Colonels eliminate KCHS girls in East Region basketball

FEDERALSBURG — A victory here March 1 in the Class 1A East Region I basketball tournament would have met two goals for Kent County High School’s girls.

They would have surpassed last year’s win total and won a playoff game for the first time since the 2019-20 team that finished 12-10.

That appeared achievable when KCHS trailed host Colonel Richardson by only a field goal, 26-24, at halftime and a free throw, 38-37, after three quarters.

The possibility of victory faded, and ultimately disappeared, because of foul trouble for a Kent County team that has a small and youthful bench.

Kate Cannon, “who gave us that presence down low,” according to coach Tyray Johnson, picked up her fifth foul early in the third quarter.

Six-foot junior Zoe Angel, the team’s most valuable player, and BreAsia Jackson, the only senior on the nine-player roster, would foul out in the final frame, allowing the host Colonels (11-11) to close the game on a 20-11 run that sealed their 58-48 victory.

Angel led all players with 28 points, but was limited to four points in the fourth quarter.

Talicia Wright, the Trojans’ freshman point guard, contributed 10 points.

Cannon, Jackson and freshmen Jane Cleary and Saniyah Jones made up the balance, with none of them scoring more than four points.

The Trojans finished 5-15.

“Our goal was to try to get to six,” Johnson said in an interview Thursday, March 7.

While the Trojans fell short of that achievement, Johnson, using other criteria, defined the season as a success.

“The kids listened,” he said. “They wanted to get better, they wanted to learn the game, and they did.”

NOTES: Colonel Richardson swept Kent County in the regular season’s home-and-away series, 47-30 and 49-38.

Top-seeded Perryville (12-9) eliminated St. Michaels (1-19) in the other March 1 playoff game, 70-15, and then defeated Colonel Richardson in the East Region I final, 68-36, on Wednesday, March 6.

Bohemia Manor (5-15) withdrew from the tournament, so the four remaining schools in the region all received first-round byes.

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