Class AAAA girls: Redan 70, Fayette County 40

After first-round exits from the state tournament the last two years, the Redan girls are playing like a team with something to prove.

The Lady Raiders, throttled Fayette County 70-40 Friday night in the Class AAAA second round, their second straight 30-point win.

“We’ve been through a lot over the past three years,” said Redan’s Jada Byrd, who scored a game-high 23 points. “Coming out in the first round really gave us the killer instinct. It really gives us more motivation.”

Redan (25-2) sprinted away from Fayette late in the first quarter and turned the game into a rout by the middle of the third.

Byrd also had 13 rebounds and five assists, for Redan, whose two losses were both to No. 1 Columbia. Destiny McClary scored 17, Brea Elmore 15 and Jamese Abney 10 for Redan, which only traied in the opening minute and earned a home state quarterfinal appearance for its effort. McClary added five assists and Elmore four.

After Fayette’s Ciara Hughes scored from the lane to tie the game at 9 in the first period, Redan’s Destiny McClary scored three straight buckets, including a 3-pointer to close out the first quarter with the No. 3-ranked Lady Raiders ahead 16-9.

“It’s all about knowing our craft,” said Byrd. “If we see them getting up, we know we’ve got to stop them. If we make a mistake, we just pick it up by two.”

A 10-0 run late in the second period gave them a 29-13 lead and they led 31-15 at the break. A 12-3 stretch in the third pushed the lead past 20.

Meanwhile, No. 7 Fayette (21-7) found little advantage playing at home, particularly in the first half, when the Region 5-AAAA champions scored just four field goals and went one stretch of more than nine minutes without a field goal.

“We knew they have some players that can really shoot the basketball,” said Redan coach Jerry Jackson. “One or two 3-pointers, and then it’s a game. We just wanted to keep the pressure on.”

Redan’s biggest lead came in the final minute at 70-38.

Keyondra Jenkins scored 15 for Fayette County, 12 of them coming in the second half.

5 comments Add your comment

Raider Nation

February 22nd, 2013
11:33 pm

Looks like it will be a good season for Redan

Hubert Green

February 23rd, 2013
6:06 am

Kind of makes you wonder where the extra motivation was the year before when Redan lost in the first round.

casual observer

February 23rd, 2013
12:37 pm

Lack of coaching. Went out last two years in first round with very good talent. It showed in loss to Norcross a few years ago in Championship game and will show when talent of opponent is comparable and coaching is the deciding factor. Watch.

G-dub

February 23rd, 2013
4:38 pm

@casual observer…I was at that game vs Norcross and Redan blew a 2nd state championship behind careless play. They led the entire game but they kept fouling and Norcross hit their free throws and Redan missed their free throws next thing you know Norcross leads and Redan Coaches get techinical fouls and the rest is history. Hopefully they will complete the deal this year.

Old Ball Coach

February 25th, 2013
8:14 am

Redans starting lineup is 4 JR and 1 SR. Last year they were SO with them starting together for the first time, so inexperience really kicked them in the butt. This year they have matured a great deal. Coaching is definitly questionable but he would really have to screw things up bad for them not to make it to the finals this year. They have a few girls with some freakish athleticism and some great shooters, need to get stronger in the low post. But these girls are hungry and are playing some inspired ball.