Kennett beats Campbell 41-29 in Bootheel Conference seventh grade boys basketball championship

Photo by Dustin Ward, staff
Pictured is the Kennett seventh grade boys basketball team with its first-place plaque after beating Campbell in the championship of the Bootheel Conference Tournament Thursday night at Malden.

MALDEN, Mo. - Kennett seventh grade boys basketball coach Travis Wilcut encouraged his squad to deliver a championship performance on championship night at the Bootheel Conference Tournament Thursday night.

"We started off pretty slow in the first half,” Wilcut said. “We knew we weren’t playing how we were supposed to play from the get-go. At halftime I reminded them we’ve got bigger goals than this and if they want a strong future at the next level they’ve got to respond in moments like this.”

No. 1 seeded Kennett responded by winning the third quarter by seven points to increase its lead to 31-18 by the start of the fourth quarter and hung on to beat No. 2 seeded Campbell 41-29 in the title game of the Bootheel Conference Tournament Thursday at Malden.

“They were either going to fall back or play the type of basketball we taught them to play,” Wilcut said of the second half. “In the second half they came out and got the job done and we were able to stretch our lead out.”

William Gaines and D’Shun Wilson paced Kennett with a dozen points each.

Ben Rowland led Campbell with 13 points.

Kennett finishes its season with a record of 10-2.

“This seventh-grade group is special,” Wilcut said. “It’s rare to coach a middle school group like this one. Up and down the roster I have 14 kids that all come to practice, work hard, and work well with each other. We don’t have just one person that carries this team. It’s a complete team effort. This team is a gift from the guy up above and I was honored to coach this group this year.”

7th: No. 1 Kennett 41, No. 2 Campbell 29

CHS 7 6 5 11 - 29

KHS 8 11 12 10 - 41

CAMPBELL (29) - Cameron Thomas 2, Carson Weidenbenner 4, Preston Campbell 5, Conner Patrick 2, Ben Rowland 13, Hunter Tate 3. FG 12, FT 4/9, F 6. (3-pointers: Tate 1; Fouled out: None).

KENNETT (41) - Dyson Watson 8, Joseph Tribble 6, William Gaines 12, Tannon Amerson 3, D’Shun Wilson 12. FG 17, FT 4/9, F 13. (3-pointers: Watson 2, Amerson 1; Fouled out: None)

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