She had been lifting the home fans out of their seats all night, and so with about two minutes remaining Friday against South County, Centreville’s Jenna Green decided to give them an encore. Her team was up 17 points, and after Green grabbed a defensive rebound, she simply ran past every player coast to coast and dished a no-look pass for her teammate under the basket. After the shot went in, the crowd went crazy, and boys in the student section hung on each other in wild celebration.
“There’s no other Jenna,” Centreville Coach Tom Watson said.
Friday’s performance was vintage Green, as the speedy guard lived up to her billing as a wizard in transition. The senior scored 21 points, and Chrissy Jacksta added 12 to lead Centreville to a dominant 51-34 nondistrict win against South County on Friday night in Clifton.
Green, one of the area’s best point guards, entered the night averaging 13 points per game. She scored that many in the first half Friday for the Wildcats (4-0), who went on a 10-1 run to open the second quarter and never allowed the Stallions (3-1) to pull closer than 12 points after that.
“We’re a fast-paced team. We don’t have many posts this year,” Green said. “So that’s been our goal, to run teams, to really run teams.”
That goal has been accomplished through four wins, with the Wildcats averaging nearly 60 points per game and holding opponents to 39. The catalyst is Green, whose fearlessness had both style and substance Friday night. She helped command Centreville’s vicious press, which prevented South County from finding an offensive rhythm. She went after most loose balls and crashed the boards hard with her 5-foot-6 frame. And she tried fadeaway jumpers in the lane, between-the-leg dribbles at the top of the key and, of course, no-look passes on countless fast breaks, which have become commonplace in her game.
“I think it’s a great pass, because nobody is ever ready for it,” she said. “My team knows I’m going to pass it, and I want to get them as many looks as possible.”
South County pulled within 33-21 after Stallions guard Haley Blankinship (11 points) hit back-to-back jumpers early in the third quarter, but Green came back with key plays on fast breaks on the following two possessions — scoring one herself and dishing off an assist to Ashley Brusick, who hit a floater to make it a 16-point lead.
Then came two electrifying plays in the fourth quarter from Green, the first coming after crossing over a Stallions defender and scooping in a layup with about three minutes left, followed by the aformentioned no-look assist to Jacksta with about two minutes remaining that made it 49-30. She came out of the game a moment later, not looking at all tired.
“Jenna can score. If she wants, she can score 40 points a game,” Watson said. “She dishes the ball pretty well.”