First-year Trojans take the lead in 46-6 victory

WORTON — With only three players returning from last year’s five-win campaign, head coach Tyray Johnson acknowledged being pleasantly surprised by the Trojans’ 40-point victory in their season opener Dec. 5.

“We weren’t sure what to expect,” Johnson said, speaking for his assistants Chanelle Copper and Antoine Reid, “but we didn’t really expect this.”

In her high school debut, Zoe Angenieux, a 6-foot junior exchange student from Germany, dropped in 13 points to lead host Kent County in its 46-6 drubbing of Crisfield.

Senior shooting guard BreAsia Jackson, whose transfer to KCHS last year was not in time to join the basketball team, and freshman point guard Talicia Wright contributed 10 and nine points, respectively.

All told, the Trojans received scoring from six of the 11 players on the opening day roster.

Freshman Jane Cleary and junior Kate Cannon each scored six points, and junior Nikayah Jackson had the other two points.

The Trojans never trailed, building a 22-0 lead after eight minutes. BreAsia Jackson scored eight points, Angenieux added six, and Cannon and Cleary each contributed four points.

Wright with five points and Nikayah Jackson with two points got on the board in the second quarter as the Trojans extended their lead to 29-3 at halftime.

Mariah Lofland’s field goal from outside the arc accounted for Crisfield’s only first-half points.

Kent outscored its guest after intermission, 17-3, with Crisfield held to a Payden Wright 3-pointer in the third quarter.

“We just outplayed them and were in better physical condition,” Johnson, beginning his third year as head coach at alma mater KCHS, told The Evening Enterprise in a telephone interview Sunday, Dec. 10.

“We pressured them right out of the gate. Crisfield wasn’t ready for our intense pressure defense,” he said.

Kent sent out a starting five of Cannon, BreAsia Jackson, Angenieux, Wright and Cleary.

They sat in the second quarter as coach Johnson went to his bench early.

Junior center Cannon, junior forward Kaliyah Smith and senior guard Jaylin Butler return from last year’s 5-16 team.

The newcomers include sophomore shooting guard McKenzie Smith, who was on the swim team last winter, and sisters BreAsia Jackson (senior shooting guard) and Nikayah Jackson (junior power forward, center). 

The others are freshmen Cleary (small forward), Ariyana Green (small forward), Saniyah Jones (center) and Wright (point guard). They all played last year for the Kent County Middle School team coached by Johnson and Copper.

Johnson said height — Angenieux and Jones are 6-foot or taller and Nikayah Jackson is 5-foot-10 — and “amazing” team chemistry are two of the Trojans’ assets.

Also, Johnson said, they are working hard and “we (the coaches) are so thrilled that they listen and want to learn.”

“The really great thing about the team this year is everyone plays unselfish and as a unified team and they actually listen and run the plays we tell them to,” Johnson said in a text message.

KCHS is home twice this coming week: Monday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. against Easton and Thursday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. against border rival Queen Anne’s.

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