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Park Center 64 - Bloomington Kennedy 59

December 8, 2013
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Bloomington Kennedy and Park Center are not in the same class but the matchup between the Eagles (No. 3AAAA) and the Pirates (No. 2AAA) provided a matchup full of DI prospects and signees. Kennedy lost two of its best underclassmen to transfer this offseason but still puts a potent lineup on the floor led by Kenisha Bell, who will wow you with flashy plays all over the court. Park Center is led by Cayla McMorris who is committed to play at Wisconsin. This fast paced match up was a fun one to watch as the Pirates held on despite a late run to defeat the Eagles by a score of 64-59.

The first half got off to an intense start as both teams locked down defensively. Park Center led by one through nine minutes of play in the first half. McMorris came out strong for the Pirates as she distributed and scored early on the half, with numerous other Pirates getting on the board early.

Kennedy responded with a run at about the 9-minute mark, taking the lead back from the Pirates, and in this defensive battle, every possession was crucial. The pace started to quicken towards the end of the first half, with Mikayla Hayes scoring seven points by the 3-minute mark. Ann Simonet hit two threes and junior guard Hannah Schaub chipped in a three to help the Pirates open up a seven-point lead at the two and a half minute mark. The first half ended with the Pirates up 31-21 on the Eagles with McMorris leading the way for Park Center with eight points and Hayes added seven. For Kennedy, Bell scored seven and Lashayla Wright had six points.

The second half began with Kennedy trying to make a run at the 10-point deficit they faced and trying to disrupt the steady guard play that helped the Pirates take control of the first half. Schaub of the Pirates showed off a little bit of her ball handling ability when she took Marquette commit Bell off the dribble and drew a foul, then sank the free throws to extend the lead to 15 with 13 minutes to go. Park Center led by 16 with nine minutes to go and in what could be called a surprise, especially since they held Kennedy to only 27 points through 27 minutes of play.

Kennedy made a run though, cutting the lead to ten with four and a half minutes to go led by Bell and Tonoia Wade. In the end it was Park Center who held on to complete a nail biting victory over the Bloomington Kennedy Eagles. The Pirates were led by McMorris who netted 25 points for the Pirates. The Eagles were led by Bell who put up 21 points for the Eagles.

-- Bennett Smed

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