Kendall falls in second half

By on January 13, 2020

Kendall led by as many as seven points in the second quarter against previously undefeated Northstar Christian Academy, but managed just seven points offensively over the final two quarters in a 40-26 loss in girls basketball.

Trailing 5-0, the Eagles went on a 13-2 run started when senior tri-captain Autumn Woodward came off the bench to hit a baseline jumper. Sophomore Alezya Brown and senior tri-captain Katie Pearson each hit consecutive field goals, and sophomore Elizabeth Snyder a bank shot during the spurt.

Senior tri-captain Brittney Marks later scored on a breakaway and Brown a put-back to put the Eagles ahead by two late in the second quarter, but the Knights started to solve the Kendall zone defense and outscored the Eagles 23-9 the rest of the game to hand them their fourth loss in a row after opening the campaign with three straight wins.

“We struggled to score and missed some easy shots,” said Kendall head coach Jeff Parizek. “We turned the ball over a little too much forcing some passes and we just didn’t play together well offensively. But our defense was good – that team is 7-0 and we held them to 17 points at halftime and 40 for the game which should give us a chance to win the game.”

Snyder led the team with 11 rebounds and added five points and three steals while Brown had a team-best nine points and added seven rebounds for the Eagles. Pearson chipped in four points with three steals, Marks one field goal with a pair of steals while Woodward, Ciera Kupferschmid, and Julie Coble each added a bucket.