North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

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December 15, 2012

Girls basketball: Mortimer Jordan 38, Hayden 34

KIMBERLY — Every dominant force has a soft spot, that small chink in its otherwise impenetrable armor that gives its opponents hope. Lately, the Wildcats of Hayden seem to falter at the sight of Blue Devils.

For the second season in a row, Hayden’s girls basketball team took an unblemished record into Kimberly, only to leave with its first loss of the season. Jordan brought a tenacious defense to the floor to upset the Wildcats 38-34, and thus won their third area game of the season.

Devils coach Kelsey Treadaway dialed up a pressure defense that absolutely broke Hayden’s typically-efficient offensive game.

At the end of the opening quarter, the Wildcats posted a 1-for-12 mark from the field as they trailed 13-7. A single 3-pointer from Grayson Taylor and a 4-for-6 performance from the charity stripe was all the Cats could muster.

“We knew what to look for coming into this game,” said Treadaway. “We scouted and our girls definitely stepped up.”

Free throws were what kept the visitors in the game till the end. They recorded 26 attempts at the line to Jordan’s nine. The Wildcats made 13 freebies while the Blue Devils managed only three.

Despite facing Hayden’s dominant junior center Katie Parr, who entered the contest averaging a double-double, Jordan owned the paint for most of the night.

Parr went 3-for-8 from the floor with only six points. She did secure 15 rebounds and muscle her way to eight steals.

“I told my [post players] to handle Parr down low, and they did exactly what I asked,” said Treadaway.

But the big night went to Devils center Megan Snow, who notched her second straight triple-double. Snow scored 13 points, 11 rebounds and 13 blocks.

Natalie Johnsey scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds,

But the Wildcats dropped their first game of the season due mainly to a horrific 9-for-53 effort from the field (16 percent).

Hannah Padgett led Hayden with seven points, and Taylor scored six.

Jordan (4-5, 3-0 area) travels to Curry Monday night for another area contest, while Hayden (8-1, 2-1) goes to Locust Fork for a rematch with the 10th-ranked team in Class 4A.

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