Pictured is the Kennett eighth grade girls basketball team. Kennett's eighth grade placed first in the Bootheel Conference Tournament at South Pemiscot Friday night.
Top-seeded Kennett edged second-seeded Senath-Hornersville 29-24 in the seventh grade conference championship.
"They are a good team that is a little bit taller than us," Kennett coach Janet Hilburn said of Senath-Hornersville. "We had to play more post players than usual. I said throughout 'the team that got back on defense better was going to win.' At the start of the game they had us out of kilter. We had to regroup at halftime."
No. 1 seeded Kennett cruised to a 43-23 win against third-seeded Portageville in the eighth grade title game.
"They got in foul trouble," Hilburn said of Portageville. "They've got a really good team. They are big and I knew our inside girls were going to have to work. I told them 'we were going to have to hustle and get to playing.' We didn't have our point guard the second half because of foul trouble and my subs stepped up and made it happen."
Pictured is the Kennett seventh grade girls basketball team. Kennett's seventh grade placed first in the Bootheel Conference Tournament at South Pemiscot Friday night.
"Just straight man," Senath-Hornersville coach Josh Herring said of the defensive strategy during the run. "We didn't do anything special. We tried to keep the ball out of Dakayla Duckworth's hands the best we could and she still ended up with the ball. She's a great athlete and has been coached really well. We thought we could do some good things defensively and we did at times."
Kennett's Dakayla Duckworth and Makaya Jones tallied all 11 of Kennett's points in the second quarter. Duckworth and Jones both drained four free throws in the final two minutes of the first half. The Lady Indians ended the first half on a 9-0 run and led 15-12 at halftime.
Senath-Hornersville went back on top briefly with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter when Madi Shrum calculated a two-point field goal. Shrum recorded both of her field goals after halftime and finished the game with seven points.
Kennett recorded the final three points of the third quarter to moved ahead 20-18 entering the fourth period. The Lady Indians opened the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run, which allowed the lead to swell to 26-18 with 3:37 remaining in regulation.
Pictured is the Senath-Hornersville seventh grade girls basketball team. Senath-Hornersville placed second the Bootheel Conference Tournament Friday night.
Senath-Hornersville scored the next six points to trim Kennett's lead to 26-24 with 1:15 left in regulation, but never scored again.
Both teams committed 14 fouls in the first half of the game. Kennett and Senath-Hornersville both tallied nine 2-point field goals. Kennett was 11 of 32 (34 percent) from the free-throw-line and Senath-Hornersville was 6 of 14 (43 percent).
Senath-Hornersville's seventh grade finishes the season with a record of 8-3.
"We did a lot of things well to become champions," Herring said. "I thought the Kennett Lady Indians played a good game against us and made good adjustments in the game. We just couldn't come out on top in the end. I wish we could have hit a few more shots. We missed some easy buckets, but overall we had a great season and I could not be more happy with the team I've got and I thought both teams played well tonight."
Duckworth led Kennett with 16 points and Samantha Salas had a team-high nine points for Senath-Hornersville.
Kennett never trailed Portageville in the eighth grade championship. Kennett outscored Portageville in every quarter and did not allow a Portageville field goal in the third quarter. Kennett led 11-4 after the first quarter, 21-12 at halftime and 33-13 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Heidi Shetley calculated a team-high 16 points for Kennett and Deondra Johnson paced Portageville with eight points.
Kennett's eighth grade finishes the season with a record of 11-3. Kennett's eighth graders also won the Bootheel Conference Tournament as seventh graders.
"They've got a very successful team if they can stay together," Hilburn said. "The guards and post-players should be able to help the junior varsity out next season."
View box scores from Friday's championship games below:
7th Grade Girls Championship: No. 1 Kennett 29, No. 2 Senath-Hornersville 24
SHS 4 8 6 6 -24
KMS 4 11 6 8 -29
SENATH-HORNERSVILLE (24) - Samantha Salas 9, Anahi Delacruz 4, Madi Shrum 7, Miranda Perkins 4. FG 9, F/T 4/16, F 22. (3-pointer: none. Fouled out: none)
KENNETT (29) - Dakayla Duckworth 16, Kayton Harris 4, Hailee Potts 2, Makaya Jones 6, Alaya Jones 1. FG 9, F/T 11/32, F 18. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none)
8th Grade Girls Championship: No. 1 Kennett 43, No. 3 Portageville 23
PMS 4 8 1 10 - 23
KMS 11 10 12 10 - 43
PORTAGEVILLE (23) - Adrienne Duncan 6, Deondra Johnson 8, Mya Blacksure 2, Cassie Lenand 5, Makeisha Taylor 2. FG 9, F/T 5/10, F 14. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none)
KENNETT (43) - Hadley Hilburn 4, Kermess Wilkerson 8, Anna Wheeler 5, Kaylee Crafton 4, Heidi Shetley 16, Jasmine Jones 4, Rochelle Halliburton 2. FG 20, F/T 3/18, F 18. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none) .