Trojans return to win column; net season high of 49 points

WORTON — Kent County’s girls opened the game on a 17-0 run and sprinted past their guests from St. Michaels, 49-9, Thursday in the first game of a varsity girls-varsity boys basketball doubleheader.

Junior Zoe Angel, an exchange student from Germany, scored 10 of her game-high 22 points in the opening quarter. She made the back end of a two-shot foul with 37.3 seconds remaining in the first frame to give the Trojans’ their insurmountable 17-0 head start.

Kate Cannon added 10 points, BreAsia Jackson, Kaliyah Smith and Jane Cleary contributed four points apiece, and Saniyah Jones and Talicia Wright made up the balance for KCHS, which won for the first time since the 46-6 triumph in the season opener Dec. 5 at Crisfield.

“We did a good job of executing what we had been working on in practice, like putbacks and using the glass on layups,” head coach Tyray Johnson said in an interview immediately after the Thursday, Jan. 4 game.

“It was a lot better than in the beginning of the year. … We came out with better energy,” he said.

Angel’s layup off an intercepted inbound pass underneath the Trojans’ basket gave them a 10-0 lead with only 4 minutes, 13 seconds elapsed, and would prove to be all the points the locals would need.

Madi White drained a pair of free throws with less than 30 seconds remaining in the opening quarter to put the Saints on the scoreboard.

By halftime, Kent County had increased its lead from 17-2 at the end of the first quarter to 23-7.

Angel dropped in 10 more points in the third quarter to extend the spread to 43-8.

Kent County held St. Michaels to two points in the second half.

The 49 points scored by the Trojans represented a season high.

KCHS opened the new year Jan. 2 with a 39-27 loss at home to North Caroline. It was a closely contested first half, with the visiting team holding a slim 16-11 lead at intermission.

By the end of the third quarter, however, the Bulldogs led by double digits, 29-19.

Over the winter break, the Trojans went 0-2 in a holiday tournament at Washington High School.

The more competitive of the two games was a 41-36 loss to Nandua High School (Virginia). Angel and Cannon collectively scored 32 of KCHS’ 36 points.

The Trojans are 2-4 in regular-season games.

Coach Johnson is optimistic that the Trojans — who start two freshmen, point guard Talicia Wright and forward Jane Cleary — can attain their goal of bettering last season’s five wins.

“I like the culture that we’re building here,” said Johnson, now in the third year as head coach at his alma mater.

He said there’s talent, there’s depth and there’s leadership in captains Kate Cannon and BreAsia Jackson.

Kent County’s next game is Monday, Jan. 8 at home against Colonel Richardson. Tip-off is at 4 p.m.

Kent County also is home Thursday, Jan. 11 against North Dorchester. This is the locals’ Senior Game; tip-off is at 5 p.m.

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