Kennett's Lara Abmeyer heads to the basket Tuesday night. Abmeyer paced Kennett with 16 points. [Order this photo]
"We talked a great deal the last couple of days about team execution of the game," Baxter said. "I feel like we are going to be successful in the long haul if we can play a lot of people. What we are trying to get the girls to understand is to give 100 percent all the time and always look for the assist. I think if you are always unselfish when a game is tied you have a better chance of winning.
"If you do that at the first of the year it starts becoming a mindset midyear that you are supposed to do it all the time and by the end of the year it is just a reaction," Baxter continued. "I'm very happy with the team execution tonight."
Kennett never trailed Caruthersville Tuesday. The Lady Indians led 31-10 by halftime. Kennett limited Caruthersville to a single-digit scoring total in every quarter.
"I believe our biggest success as a team was how good we executed our defense," Baxter said. "We realize we are not the biggest, dominating team. But when we can play pretty good team defense and get some double teams and quick releases it gives us a better chance in the win column."
Kennett had 11 players score. Six players scored for Caruthersville.
"I thought Courtney McElhaney had a good start tonight and Jenny Lockhert was strong as always," Baxter said. "Lara Abmeyer was our leading scorer. She was very aggressive to the rim. It's great if you've got one, two or three that are aggressive with the ball."
Kennett's Lara Abmeyer was the only player to finish with a double-digit scoring total for either team. She tallied 16 points. Caruthersville was led in scoring by Shaunquell Grant who scored six points.
"We are finally starting to get some people healthy," Baxter said. "I feel like Kate Shetley is almost there and Darby Sparks is very close to being all the way healthy where she can get a full contest in.
"We do have one player with an ankle injury," Baxter continued. "Daqueshia Duckworth twisted an ankle two days ago in practice. We are a little concerned about her so we tried her out in the junior varsity game tonight. She did fine."
Kennett won the junior varsity girls game against Caruthersville 39-31.
Kennett will play at Portageville Thursday at 6 p.m. Kennett beat Portageville 46-37 last week in the third-place game at the Lady Bulldogs Classic.
"We feel like Portageville is a trap game for us and they will be of the mindset they are going to trap us over there," Baxter said. "I don't believe we were healthy when we defeated them at the South Pemiscot Tournament, but they are going to be at home and more comfortable than they were a week ago. Every team will feel better about themselves the second week of the season than they did the first week of the season. So when we face that we've got to adhere to our team stuff. We were very unselfish tonight and I'm very excited about the future."
Varsity Girls: Kennett 53, Caruthersville 18
CHS 4 6 3 5 - 18
KHS 15 16 12 10 - 53
CARUTHERSVILLE (18) - Dawnisha Jordan 2, Shaunquell Grant 6, Nikita Hunt 4, Brashauna Mack 2, Mariah Jackson 2, Tanasia Carter 2. FG 8, FT 2/8, F 13. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none)
KENNETT (53) - Jenny Lockhert 2, Kaytlyn Parker 2, Darby Sparks 1, Anna Kay Hilburn 8, Lara Abmeyer 16, Rausheda Rose 2, Kenna Hounihan 2, Kate Shetley 6, Sarah Siebenhuener 2, Mary Callaway 6, Courtney McElhaney 4, Daqueshia Duckworth 2. FG 24, FT 5/9, F 13. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none)