The Kell Longhorns and the South Cobb Eagles faced off in the 6-6A region tournament semifinals. Kell defeated South Cobb in their previous matchup.
It was a tale of two halves in this tight contest as South Cobb controlled the first half and Kell dominated in the second.
South Cobb came out in a full-court press to start the game. The Eagles switched from man-to-man to zone to give Kell different looks on the defensive side. This caused confusion for the Longhorns on offense. South Cobb’s defense led to easy offense as they got their points on fast breaks. Kell hit a 3-point bank shot at the end of the quarter to bring them within 3-points. South Cobb had the lead 19-16 at the end of the first quarter.
The Eagles went on a 9-0 run to start the second quarter. The Longhorn offense went on a scoring drought in the second, recording only five points. The Eagles extended their lead to double digits to close out the first half. The Longhorns trailed 34-21 at halftime.
Kell was a new team to start the second half as they came out of the locker room energetic. Kell outscored South Cobb 23-11 in the third quarter as they battled their way back into the game after trailing by double figures. South Cobb watched their lead 13-point lead shrink to just one point at the end of the third quarter, 45-44.
The game got physical with both teams as the referees had to separate the players. This altercation fueled both teams going into the final quarter.
With momentum on Kell’s side, they looked to take the lead in the fourth. Both teams traded baskets to start the quarter. Kell gained separation as South Cobb went cold from the field. The Eagle offense could not get a shot to fall as Kell slowly pulled away in the quarter’s final minutes.
Kell completed the comeback, battling back from a poor performance in the first half with a final score of 63-56.
Kell guard Scoot Henderson scored 15 points, and Jaylen Harris added 14 points of his own.
South Cobb’s Basit Lecky led his team with 17 points, and Travis Burrus contributed 14 points.
Kell will face Wheeler in the 6-6A region tournament championship Friday at 7:30 PM. South Cobb will meet Pope next in the consolation game to determine seeding for the state tournament.