Red-hot Thompson comes out firing as Webster Groves cruises

2012-01-19T21:00:00Z 2012-01-20T01:56:34Z Red-hot Thompson comes out firing as Webster Groves cruisesBy Mike Elder |
January 19, 2012 9:00 pm  • 

WEBSTER GROVES • Some teams on Webster Groves' girls basketball schedule caught a break late last season when standout guard Jordan Thompson sustained a concussion that caused her to miss a few games.

One of those teams was Oakville, which edged the Statesmen by four points when Thompson was out of the lineup.

The Tigers weren't so lucky to dodge Thompson on Thursday night. The senior scored a game-high 29 points to power Webster Groves to a 68-30 non-conference victory at home.

"There's (some) teams that I have to pay back cause I was sitting on the bench just the entire time last year thinking, ‘Man, if I was out there right now (it would be different).'" Thompson said. "Now, we're in that part of the season, and it's happening."

Thompson, a Washington University recruit, didn't waste any time making a mark on the contest. She hit 3-pointers on Webster's first two trips down the court.

With Thompson leading the way -- she had 13 points in the first quarter and 20 in the first half -- the hot-shooting Statesmen (11-5) outscored the Tigers (4-10) 27-6 in the first quarter, and led 46-17 at the half.

"I don't know what we did, but I'd like to do that every game," Webster coach Patti Perkins said. "It was a good start."

Oakville showed some fight in the second half. The Tigers opened the third quarter with a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to 47-26.

"I told my girls at halftime, ‘I don't have girls that quit,'" Oakville coach Aaron Bosch said. "We came out, put a press on. I was a little worried because I knew (Thompson) was a really good ballhandler, but they struggled with the press a little bit and it kind of got us back in it."

The Statesmen, however, quickly regouped. They answered with a 15-2 run to finish the third quarter to put the contest away. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock.

"When you're down 46-17 at halftime, you're not going to cut into that," Bosch said. "We were just trying to work on doing some positive things in the second half."

The point total was a high water mark for the Statesmen who won their fifth straight game and sixth of the past seven after starting the season 5-4.

"I think we're going to go on a big run before we go into our tournament," said Thompson, whose career high is 37 points. "We have so many young people. We only have two seniors. So there's going to be some transition time at the beginning. We're getting out of that and waking up."

In addition to a terrific night from Thompson, Webster also got 12 points from Abbie Paloucek and 11 from Mallory Moran.

Oakville was paced by Alyssa Norberg, who scored 12 points.

"I was just proud of Paloucek's efforts on the offensive boards," Perkins said. "She kept a lot of possessions alive. I think we had her down with seven or eight offensive boards."

The Tigers, who are in the toughest stretch of their season, face a  talented Lafayette team on Friday before the schedule lightens up the rest of the way. Webster will be back in action Friday at University City.

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