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Kennett girls start fast, blow past Lady Jays

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Charleston's Jerquawnda Sherrell drives past Kennett's Jerica Wheeler Friday night in the Class 3, District 1 Championship game. David Jenkins, Staff
KENNETT -- The Kennett Lady Indians were more than Charleston could handle Friday night. Kennett jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, knocking off the Lady Bluejays 52-26 in the Class 3 District 1 championship game.

The first few minutes of the game were a preview of things to come. Kennett got off to a hot start rattling off 15 unanswered points while the Lady Bluejays struggled from the field. The run was fueled by near-perfect shooting from Jerica Wheeler and Brittney Williams, who had eight points and seven points in the quarter respectively. Williams' seven points all came within the first two minutes.

The Lady Bluejays were finally able to get on the board at the 1:41 mark with a Kasuela Cooper layup. The only other offense in the quarter for Charleston was a layup by Jerquawnda Sherrell. The Lady Bluejays found themselves facing a 19-4 deficit after one quarter.

The second quarter was much like the first. Although the Lady Indians' offense wasn't quite as potent, they still managed to put up 12 points in the frame while limiting Charleston to just five points.

"We were on fire in the first and second quarters," said Kennett head coach Casey Bunting.

While the Lady Indians seemed unable to miss, the Lady Bluejays couldn't seem to get an offensive rhythm going. They shot just 4-of-16 from the field in the first half, and committed 14 turnovers.

"Our bread and butter all year has been getting easy scores and playing good defense," Charleston coach Michael Minner said. "When you don't score, you can't play full-court defense. We caused them a few fits at times whenever we did score, but unfortunately we probably missed 30 layups tonight. We had the looks and did the same thing that we've done all year, we just didn't score and didn't get anything going early. We dug ourselves a hole."

Kennett's only hiccup came in the third quarter. Although the Lady Indians attempted 15 shots, they connected on only four. They also turned the ball over 10 times in the quarter.

Meanwhile, the Lady Bluejays had their best offensive quarter of the night putting up 10 points.

"In the third quarter we were a little bit flat," said Kennett coach Casey Bunting. "Maybe we should skip halftime," Bunting joked. "We come out flat in the third sometimes, and I'm not sure why."

It was business as usual in the fourth quarter. The Lady Bluejays once again failed to reach double digit scoring putting up only seven points.

Kennett was able to extend their lead to 30 at one point, although the Lady Bluejays were able to gain a little ground to close out the game.

Wheeler finished with a game-high 25 points for the Lady Indians while Amos and Williams each added 11. Amos and Williams also reached double digit rebound totals, pulling down 14 and 12 respectively.

Charleston was led by Cooper and Jasmine Spence, who each finished with six.

While the Lady Bluejays' season ends at 20-6, Kennett will face Greenville Wednesday at the Bearcat Event Center in Dexter.

"We wish the best for Kennett," Minner said. "Casey does a tremendous job with them, and they played very well tonight. They did what they needed to do, and we'll pull for them in the next game. I'd like to see them represent us and I think they have a shot to get to state."


CHARLESTON (26) -- Jerquawnda Sherrell 2, Taylor Duenne 5, Kasuela Cooper 6, Ashley McCatrey 3, Jasmine Spence 6, Eneikqua Ewing 4. FG 10 FT 5-14 F 14. (3-pointers: Duenne 1, Fouled out: none.)

KENNETT (52) -- Alexandra Brown 1, Audrey White 2, Jerica Wheeler 25, Mackenzie Carr 2, Veronica Amos 11, Brittney Williams 11. FG 21 FT 8-16 F 14. (3-pointers: Wheeler 1, Amos 1. Fouled out: none.)