Region 5-AA tournament roundup: Kendrick girls remain undefeated with win over Bowdon

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 17, 2014 

With one long scoring run, the Kendrick girls basketball team erased any doubt over whether it’d continue its unbeaten season.

The Lady Cherokees dominated visiting Bowdon in the Region 5-AA semifinals on Monday at Kendrick, scoring the game’s first 31 points and rolling to a 77-25 victory.

With the win, Kendrick (23-0) advances to Tuesday’s region final against Manchester, which defeated Spencer in the day’s first game. It is also one win away from entering the playoffs undefeated for the second consecutive season. Last year, the Lady Cherokees made it to the state semifinals before losing a game, their first and only loss of the season.

Kendrick left no doubt early on Monday that it would continue its region domination.

Led by senior Kahlia Lawrence’s 10 first-quarter points, it outscored Bowdon 19-0 in the opening quarter. Then, for the first two and a half minutes of the second, it continued its long scoring run. It notched 12 more in a row, making it 31-0 and effectively putting the game out of reach before halftime.

Bowdon’s first basket came at the hands of Katlynn Buchanan, who hit a short runner and got fouled, making the score 31-3, but momentum never switched hands.

It was 41-12 at the half and 58-21 after three quarters.

After her big first quarter, Lawrence slowed down a bit and finished with a game-high 22. Nobody else notched double figures, but 12 players total scored points for Kendrick. Brittany Thompson and Taylor Farley each scored nine and Angela Jones added eight.

Buchanan led Bowdon with 10 points.

With its loss, Bowdon will play in the region consolation game on Tuesday against Spencer. The winner of that game will earn the region’s third seed in the state Class AA playoffs.

Kendrick and Manchester play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kendrick. Bowdon and Spencer play at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Kendrick.

Kendrick boys 73, Spencer 63

A close contest between the Cherokees and Greenwave was decided in the fourth quarter when the former stretched a slim three-point lead to 10 in the closing minutes of the game.

Kendrick led 46-43 going into the final frame, but went on a 15-5 run to jump in front 61-48. It survived a late push and hung on for the 10-point victory.

With the win, Kendrick, which was the second seed in the tournament, advances to the region championship game against the winner of Manchester. That game will be played at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kendrick.

Spencer will face the loser of Jordan in the consolation final at 5:30 p.m. at Kendrick.

Kendrick was led in scoring by Jontavis Miles’ 23 points. Jordan Hall added 17, Marquis Bonner had 13 and Emmanuel Brown at 12. Spencer had three players in double figures: Deondre Hubbard with 17, Keanis Bush 11 and Kimani Bush with 10.

Manchester girls 60, Spencer 57

The Lady Blue Devils trailed for most of the first half and only took at slim two-point lead into halftime. A big third quarter stretched its lead to as many as 16 before Spencer roared back to retake the lead late.

Manchester escaped the scrum with a three-point, 60-57 victory, however, to advance to the girls region championship game. It will face Kendrick, which defeated Bowdon in the second girls game, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kendrick. Spencer will face Bowdon in the consolation game at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Manchester was led by Ternazha McGruder’s 18 points and DeAudra Copeland’s 16. Spencer was led by Tatyana Griffin’s 16 points and J’Kerria Garrett’s 14.

Manchester boys 74, Jordan 49

The Manchester boys rolled to an easy victory over Jordan in the Region 5-AA boys semifinal at Kendrick on Monday.

Manchester, which was the tournament’s top seed, will face Kendrick in Tuesday’s region final at 8:30 p.m. Jordan will face Spencer in the consolation game at 5:30 p.m.

Manchester was led by Demacus Addie’s 16 points and Quin Prather’s 13. Jordan was led in the loss by L.D. Jones (12 points) and Onte’ Harrison (12 points).

Monday at Kendrick

Bowdon 0 12 9 4—25

Kendrick 19 22 17 19—77

Bowdon (25)

Katlynn Buchanan 10, Nunn 4, Wood 3, Stephens 2, Brock 2, Smiley 2, Phillips 2.

Kendrick (77)

Kahlia Lawrence 22, Thompson 9, Farley 9, Jones 8, Jones 6, Cheatham 6, Baker 4, Dyson 4, Babatua 3, Draper 3, Murphy 2, Green 1.

Next: Bowdon, Tues. vs. Spencer at Kendrick; Kendrick, Tues. vs. Manchester at Kendrick.

Monday at Kendrick

Spencer 21 12 10 20—63

Kendrick 14 19 13 27—73

Spencer (63)

Deondre Hubbard 17, Keanis Bush 11, Kimani Bush 10, Davis 9, Williams 8, Miller 8.

Kendrick (73)

Jontavis Miles 23, Jordan Hall 17, Marquis Bonner 13, Emmanuel Brown 12, Williams 6, Griffin 2.

Next: Spencer, Tues. vs. Jordan/Manchester at Kendrick; Kendrick, Tues. vs. Jordan/Manchester.

Monday at Kendrick

Spencer 15 12 11 19—57

Manchester 10 19 22 9—60

Spencer (57)

Tatyana Griffin 16, J’Kerria Garrett 14, Walmsey 8, Price 7, Elmore 6, Griffin 4, Moore 2.

Manchester (60)

Ternazaha McGruder 18, DeAudra Copeland 16, Turner 7, Wright 6, Searcy 5, Dunlop 5, Brown 2, Moody 1.

Next: Spencer, Tues. vs. Bowdon at Kendrick; Manchester, Tues. vs. Kendrick at Kendrick.

Monday at Kendrick

Jordan 13 8 9 19—49

Manchester 21 19 16 18—74

Jordan (49)

L.D. Jones 12, Onte’ Harrison 12, Trey Thomas 10, Palmer 5, Knight 4, Lampley 2, Pearce 2, Foster 2.

Manchester (74)

Demarucs Addie 16, Quin Prather 13, Bobby Stevenson 10, J. Williams 7, Ferguson 6, Alford 5, Brown 4, Aiken 4, O. Williams 2, Campbell 2, Jackson, 2, Parham 2, Brown 1.

Next: Jordan, Tues. vs. Spencer at Kendrick; Manchester, Tues. vs. Kendrick at Kendrick.

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