Kennett girls basketball routs East Prairie 55-26

Photo by Jonathan Jain, staff
Kennett’s Taleigh Harrell takes a shot near East Prairie’s Tori Stinnett in a varsity girls basketball game Thursday night at Kennett.

KENNETT, Mo. - The Kennett Indian varsity girls basketball team scored the first 10 points in its game against the East Prairie Eagles on Thursday night. Kennett had three players score in double figures as the Indians beat East Prairie in a 55-26 rout.

Kennett pressed the East Prairie offense and capitalized by scoring buckets in transition. Midway through the first quarter, Kennett led 10-0. By halftime, Kennett’s lead had grown to 29-8. The Lady Indians maintained a solid lead throughout the entire game. Kennett improved to a 12-10 record, while East Prairie fell to 0-14 on the season.

Aaron New, Kennett’s head coach, liked his team’s effort. “We felt pretty good. Our offense was better tonight,” he said.

New went on to praise Kennett’s leading scorer for the night, sole senior Mallory Morrow. “I’m really proud of Mallory Morrow. Mallory is our only senior. The last three days in practice, she’s practiced harder than anybody out there, and she came out tonight and scored 18 points,” New said. “We’re extremely proud of her.”

Kennett had three players scoring in double figures. Morrow scored 18 points for the Lady Indians, including five 3-pointers; Taleigh Harrell continued her impressive freshman season with 14 points; and Kyra Jaco had 12 points, with three 3-pointers.

Makenzie Williams led East Prairie with 15 points. Williams, a 6-foot center, defended the paint and had several blocks. On Wednesday, she signed her letter of intent to be on the Southeast Missouri State University track and field team. “She’s really important. She’s been a four-year starter for our program, and she’s going to be missed,” said East Prairie coach Ron Riddle. “We’re just trying to play hard and let the girls learn a good work ethic through her.”

Riddle saw progress in his team throughout the game. “We have a really young team. I thought the girls really played hard. Our ball movement was probably the best we’ve had all year,” he said. “We’re starting to get open shots now; we just have to start making them.”

On Monday, Kennett has a home game against Cape Central (13-7). “We have to come in and have good days of practice on Friday and Sunday. We’ll watch film on them and see what they look like from there,” New said.

East Prairie’s next game will be Friday against Oak Ridge (2-12). “We’re just taking it one game at a time, like the old cliché says. We’ve got a chance. I think they have a young team as well, so it should be a good matchup for us,” Riddle said. “We’re looking forward to getting back in there and trying to win one.”

Kennett 55, East Prairie 26

KHS 15 14 16 10 - 55

EPHS 4 4 11 7 - 26

KENNETT (55) - Mallory Morrow 18, Taleigh Harrell 14, Kyra Jaco 12, Caroline Patton 4, Katara Raiford 4, Anelle Harris 3. FG 17, FT 13/22, F 7. (3-pointers: Morrow 5, Jaco 3; Fouled out: Patton).

EAST PRAIRIE (26) - Makenzie Williams 15, Ryanne Ambrose 5, Katie Brewer 2, Alexi Gammons 2, Jewels Smith 2. FG 11, FT 3/6, F 17. (3-pointers: Ambrose 1; Fouled out: Smith).

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