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Kent City Advances to District Final with Win Over Hesperia

The gym at Kent City High School could have been temperature controlled off the scorching hot shooting of the Kent City Eagles, alone, on Tuesday night in their opening match of post-season play.

Any energy savings that were accumulated earlier in the week were quickly spent on Thursday night as the Eagles went stone cold much of the night when they faced the Hesperia High School Panthers in the semi-final.

The Eagles managed to create open looks through their offense early and often, but were unable to capitalize. Shot after shot was off the mark and, at times, fans could have been forgiven for wondering if a prankster had fastened plastic wrap over the rim.

In lieu of their trademark three point barrage, the Eagles relied on their defensive pressure to separate from their opponent. The Eagle press kept the ball on the Kent City side of half court most of the evening and gave the cold shooters plenty of time to warm up the rims for Friday’s third clash of the season against Morley Stanwood. So, despite significant shooting woes that most fans of the Eagles have rarely seen in recent years, Kent City led 34-7 at the half.

The uncharacteristic shooting may have been a timely, though unexpected, positive. The early shooting woes meant Eagles had to call upon additional scorers further down the typical stat sheet than junior standouts Kenzie Bowers and Jenna Harrison. The Eagles got their primary offense from underclassmen Lexie Bowers (Kenzie Bowers’ freshman sister) who was also aided in stretches by sophomore Taryn Preston. The pair will undoubtedly have to contribute as significant scoring options when the Eagles move on to face state ranked competition later in the post-season, should they advance that far.

Lexie Bowers finished the Game with 19 points and Preston Finished with 7. Harrison finished with 10 points and K. Bowers ended the night with 13 points; an altogether quiet evening for the duo on one of the few remaining nights this season that they will not be needed to be electric in order for the Eagles to advance.

Despite the obvious shooting slump, Kent City managed a 61-26 victory while running through substitution lines and getting JV call-ups some varsity action for much of the second half.

Kent City will undoubtedly have to shoot better on Friday to secure their third win over the Mohawks this season. After a blowout first matchup, the Mohawks played a tighter game just a few weeks ago and will look to build on that performance Friday evening at “The Nest.”

Kent City Boys & Girls Catch Fire Against Hesperia Squads

Fans of the Kent City Eagles have witnessed some incredible basketball over the years and grown accustomed to dazzling displays of fundamentals, talent and skill on the hardwood over the last few seasons in particular.

It is an impressive thing to stun a fanbase that has become so desensitized to such incredible and consistent performances.

Fans at the Nest were treated to such a thing on Friday night. In the first game of the Friday double-header, the Lady Eagles appeared to be on an absolute mission as Kent City hit 7 three point shots in the first quarter, alone.

Kent City absolutely overwhelmed the visiting Panthers with a scorching press defense that only exacerbated the shock of the Eagles’ repetitive three point barrage.

Several Panther players were visibly shaken by the speed with which Kent City was able to generate turnovers and points. In the end, the Eagles proved why they have been such a force in recent years as they beat Hesperia 63-17 and gave a preview of what was to come the rest of the night.

Kenzie Bowers led the Eagles in scoring with 17 points. She was joined in double figures by  Jenna Harrison (11 points) and Mikayla Loew (10 points). Lexie Bowers and Joan Carr also provided a scoring spark off the bench with 9 points each.

The Kent City boys had seemingly no sooner taken the court for warmups than tore open another big lead in the night’s finale.

As with the first game of the night, the Eagles started fast and hard, establishing full-court pressure that generated easy fast break points and opened up the half-court offense with a combination of aggressive shots in the paint and kick-outs to open three point shooters.

The Hesperia boys seemed even more ill-equipped to handle the onslaught than the Lady Panthers had been in the first game and found themselves on the wrong side of a 25-1 first quarter score.

The Eagles started running through waves of substitutions deep into the bench the rest of the way, but each wave only provided fresh legs to apply unrelenting pressure to the Panthers offense.

The Eagles closed out the night with a 77-16 victory. Eli Carlson produced a game high 18 points, which was supported by three other Eagles (Casen Armstrong, Hayden Carlson and Max Hudson) who all finished with 11 points a piece.

The Eagle boys and girls both travel the short distance to Cedar Springs for a four game gauntlet (JV Girls/Boys & Varsity Girls/Boys) on Saturday and host conference rival Morley Stanwood High School for another four game showcase and conference lead next Tuesday (JV Girls/Boys & Varsity Girls/Boys).