Donettes rout Kennett
The Kennett Lady Indians got a firsthand glimpse Tuesday of where they would like to be as a program one day.
However, Tuesday was not that day, as the Lady Indians took a 75-23 loss to the state-ranked Doniphan Donettes in a SEMO Conference contest.
"Doniphan is an excellent team," Kennett coach Casey Bunting said. "They are a fine example of a great program that has been developed. I think they would be a great role model for the Kennett girls."
The Donettes (18-4, 4-3 SEMO) did not need long to show why they are Class 3's fourth-ranked team, jumping out to a 33-11 lead after one quarter and taking a 50-14 lead to the locker room.
"We talked about taking control early -- just talked about being ready to play early ... " Doniphan coach Jimbo Blackwell said. "I thought we moved the ball well offensively. I thought we were organized and (played well) tonight."
Doniphan's depth was another key factor, as 12 players broke into the scoring column and its bench outscored Kennett's reserves 34-4.
"That's always been a big factor," Blackwell said of his team's depth. "We always try to play a lot of people. We always try to play uptempo, play a lot of players and wear people down. ... I thought we just shot it real well early. Anytime you shoot it well, it makes things easier."
Shoot it well the Donettes did on Tuesday, draining seven 3-pointers -- three by Haily Reed -- and frustrating the Lady Indians' defensive plans.
"We couldn't drop into a zone because they hit every 3 they shoot," Bunting said. "We were forced to stay in man and they (capitalized) tonight."
Kennett (4-17, 0-6) also battled illness Tuesday as starter Tanika Parker was hampered by a bug and did not score, while Megan Walker did not dress due to illness.
Bunting did see a silver lining in Tuesday's loss, however.
"This was a good night to get some experience for my younger girls," Bunting said. "Most of the jayvee got a lot of varsity time, which will benefit us next year."
Reed led Doniphan with 13 points, while all-stater Morgan Davis and Jordan Hart each tossed in 10. Four more Donettes scored at least six points.
Hope Sparks led the Lady Indians with seven points, while Jessie Greenway added five and Tierra Sherrill finished with four.
Kennett is back in action this afternoon when it hosts Poplar Bluff in a 3 p.m. varsity-only contest before heading to Charleston Thursday.
Notes: Both teams committed eight fouls each Tuesday. ... Davis recently gave a verbal commitment to play basketball Three Rivers Community College next season. ... Doniphan is ranked fourth in the new Class 3 state poll that was released today and is favored to win the Class 3, District 2 Tournament. The Donettes finished fourth in at the Class 3 Show-Me Showdown last season. ... There was no junior varsity game Tuesday.
At Gideon, the top-seeded Reindeer had little trouble with the No. 8 Rebels, jumping out to a 58-30 halftime lead and cruising into Thursday's semifinals.
Tyler Criglar scored a game-high 24 points for Clarkton (20-1), while Dustin Ferguson tossed in 20 and the duo of Casey Redden and DeAngelo White each finished with 10.
Justin Kersey paced Southland (4-17) with 21 points, while Michael George chipped in 20 and Jason Cox added 15.
The Reindeer take on fourth-seeded North Pemiscot Thursday at 7 p.m. in semifinal action.