Gordon sets girls scoring recordNovember 12, 2020
By COREY STOLZENBACH
LINCOLN CITY - It's been quite a couple of days for Rebekah Gordon.
The Heritage Hills star senior inked her letter of intent to continue her basketball career with Auburn University on Wednesday, and she followed that up a record-setting 41-point performance against Evansville Reitz on Thursday. Gordon broke the girls scoring record that Abby Wahl set on Nov. 11, 2017, who had a 36-point performance against South Central. She also tied the school record, set by Darren Burnett, a 1983 graduate.
Gordon could not be stopped inside Thursday night, leading the Patriots (2-0) to an 85-42 rout of Evansville Reitz.
Her teammates were excited for her afterwards in the locker room, but Gordon had no idea what she had just done.
"I had no idea, but they cheered me on, and I was glad," Gordon said. "...I couldn't have done it without them."
Gordon had the mindset of attacking the basket - knowing she had to play her own game with her own strength, and use it against the Panthers.
"The middle was open, and we found her," Pats coach Kim Brown said. "We got her the ball in great positions to finish, and she finished on most of her opportunities."
Brown described these last couple of days as being a big range of emotions for Gordon. She felt Gordon had a big breath of relief after she signed with the Tigers, and believes that she's happy with everything that she's worked for coming to fruition.
Reitz held an early 5-2 advantage, but a bucket by Gordon and and-one by fellow senior Nevah Barnett with 3:53 to go in the opening quarter gave the Pats their first lead of the night, and they never looked back. Gordon already had her team's first two buckets of the night, but she took over after an and-one put back following Barnett's missed free throw.
Gordon got bucket after bucket, scoring 17 of her team's 25 first-quarter points, and 22 at the half. She only kept it going in the second half, draining a three at the buzzer to end the third quarter and put the Pats ahead, 60-32.
"I honestly was just (like), 'Please go in,'" Gordon said. "Last-second shots are always kind of a mindset game. So, I was just trying get the ball out before the time went out, and I was shocked, but relieved it went in."
The Pats also pulled down multiple offensive rebounds, and turned points into defense as they eased to their second win of the season. Heritage Hills went between its starters and reserves beginning in the second quarter. Reitz never got close, and the Pats went on another 19-0 run, this time to start the fourth quarter, making it 79-32.
Gordon and Heritage Hills will look to improve to 3-0 Saturday afternoon at Jasper. She has 986 career points, and could reach the 1,000-point plateau against the Wildcats.
"We got to get our legs back, and work on our offense a little bit," Brown said. "I thought our offense was a little sluggish tonight, we need to move the ball a little better. Jasper's going to be a very physical game. I think the battle of the rebounds is going to be a big part of that game probably, too."
"Today, we were kind of up-and-down on the offensive end," Gordon later said. "We had certain runs, and then we would make turnovers. So, I think just knowing that we need to keep consistency versus Jasper will really help."
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