Underclassmen-led Trojans win by 20 on Senior Night

WORTON — In a game where they did not need to play their best basketball in order to win, the Trojans scored only three points over the final eight minutes. 

But they had opened the second half on a 13-3 run that left no doubt as to what would be the outcome, and went on to easily dismiss their guests from North Dorchester, 38-18, on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Kent County won for the second time in three games to improve to 3-5 on the season.

The seniors — shooting guards Jaylin Butler and BreAsia Jackson and managers Kamryn Murray and Abra Hynson — were honored with a ceremony at center court at halftime.

It was the underclassmen, however, who provided the offensive spark.

Junior Zoe Angel scored 16 points to almost single-handedly take care of the opposing team.

Freshman point guard Talicia Wright, Kate Cannon and Saniyah Jones contributed  eight, six and four points, respectively.

Jackson and freshman Jane Cleary made up the balance for the Trojans, who never trailed.

Cannon’s putback of a teammate’s miss broke a 2-2 tie just 2 minutes, 49 seconds into the game and started a 20-2 run that bridged the first and second quarters for a 22-4 lead on a Jones bucket.

North Dorchester scored the next six points before Wright interrupted things by making the back end of a two-shot foul with just under a minute to play before intermission.

The visitors were able to close to within 10 points, 23-13, on Jules Tobat’s three on the last shot of the half.

Kent County came out of the locker room with renewed energy and scored the first eight points of the third quarter to extend the spread to 31-13 after Angel swished a pair of free throws 3:36 into the quarter. 

It didn’t matter that Kent County cooled off after that because North Dorchester (1-8) never warmed up.

After Areynia Taylor ‘s traditional three-point play cut the deficit to 31-16 with just under two and a half minutes to play in the third quarter, the Eagles went on an extended scoring drought of nearly nine minutes that ended when Remedy Wongus made one of three free throws with 1:43 remaining.

Kent took its largest lead of the game on its next possession, 38-17, when Cannon backed her way along the baseline for an easy basket.

Amiyah King’s free throw with 1:05 remaining made for the 38-18 final.

The Trojans will travel for the better part of the second half of the regular season. They are home only twice more — Tuesday, Jan. 23 against Cambridge and Feb. 13 against Kent Island. Tip-off for both games is 4 p.m.

 

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