Kennedy doles out big dose of tough defense |

Kennedy doles out big dose of tough defense

If you are a Lady Miners basketball fan, circle Feb. 13 on your calendar.

Use a nice thick pen so you don’t forget.

Commit that date to memory, if necessary.

Because on that date, Kennedy High School comes to the House of Pain for a round two Metro League game that will give Nevada Union four quarters of opportunity to right every wrong that transpired Thursday night in Sacramento.

The game in February, two games from the end of the regular season, can’t turn out any worse than the 48-28 defeat that took place Thursday.

The loss dropped NU to 3-1 in the Metro League and 17-3 overall.

Kennedy improves to 4-1, 17-2.

“We know better execution than we showed tonight,” NU coach Craig Strohm said. “We had enthusiasm and energy. We just did not play well.”

Kennedy turned the tables on NU Thursday, applying a stifling zone defense that held NU to one field goal in the first quarter.

But even with NU’s rocky start, they were still in the game at halftime, down just 19-13.

NU sophomore guard Kayleigh Correll had eight of those first-half points, while Kennedy’s sophomore swing player Alisha Hicks countered with a modest five-point first-half effort.

By game’s end, Correll led the Miners with 16 points, including a pair of three-pointers, the only treys the Miners converted on the night.

Hicks countered with 16 points as well, adding a handful of dazzling plays, be it a cross-over dribble drive for an easy lay-up, pinpoint passing that belied her age, or a fourth-quarter block that nearly wound up in West Sacramento.

Kennedy’s Monique Smartt-Kidd was the only other player to hit double digits with her 10 points.

With Hicks playing more aggressively, the Cougars raced to a 35-18 lead to begin a fourth-quarter that required a miracle-like comeback the Miners simply did not have.

“Kayleigh is the real deal,” Strohm said. “With both of them being sophomores, they’ll be seeing a lot of each other.”

The next time will be Feb. 13. Have you circled the date yet?

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