The Kenston girls basketball team is kicking it into a higher gear as the Bombers were very impressive in defeating rival Chagrin Falls, 55-34, on Saturday at Kenston High School.
Kenston has won five straight for coach Kevin Hinkle and sits at 10-4 and 6-1 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division where the Bombers have won four straight. Chagrin Falls is now 8-5, 2-4.
Kenston leads Perry and Aurora in division play as both are 5-2. Kenston’s one loss is to Perry.
“I was very pleased with our girls and how hard they played,” Hinkle said. “The paid attention to detail and played defense for 90 feet.
“We didn’t want to get into a half-court game considering how tall they are.”
Chagrin Falls coach Brittany Anderson said the Bombers’ defense was key.
“Kenston brought defensive pressure,” Anderson said. “They played very intense in the full court and the half court and we didn’t do a good job of handling it.”
Catherine Rachek led Kenston with 16 points followed by Grace Moran with 11.
Hinkle referred to the Tigers’ height in 6-foot-4 Hallie Thome and 6-foot Hannah Thome. Hallie Thome had 16 points with 12 rebounds while Hannah Thome had just four points, but seven rebounds.
So now Kenston sits in first place by itself in the division.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” Hinkle said. “But we’re headed on the right track.
“We have to play everybody twice (in division play), but we do control our own destiny. That’s all you can ask for.”
Next up is a big game for Kenston, as the Bombers will try to get even with the Pirates. Kenston plays Perry at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on the road.
“They’re well coached and disciplined,” Hinkle said. “We know it’s going to be a dogfight. I’m sure both teams will be up for it.”
Chagrin Falls also had an important game as the Tigers host another rival, West Geauga, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
“They are definitely a defense oriented team,” Anderson said. “You can always count on a lot of pressure. They play hard nosed.”
Chagrin Falls won the first matchup between the teams.
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