Baylor-bound EPC Guard Did All She Could for a Title

by Philip Seaton  on Monday, Apr. 6, 2009 12:00 am  

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Jordan Madden didn't win a state title during her four years as a member of the East Poinsett County basketball team, but it wasn't for a lack of trying.

The 6-foot guard scored 32 points in her final game, a 64-55 setback to eventual state champion Danville in the first round of the Class 2A state tournament.

The state title was about the only thing that eluded the Girls Player of the Year.

"We moved her up in the ninth grade and she was the starting point guard on a team that lost in the state finals," Warriors coach Bobby Lewallen said. "Her sophomore year we won 27 in a row and finished 31-3 and her junior year we finish 31-4 and played in the state finals.

"Jordan has been part of a lot of success. It didn't matter if we needed someone to get us 30 points or someone to guard the other team's best player. She would do it."

Madden averaged 24.6 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and almost 2 blocked shots per game this season for East Poinsett County and finished with more than 2,000 points for her high school career.

Lewallen was a boys assistant coach at Piggott for five seasons before taking over the helm of the girls program at East Poinsett County five years ago. He knew right away he had a special player on his hands.

"The first day I was there we called all of the girls on the senior high team together. After introducing myself, we divided them up and into teams and let them play a little bit," Lewallen said. "I had someone come up to me while I was watching them play and ask me, 'Coach, here's a test for you. Pick five starters out of the group playing right now.' I said, 'I'll take that tall one right there.' Turns out that was Jordan but she was only an eighth-grader. She had come up with her older sister [Sade] who was on the senior high team."

The four-time all-stater moved up as a ninth grader to the senior high team and she said she was just happy getting to play with her older sister.

Madden grew up with a basketball in her hands playing pick-up games with her sister and older brother Kedrick and younger brother Ky.

"My daddy [Jerome] always had us playing against each other every single day, no breaks or nothing," Madden said.

Those countless pickup games paid off when she fulfilled a childhood dream by signing last November to play college basketball at Baylor.

There was never any doubt where Madden would end up.



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