Dynah Jones’ 20 points, second quarter surge lifts John Curtis past Ursuline Academy
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Dynah Jones helped lead John Curtis to a Division I state championship last season.
Now comes the hard part: trying to do it again.
Ten games into this season, Jones and the Patriots look poised to make another title run.
Jones poured in a game-high 20 points Tuesday night as Curtis pulled away in the second quarter for a 66-47 victory over visiting Ursuline Academy in a battle of two of the city’s top teams.
“We are still hungry,” Jones said. “We know that people are coming after us. We have that flag on our back because we are state champions. We just have to stay hungry and stay humble and execute every time we step on the court.”
Jones, a Tulane signee, scored 10 of her 20 points in the second quarter when the Patriots outscored the Lions 25-10. Curtis turned a 10-9 first quarter deficit into a 34-20 halftime lead.
They went on a 12-0 run during one stretch of the quarter. A 3-pointer by Salma Bates gave Curtis a 32-16 lead, matching their largest lead of the game.
Abryhia Irons scored 8 of her 14 points in the second quarter as Curtis beat Ursuline for the second time this season, almost by an identical score. The Patriots won 67-49 in the Ursuline Tournament in November. Those two games are the only blemishes on the 8-2 Lions’ record.
“It was the same thing as last time,” said Ursuline coach Andrea Williams, who led the Lions to the Class 4A state title two seasons ago. “We didn’t do a good job of boxing them out, and I’ve preached and preached that if you don’t box out, that’s what will happen. The good thing is that boxing out is something that you can fix.”
Curtis, meanwhile, improved to 9-1, with the lone loss coming against McKinley.
“I don’t allow them to be complacent,” Curtis coach Barbara Farris said. “I remind them that every team has us highlighted on their schedule, and if you don’t go out there and give your best, you’re going to get embarrassed.”
The Patriots didn’t have to worry about that Tuesday.
The closest Ursuline could get it was 38-27 two minutes into the second half.
Jones also finished with five rebounds and had a blocked shot.
“She’s definitely a basketball player that wants the ball when it’s tight and close when the game is on the line,” Farris said. “You can’t teach that. That’s one of the pluses about having her.”
Sophomore Jerkalia Jordan chipped in 12 points for Curtis.
Kourtney Weber, a Florida State signee, led the Lions with 17 points and five rebounds. Weber, who missed last season with a torn ACL, scored all but two of her points in the second half. Kennedi Jackson finished with 12 points and Kiersten Nelson had 11 for Ursuline.
The Lions are without Brooklyn Mitchell, a Kansas signee who tore her ACL this summer and is expected to miss the entire season.
“Overall, I think we are playing really well right now,” Williams said. “But we have to just learn that it’s the little things that lose game. When you are playing a really good team and they are aggressive like you, you have to meet their intensity and you can’t take possessions off.”