Kell made the 5A Final Four last season before making the move to 6A. With Jaylen Harris becoming eligible, and their talented core gaining more experience, the Longhorns have had little trouble transitioning to their new region. Now, they have their sights set on winning a state championship against their region rival, Wheeler.
Within the region, Kell only took two losses, and both of them came against Wheeler in the regular season. The Longhorns avenged those losses by beating Wheeler in double overtime in the region championship game.
Each of the battles between the Wildcats and Longhorns have been decided by less than 10 points, and two of them have gone to overtime.
Outside of region play, Kell faced a tough schedule and picked up big wins against Berkmar and Fayette County.
Despite a quarantine pause in their season, the Longhorns still managed to pick up 22 wins, and 14 of those came by double digits. Six of their wins have come by 30 or more and three of them have come by 50 or more.
Kell’s impressive performances against tough opponents has earned them a top-5 ranking in the state and a top-50 ranking nationally.
Scoot Henderson is otherworldly talented. He’s always going to put up numbers. Jaylen Harris is a high-motor player. He will leave his mark on the game in some capacity. Kell needs more players to step up if they want to win this game.
Luckily for the Longhorns, they have plenty of candidates that are more than capable of having big games on any given night. Najhae Colon, Dylan Cambridge, PJ Johnson and Aaron Smith have all had big games this season, and at least one of them will need to be firing on all cylinders to help combat Wheeler’s depth.
Gang rebounding will be huge for the Longhorns. They don’t have the size that Wheeler does, but they have scrappy, tough players that aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty in the paint. That grit helps them play bigger than their stature.
Kell has had to scrap throughout this playoff run, and battling through close games could prove to be the best experience for the Longhorns.
As a program, we are excited to be on this stage,” said Kell head coach Jermaine Sellers. “Our guys have bought into a culture that was established upon my arrival, nine years ago. This final game is the fruit of the program’s labor over all those years. We look to make history and have continued success at Kell High School.”