One need only watch a few moments of Kent City’s warmups on Wednesday night to see that the Covenant Christian Chargers were going to have their hands full. The Eagles were lighting up the nets well before game time and the hot hands didn’t cool when the clock started ticking.
The Eagles took the opening possession and immediately went on a 11-0 run. Their offense cooled slightly after the initial blitz, but carried a 15-6 lead into the second quarter. The six points scored by Covenant Christian in the first quarter would be the most they would notch in any quarter; netting five in the second and six again in the third and fourth quarters.
On the other end, the ladies in black continued to show why they have consistently been ranked among the best teams in the state this year and in prior seasons as well. The Chargers found some incredible defensive plays from Chloe Kaptein, who forcefully swatted several Eagle shot attempts and led the team along with Grace Kalsbeek with 4 points each. While the Eagles relied heavily on the sharpshooting of senior guards Jenna Harrison and Kenzie Bowers on Monday night, Kent City managed to score across the roster with five players scoring nine points or more.
Jenna Harrison led the Eagles for a second straight game and finished the night with 20 points. Lexie Bowers came off the bench to add 14 and was closely followed with 11 each by Maddie Geers & Taryn Preston. The Eagles made 14 three point shots for the game. One brief moment of concern came late in the game when Lexie Bowers appeared to bend her knee awkwardly, but she seemed to be moving ok a few minutes later.
The Eagles advance to their second quarterfinal appearance in four years with the 69-23 victory and face Schoolcraft High School, the winner of a 37-12 matchup with Gobles High School, at Portage Northern High School next Monday Night for the right to make the trip to Lansing’s Breslin Center in the state semifinal.