Photo by Caleb Motsinger
Jordann Wilson helped lead the Redbirds in scoring with fourteen points Wednesday in the opening game of the girls class 4A regional held at Granite City High School.
Juniors Jordann Wilson and Megan Paulda, along with freshmen Jasmine Bishop, led the Redbirds' charge out of the gate and into the opening game of the girls' class 4A regional tournament Wednesday night at Granite City High School to win 49-30.
Wilson led in scoring with 14 points, Bishop had 13 and Paulda ten, with Wilson pulling down nine rebounds as well.
Alton scored nearly 30 points during a big first half effort, but coach Bob Rickman said the Redbirds haven't had many hot starts this season. However, he said they'll need to if they want to make a stand against the ferocious 25-1 Edwardsville Tigers.
“ I’m not real happy with the intensity we played with in the third and fourth quarter,” he said. “We’ve got to learn to play with the kind of intensity we had in the first half for 32 minutes; but starting the game off like we did was a good step for us.”
The Warriors were outscored in every quarter except the fourth, with the Redbirds' largest lead of the game coming in the second quarter by 13 points, leading 28-16 at the half.
The enduring combination of Wilson and Bishop helped the Redbirds through their final, sluggish fourth quarter; however Paulda was the story early on.
“ Talk about a player that has changed since day one of practice to now,” Rickman said of Paulda. “She plays so hard every night, she gives everything she’s got, and everybody gave her consistent amount of effort. I like our chances.”
Alton (14-12) was seeded second in the Granite City Regional, with tonight’s win making it the fourth time they’ve beat the Warriors, 6-21 and seeded fourth, this season.
The Birds haven’t had a winning season since 1984-85, but under the helm of Rickman during this inaugural season, that hasn’t been the case.