John Curtis seventy one, College 38: Dynah Jones scores 21 factors to steer Patriots


Curtis’ Dynah Jones scored a game-high 21 points in the Patriots victory against University on Friday night. 

at John Curtis, Friday (Jan. 12), Non-District

Records: University, 13-9; John Curtis, 17-1

SCORE BY QUARTERS

University – 6 | 4 | 19 | 9 | 38

John Curtis – 20 | 17 | 16 | 18 | 71

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Dynah Jones, John Curtis

Jones scored a game-high 21 points and helped lead a defensive effort that put the Patriots in control at halftime. Jones scored six points in the first quarter, four in the second, none in the third and 11 in the fourth. Her performance mirrored that of her team, which played a strong first half, got outplayed in the third quarter and finished strong. Curtis led 37-10 at halftime.

HOW IT WAS WON

John Curtis scored the last nine points of the first quarter and the first 14 of the second quarter to take command of the game before halftime. The initial spurt gave the Patriots a 14-point lead at the end of the first quarter and that margin doubled before University got its first points of the second quarter when Faith Kwentua grabbed an offensive rebound and made a layup with 1:39 left until halftime. Four Patriots scored in double figures as Dynah Jones scored 21, Da’jha Virgil had 18, Jerkalia Jordan 12 and Abryhia Irons 10.

NOTABLE

  • Curtis’ Da’jha Virgil scored her 18 points on six 3-pointers.
  • Curtis made four layups, then two 3-pointers in the second quarter before University scored a point in the period.
  • Alyssa Fisher scored 12 points as University had its best period in the third quarter, outscoring the Patriots, 19-16.

INDIVIDUAL SCORING

University: Alyssa Fisher, 17; Callie Engle, 5; Kennedy Paul, 7; Faith Kwentua, 7; Elise Doomes, 2

John CurtisDyhah Jones, 21; Da’jha Virgil, 18; Jerkaila Jordan, 12; Abryhia Irons, 10; Sydney Parfait, 2; Salma Bates, 8.

THEY SAID IT

John Curtis F Dynah Jones: “Our rebounding and our defense definitely helped with that (23-0) spurt in the first half. We started kind of slow in the third quarter, but then we just had to lock down defensively. Our defense gets us going offensively. In the fourth quarter we closed out.”

Jones: “We never underestimate any opponent. We’re still a very humble team even with all of the opportunities that we’ve had. We stay focused every day.”

John Curtis coach Barbara Farris: “University High is always well coached and they always have size and quick, athletic guards. The key for us was matching their energy. We limited their second-chance opportunities in the first and second quarters. We knew they would come back on us and they did.”

Farris: “(Da’jha Virgil) is sort of an unsung hero. She sometimes doesn’t get as much attention, but she’s a real floor leader for us. She has always had a tremendous shot and tonight she was able to showcase that ability.”

NEXT UP: University visits St. Louis on Wednesday; Curtis visits Ellender on Tuesday.

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