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Oswego's Jordan Campbell scores after taking the ball all the way in the Lady WarHawk Thanksgiving Tournament Friday at West Aurora. Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
The putback might not be as pretty as a fadeaway, hook shot or drop step, but its value is the same in the scoring column.
Oswego’s Jordan Campbell put on a putback clinic Friday against Waubonsie Valley in the Lady War Hawk Thanksgiving tournament at West Aurora.
The 5-foot-9 sophomore scored 14 points, eight comming from putbacks, and collected a game-high 11 rebounds to lead the Panthers to a 50-21 victory.
“I just try to box out and go up as strong as I can while aiming for the backboard,” Campbell said. “I had to do it today and sometimes you have to make your own shots.”
She certainly impressed Oswego coach Chad Pohlmann.
“She was all over the place in the first ha lf,” Pohlmann said. “She was on the boards; had post moves and played terrific. We need Jordan to play like that for us.”
Waubonsie Valley (0-4) didn’t make the grade when it came to beating Oswego’s press. The Warriors also made plenty of unforced mistakes, turning the ball over 35 times. They committed 34 turnovers in a 37-35 loss to the Panthers on Nov. 13.
“We’ve got to get the ball past half court if we’re going to run any offense,” Waubonsie Valley coach David Owles said. “We know that ball handling isn’t one of our strengths so it’s something we have to keep working on. I thought we did a little bit of a better job in the second half.”
Oswego (3-1) jumped ahead to a 13-2 lead a little more than midway through the opening quarter. Amri Wilder (14 points) drained a three-pointer with 4:52 left in the second quarter to give the Panthers a double-digit lead for good at 20-9.
“I thought Sierra (O’Neill) coming out and hitting a three on the first play of the game set the tone for us,” Pohlmann said, “We played pretty good defense and pressured them.”
Eric Sinnott added nine points for Panthers, going 7-of-9 from the free throw line.
Morgan Grastorf led the Warriors with five points while Taylor Ameri and Alexis McGaughy had four points apiece.