Kent city Advances Past Western michigan Christian to Regional Final
A year after being the unfortunate recipient of a Round of 32 showdown with then state ranked #1 Pewamo-Westphalia as the #2 ranked division 3 team in Michigan, the Eagles managed to overcome a significant size differential and keep things interesting long enough to blow the lid off the scoreboard and catch fire in the second half from beyond the arch in 2021 against a stout Western Michigan Christian team. The shooting spree coming across the lineup at one point in the second half pushed a narrow lead to 15 and the Eagles never looked back, advancing to the Division 3 sweet 16 and a rematch with Covenant Christian in the regional final.
The game was a low scoring affair in the first half as Kent City took a narrow 17-16 lead into the break. The Eagles scored as many points in each of the next two quarters, however, and stretched their lead going into the meat of the fourth quarter. The onslaught of three point buckets forced Western Michigan Christian to begin fouling their way to the bonus with a full four and a half minutes to go.
Jenna Harrison led the way for the Eagles with 21 and fellow senior guard Kenzie Bowers followed closely behind with 19. The Eagles made 10 three point buckets on the night across all scorers. Junior Kyla Wiersma led the way for WMC with 21 of her team’s 37 points in a dominant performance, that included the entirety of her team’s third quarter points. The Eagles advance to Wednesday’s showdown after the 53-37 win and face the Chargers of Covenant Christian. The two teams played in late February with the Eagles claiming the 20-point victory, but the Chargers will have their eye on turning the tables in the regional championship game and hope to earn a birth in the Division 3 Elite 8 state quarterfinal next week.