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Kennett boys experience first losing-streak of season, suffer 69-42 loss to state-ranked Charleston

Saturday, January 26, 2013

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Kennett's Rantrell Caruthers soars to the basket. [Order this photo]
KENNETT, Mo. - The Kennett Indians varsity boys basketball team suffered consecutive losses for the first time this season Friday night when it dropped a home contest to the state-ranked Charleston Bluejays 69-42.

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Kennett's Jay Edgington penetrates to the basket Friday against Charleston.
Kennett played Charleston to a 16-16 stalemate in the first quarter before it was outscored by 11 points in the second period. Charleston led the contest 36-25 at halftime. The Bluejays maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half.

"I thought in the first half in general, but especially in the second quarter, we struggled to move in the half-court," Kennett coach Jim Vaughan said. "That was a point of emphasis to be able to move tough with and without the basketball. When you stand in one spot in the half-court they guard you pretty good one-on-one and that makes it tough on whoever has the basketball in their hands.

"We wanted to get the ball in the post tonight," Vaughan continued. "We didn't do that one time in the first half. Not one time did we throw it to the post. We did a better job of trying to execute that in the second half. We still had our struggles, but if we would have thrown it to the post a little bit more maybe it's a single-digit game in the first half."

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i Kennett's Antonio Primer handles the ball in the paint.
Kennett's largest margin of defeat in the 2012-13 season was 21 points to West Memphis, Ark., on Nov. 23 before it suffered a 27-point loss to Charleston Friday.

"In spurts we were effective," Charleston coach Danny Farmer said. "I thought Kennett did a great job on us defensively. We normally score in the 80s. Kennett kept us out of sync most of the night, but we were able to win by such a large margin because we created turnovers. If they had taken care of the ball a little better it could have been a closer game because we missed shots offensively."

Six players scored at least eight points for Charleston.

Michael Hull hit two of Charleston's six treys on his way to a team-high 14 points. Delfincko Bogan also knocked down two treys on his way to a 13-point night for the Bluejays. Ryan Parham calculated 10 points for Charleston.

Trey Watkins tallied nine points for the Bluejays. Sumner Foster and Shandor Webster each recorded eight points for Charleston.

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Kennett's Divante Taylor attacks the basket.
"We kind of wear our opponents down as we go," Farmer said. "We try to substitute and play anywhere from eight to nine players and apply defensive pressure the entire time. We've had success doing that."

Kevonte Mitchell, who entered this week averaging a team-high 22.6 points per game for Kennett, was unavailable Friday night. Mitchell was also unavailable to play in Tuesday's home contest against Twin Rivers - a game Kennett lost 54-53 in overtime.

Antonio Primer, who was also unavailable for Tuesday's game, led Kennett's offense against Charleston. Primer tallied 10 points and brought down eight rebounds.

Materion Jones scored nine points for Kennett. The Indians' Cameron Harper had a team-high four assists.

"Losing Kevonte's scoring takes a big chunk of our offense away," Vaughan said. "Coach Patton and I talked at halftime that Kevonte would probably be able to get to the basket better than some of our kids were able to tonight. It hurt us not having his offense. We were going to combat that by throwing it to Antonio as many times as we could. He did score a little bit in the first half from the perimeter, but not one time did we feed him the ball on the block. When we get the two back together it will make some other people better because we will have two people to go to consistently and defenses will have to concentrate on them."

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Kennett's Akeem Nelson blocks a shot taken by Charleston's Robert Bogan.
Charleston returns to SEMO Conference action Tuesday when it plays at Jackson. The Bluejays currently support an 18-2 record and are ranked No. 2 in the latest Class 3 state poll.

"It's going to be tough," Farmer said of playing Jackson. "They are big and tall. We've played them once and beat them by 18, but it will be a game playing them at their place. We will have to keep getting better and welcome on all challenges. We are just trying to keep getting better and play hard because every night out we are playing a team that challenges us."

Kennett (11-7) begins play in the Bootheel Conference Tournament next week. The Indians have received the No. 1 seed in the 7-team tournament and will receive a first-round bye.

Fourth-seeded Portageville will play fifth-seeded Malden in a quarterfinal contest Tuesday at 5 p.m. Kennett will play the winner in a championship semifinal of the single-elimination tournament Thursday at 6 p.m. The conference championship is slated to take place Friday at 7:30 p.m.

"What I love about it is we've got until Thursday to get ready," Vaughan said of the six-day layoff. "We can get our legs back underneath us and spend individual time we need to spend on offensive play. The one thing I don't like about it is we don't know who we will play until Tuesday. I'd like to prepare all week, but at least we will can have two hard days of individual time and a couple of days to prepare for our opponent."

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Kennett's No. 50 Divante Taylor looks on as Kennett's Harold Weeden takes a shot. [Order this photo]
Charleston 69, Kennett 42

CHS 16 20 17 16 - 69

KHS 16 9 10 7 -42

CHARLESTON (69) - Delfincko Bogan 13, Robert Bogan 6, Ryan Parham 10, Michael Hull 14, Trey Watkins 9, Darrion Henderson 1, Sumner Foster 8, Shandor Webster 8. FG 27, FT 9/14, F 11. (3-pointers: Bogan 2, Hall 2, Watkins 1, Parham 1. Fouled out: Foster)

KENNETT (42) - Cameron Harper 6, Rantrell Caruthers 2, Akeem Nelson 6, Jay Edgington 4, Collin Smith 4, Harold Weeden 1, Antonio Primer 10, Materion Jones 9. FG 17, FT 3/6, F 16. (3-pointers: Harper 2, Primer 1, Jones 1, Edgington 1. Fouled out: none)

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We have alot of work to do if we are to be ready for sikeston later this month. It's good to have #50 Divante Taylor back in the line up! He has been out with an injury. Go big Nook! With that being said, lets get ready for Bootheel conf. play, Yes we have key players out for one reason or another. I say pull together and lets use our whole bench, that means get them all ready to if needed play the starting five spots...........Go Kennett Indians!

-- Posted by reldog72 on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 1:22 PM

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