Kent City routs Morley Stanwood 61-35 in CSAA Silver showdown

Morley Stanwood’s Sadie Parker (50) gets set to battle Kent City’s Mikayla Loew (41) and Audrey Dreyer (12) for the ball. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

MORLEY — It would have been a whole new race in the Central State Activities Association Silver Division girls basketball season with a Morley Stanwood victory on Friday over Kent City.

But the Eagles didn’t go along with that idea.

In a game with the title at stake, Kent City (16-3, 9-0) defeated Morley Stanwood (10-9, 7-2) 61-35. The Mohawks would have tied Kent City for first place with a win.

Kent City won 59-43 at home against the Mohawks in January.

This time, the Eagles built a 14-2 lead in the first quarter and defensively continued to frustrate the Mohawks.

It was 14-3, going into the second. The Mohawks tried to make their move in the second. But Zara Weber’s 3-point play upped the Kent City lead to 17-6.

It was 22-11, Eagles, at halftime.

“They came out of the gate and we tried to go to a 3-2 to try to contain their shooters,” Mohawk coach Rob Brauher said. “They made us get out of it real quick. They got an early lead on us and we struggled to control the ball.

“We didn’t get a lot of offense in the first quarter. In the second quarter, we kind of slowed them down and made it 11 points at halftime. I told the girls we haven’t played well yet and are only down by 11 so we have a shot.”

Sadie Parker had a key basket for the Mohawks early in the third. But Kent City was up comfortably 47-22 going into the fourth.

“Our Achilles heel for the season has been our turnovers,” Brauher said.

Weber had 23 points for Kent City. Jenna Harrison and Kenzie Bowers added 16 apiece. Brooke Brauher had 12 points and 14 rebounds and Breanna Berry added 10 points and nine rebounds for Morley Stanwood.

“We got beat down the court way too many times,” Mohawk senior Bethany Elenbaas. “They were really aggressive. We panicked a lot of times. We knew we had to play to their intensity and play our game without panicking.”

The Mohawks ended the regular season at White Cloud on Friday.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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