Standout trio anchors RB’s strong start, conference title hopes
Brittney JnoBaptiste, Janae Dabney, Hannah Claywell lead Bulldogs
|Riverside Brookfield senior guard Hannah Claywell drives to the basket during a game at Glenbard South on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. (Staff photo by Matthew Piechalak)|
RB's scoring leaders
Before the season started, Riverside Brookfield girls basketball coach Dallas Till knew he would have to get big production out of seniors Hannah Claywell and Brittney JnoBaptiste.
Claywell runs the show as point guard and JnoBaptiste is the Bulldogs’ leading scorer, but sophomore Janae Dabney has emerged to help RB get off to its strong start this season. Dabney is the Bulldogs’ third leading scorer at almost 11 points per game and has been neck and neck with JnoBaptiste for the team rebounding lead all season.
The trio has helped the Bulldogs win two tournaments and put them in contention in the Metro Suburban League. Tuesday’s 50-22 win at Elmwood Park gave RB a 12-2 record (5-1 in conference).
Claywell leads the team in assists thanks to her ability to get deep in the paint and dish off to her teammates. Her ability to drive has created opportunities for the inside duo of JnoBaptiste and Dabney.
JnoBaptiste worked on her shot in the offseason and is second on the team in three-pointers made. Her extended range has made her tough to guard.
"We expected big things out of Hannah and Brittney," Till said. "They've done a great job of helping us replace the 11 seniors we lost."
Dabney’s strong rebounding has allowed JnoBaptiste to play both inside and out. In her first year on varsity, Dabney already has three double-doubles.
"We called her up to the varsity team and she's done a great job," Till said. "She gives us an inside presence and she's done more for us than we expected."
The Bulldogs’ hopes of a league title took a major hit last week in a 55-46 loss at Glenbard South Dec. 11. RB led for much of the game, but all the early season optimism seemed to temporarily wash away when the Bulldogs saw a 46-45 lead turn into a nine-point loss in the final minutes.
“Obviously we still have a lot of work to do,” RB coach Dallas Till said. “If we want to be conference champions we have to come on the road and get a win and we didn’t do that.”
Claywell, JnoBaptiste and Dabney all scored in double figures as they often do. RB gets another shot against the Raiders on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
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