Greenwood's Yanna Jones leaps up to intercept a pass intended for Emerald's Alexis Parker during the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 69-15 rout of the Vikings. (Andrew Macke | Index-Journal)
Though she was playing in her first game of the season, Greenwood High School guard Tianna Swearinger wasn't worried about any rust heading into Friday night's game against Emerald.
Given the way she played once she got on the floor, she didn't need to be.
Swearinger knocked down a trio of 3-pointers off the bench in the second quarter to give Greenwood the spark it needed to blow out Emerald 69-15.
The junior missed the first three games of the year dealing with patellar tracking disorder, a condition that causes the kneecap to move from side to side, rather than up and down as it should. Though she wore a black brace on the affected left knee Friday night, she said she had no concerns once she stepped on the floor.
"My mom told me before the game ... 'When you go out there, do not worry about your knee. Worry about what you're going to do (on the court),'" Swearinger said. "So I'm just trying to come back and worry about my play, because my team needs me."
The Vikings hung tough early in the game, which was tied at 6 with 2:22 to play in the first quarter, but Greenwood (4-0) outscored Emerald 8-2 during the rest of the quarter to take a 14-8 lead after eight minutes.
The Eagles stretched that lead to 17-8 before Swearinger got dialed in. She hit a jumpshot late in the first quarter, then zeroed in from beyond the arc in the second, knocking down her first 3-pointer with 5:50 to play in the quarter, then a second less than a minute later.
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