The 6-foot-2 Jenkins teamed with 6-4 JaQuaya Miller to dominate the post as the Chargers beat the Lions 75-64.
PUYALLUP — The Kentridge celebration paused momentarily as one of the Chargers’ two freshmen climbed the ladder and paused as she looked at the net with scissors in her hands.
The rest of the Kentridge team shouted directions from the floor. They had been here before.
Led by forwards Jordyn Jenkins and JaQuaya Miller, the second-ranked Chargers topped No. 9 Bellarmine Prep 75-64 to repeat as Class 4A West Central/Southwest bi-district girls champions. Kentridge, which also cut down the net after winning the state tournament in 2017, and Bellarmine advance to next week’s regionals.
“It’s fun … to get the opportunity,” said Kentridge coach Brad McDowell, whose team won the NPSL title Feb. 2. “The girls have goals and we’re reaching, step-by-step, to get them, so having the net around our necks and stuff like that is pretty exciting. But we obviously still have goals in mind. We were a little disappointed last year with getting fourth place, so we want to make sure that we are focusing at the right time.”
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Jenkins led Kentridge (23-2), which is No. 3 in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s RPI rankings, with 31 points and 13 rebounds. The 6-foot-2 Jenkins partnered with the 6-4 Miller, who added 12 points and 15 rebounds, as the duo dominated the post for large stretches.
“That’s what makes us as good as we are,” McDowell said. “We can go in multiple directions. We can go guards breaking people down, we can go guards shooting and we can obviously go with Jordan and JaQuaya inside. It’s a challenge for a lot of teams.”
Three three-pointers by Bellarmine’s Callie Stevens gave the Lions an early advantage. It didn’t take long for Kentridge to come storming back with an 11-0 run to start the second quarter.
Jenkins had 12 points in the third quarter as Kentridge tried to pull away but the Lions’ (No. 6 in RPI) three-point shooting kept the game close until the final minutes.
Makiah Reed led Bellarmine (20-4) with 19 points, and Julia Bordeaux added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Lions.
“The girls played their hearts out,” Bellarmine coach Kim West said. “It didn’t come up that way on the scoreboard, but I believe we could’ve won that game. It came down to a couple possessions and I’m really proud of them.”
The Chargers defeated Bellarmine 50-43 in a season-opening win in November, making Kentridge responsible for half of the Lions’ four losses this season.
“It was hard work. They’re a really good team,” Jenkins said. “But we’re not done yet. We’ve got a whole other step to take. We have made it to state every (season Jenkins has been at Kentridge). We’re not the underdogs, we’re the ones being attacked.”