ANDOVER — Kenston players streamed out of their locker room, but two stayed back to receive one final postgame speech from their coach.
The Bombers accomplished all of their goals this season, led by seniors Stephanie Deuley and Megan Cardaman, including making it to the district championship.
Saturday afternoon at Pymatuning Valley, the run ended.
Kenston was defeated by Geneva, 42-29, in a Division II district final.
"We are really proud of our team," Cardaman said. "It was one of our goals in the very beginning to get to the district finals, win a CVC championship and just come together as a team. We accomplished all three, even though we didn't go as far as we wanted to."
In their final regular-season game, the Bombers defeated Geneva. But Saturday afternoon, they had a difficult time scoring. While Geneva was shooting from the outside and inside, the Bombers went cold.
"We just couldn't get anything to fall to get the momentum, and they hit a lot of shots," Kenston coach Kevin Hinkle said. "It was a great season. Our girls never stopped believing. It just wasn't our day."
The Bombers took their last lead with 4:10 left in the first half on a pair of foul shots by Katie Ross.
They followed with three unforced errors, and the Eagles capitalized every time for a 17-11 halftime lead they never relinquished.
The Bombers did not score again until the 5:34 mark of the third. By that time, the Bombers had built a 21-11 lead. The Bombers were outscored, 11-5, in the third quarter and 15-13 in the fourth.
"We were just trying to maintain the lead, be smart with the ball and carry that momentum from the first half into the second," said Geneva coach Nancy Barbo, whose team is going to regionals for the first time in school history.
Deuley finished with a team-high nine points. Ross contributed six.
"I think we proved a lot this season," Deuley said. "It doesn't take skill, height, that kind of thing. If you are a team and you believe in yourself, you can do anything you want."
The Bombers, co-champions of the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division, finish the season 15-8 overall. Their appearance in the district finals was their first in 10 years.
"Everything we accomplished this year was due to our seniors," Hinkle said. "They are not just two of the best basketball players; they are leaders on and off the court. They are model student-athletes, and they will be dearly missed."
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