eight minutes as Greenwood ran out to a 23-8 lead. When she wasn't scoring, she was a relentless defender, helping force the Rebels into 14 first-half turnovers while propelling the Eagles to a commanding 43-19 halftime advantage.
Jones finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals.
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