The Longhorns put on impressive performances at home, as they swept both games against Kennesaw Mountain. The girls team won 63-40, and the boys team won 71-40.
Entering the first game, both girls teams had identical 9-3 records. However, Kell had the advantage in region play. The Longhorns were 5-1 in the region while the Mustangs were 4-2. Both teams were looking up at Sprayberry, who sits atop the region standings at 6-0. This game was important for both teams in order to remain within striking distance of first place.
Both teams started sluggishly, but as the first quarter wore on, they started to round into form. Back-to-back 3-point makes from Crystal Henderson helped Kell gain some separation from the Mustangs in the first quarter.
The second quarter saw the Longhorns distance themselves further. By the end of the quarter, they doubled their lead.
Kennesaw Mountain came storming back in the third quarter. The Mustangs cut the Longhorn lead in half by the end of the quarter. With the game now in single digits, Kennesaw Mountain put game pressure on Kell to begin the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, the Mustangs cut the deficit to 6 points, and it appeared that Kell’s lead was in jeopardy.
Kell started jumping in passing lanes and getting steals which led to easy buckets. Henderson hit a reverse layup and a shot from deep to give the Longhorns a comfortable lead. Then they started to pour it on. Sylvia Kahoro hit a couple shots from beyond the arc to give Kell a 15-point lead. The Longhorns finished the game with a 23-point advantage.
In the fourth quarter, Kell went from having a 6-point lead to a 23-point lead. Needless to say, it was an impressive segment of basketball from the Longhorns.
Kennesaw Mountain got tremendous contributions from Madi Clark, Jada Bates and Shanique Reid. Clark led the Mustangs with 16 points.
Sylvia Kahoro, Jada Green, Amaya Moss and Crystal Henderson were Kell’s top performers. They all scored in double figures, with Henderson leading the way with 21 points.
For the boys, Kennesaw Mountain entered the game with a .500 record. The Mustangs were 3-3 in region and 6-6 overall. Kell was the lone undefeated team in the region. The Longhorns were 6-0 in region and 11-4 overall.
The game opened with marvelous first quarters from Kennesaw Mountain’s Nick Hein and Kell’s PJ Johnson. Hein’s attack consisted of him driving to the basket while Johnson’s output primarily came from 3-point range.
Thanks to Johnson’s hot shooting, Kell ended the first quarter with a 13-12 lead.
In the second quarter, Nick Hein continued to be the Mustangs’ primary source of offense. Kell’s Dylan Cambridge provided a spark on offense that allowed Kell to end the quarter up by 7 points.
Kell caught fire in the third quarter. Specifically, Najhae Colon was white hot for the Longhorns, and with his outburst on offense, Kell pulled away. The Longhorns were able to limit Nick Hein’s output in the second half of the game and waltzed to a 31-point win.
Nick Hein was Kennesaw Mountain’s primary threat throughout the game, scoring 20 points for the Mustangs.
Najhae Colon’s scorching-hot third quarter helped him become the game’s leading scorer with 21 points. Scoot Henderson and PJ Johnson were the other two Longhorns to score in double figures. Henderson finished with 13, and Johnson added 11.
Next, the Kell boys look to remain undefeated in region play. The Longhorns face a tough matchup, as they go on the road to take on Wheeler. Kennesaw Mountain goes home to play Pope. Both are set to take place on Friday.