C3D1 Girls Basketball Quarterfinal: No. 3 seeded Kennett eliminates No. 6 seeded Caruthersville 49-30

Photo by Jonathan Jain, staff
Kennett's Taleigh Harrell takes a jumper against Caurthersville's Nybria Carter in a Class 3, District 1 girls basketball quarterfinal Saturday at Kennett High School.

KENNETT, Mo. - The No. 3 seeded Kennett Indians varsity girls basketball team played well from the tipoff and scored 31 points in the first half in its matchup against the No. 6 seeded Caruthersville Tigers on Saturday.

Host Kennett rode its lead past Caruthersville to a 49-30 victory in a Class 3, District 1 quarterfinal.

Aaron New, the head coach for the Indians, was pleased with his team’s first-half performance.

“I thought we played pretty well in the first half,’ he said. "For us to have 31 points in a half, that’s a good half for us. I thought we were pretty balanced scoring, and in the first half, we really played well defensively. We slowed them down and didn’t give them anything in transition. I was really pleased overall with the first half.”

After being down 31-9 at halftime, Caruthersville had a better second-half effort. Caruthersville outscored Kennett 21-18 in the second half, as the Indians struggled to score.

“We dug ourselves a hole in the first half. We didn’t play with very much energy offensively or defensively,” Caruthersville head coach Bradley Sneed said. “I think that the first half pretty much told the story of the game.”

Kennett was led by freshman Taleigh Harrell, who had 14 points. Kyra Jaco, Kaniya Madlock, and Caroline Patton each had eight points for the Indians, and they each drained two 3-pointers. Anelle Harris scored seven points, and Mallory Morrow had four points in the win.

Keara Johnson was Caruthersville’s leading scorer with 13 points. Karmella Robinson had 10 points, and Laticia Hamilton scored seven points for the Tigers.

Caruthersville finishes its season with a 7-12 record. Despite the losing record, Sneed is optimistic about next year.

“Six games we lost were by an average of about three points,” Sneed said. "[Keara] Johnson is leaving, but we’re bringing back some girls that can really help us. We had a few get hurt that didn’t play this year. Next year, I like our chances.”

Kennett will play No. 2 seed Doniphan in a district semifinal game on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The two teams faced each other earlier in the season, with Doniphan rolling to a 66-32 road victory.

“They’re a very good team,” New said. "They bring a lot of pressure, so we’ll have to do a good job of handling their pressure. When we get opportunities to make easy buckets or if we get some easy shots, we’re going to have to make them. If we come and play hard, I think we’ll have a decent chance.”

No. 3 Kennett 49, No. 6 Caruthersville 30

KHS 9 22 8 10 - 49

CHS 5 4 10 11 - 30

KENNETT (49) - Taleigh Harrell 14, Kyra Jaco 8, Kaniya Madlock 8, Caroline Patton 8, Anelle Harris 7, Mallory Morrow 4. FG 20, FT 3/6, F 12. (3-pointers: Jaco 2, Madlock 2, Patton 2; Fouled out: none).

CARUTHERSVILLE (30) - Keara Johnson 13, Karmella Robinson 10, Laticia Hamilton 7. FG 11, FT 5/13, F 14. (3-pointers: Hamilton 2, Robinson 1; Fouled out: none).

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