WSJ’s Gordon scores career high 28, sinks Phoenix

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sports Editor

Jailyn Gordon scored 28 points to lead West St. John as the Rams topped Phoenix 55-41 at West St. John on Friday night.

West St. John led 28-21 at halftime, but a scoring flurry to begin the second half left the Rams in full control of the game.

Gordon hit four 3-pointers in the game. Her scoring helped WSJ cover the loss of center Kyla Morris, who missed the game due to illness.

Jasmine Young scored 11 for the Rams (6-2). Renea Julian added nine.

“They all picked up the slack for us,” said West St. John Coach Lester Smith. “They helped tremendously.”

“We were able to score in transition on them,” said Smith. “They turned it over four times to start the second half, and we were able to score some quick ones to build a lead.”

Those turnovers led to an 8-0 run to begin the second half by WSJ, which then led 36-21.

Smith said that the team didn’t have to change much defensively despite the absence of Morris – their pressure defense did the trick just fine.

Phoenix dropped to 4-8 on the season.

The Rams play again on Friday night at home against St. Charles in a rematch of an early season game. WSJ won the first meeting 51-46 in LaPlace.