Bobcats beat Polar Bears, 85-39; Lady ’Cats enter top 20
KERENS–Kerens’ boys basketball team picked up their first district victory of the season with a Tuesday, Jan. 28 whipping of the Frost Polar Bears.
The Bobcats scored the last 16 points of the game to defeat their host, 85-39. Earlier that night, the Lady ‘Cats continued their district domination with a 58-31 win over the Lady Polar Bears. Kerens’ girls are ranked No. 20 in Class 2A in the Texas Girls Coaches Association poll.
Before facing Frost, the Kerens teams hosted the Italy Gladiators. Friday, Jan. 24 against Italy, Kerens’ girls went up 7-0. Italy got within 9-6, but Kerens pulled away behind Kecie Langley, who scored 35 points on the night, as well as Reece Wright, who added 19 points.
Leading 44-18 at halftime, Langley scored the first eight points of the second half. An Alexius McAdams basket with 10 seconds left in the third period established a 62-24 lead entering the final period. Emilee Burleson twice made buckets to give Kerens its largest lead of the night, at 39 points, with her team eventually settling on a 72-37 victory.
Later that night, Kerens’ boys had their second-straight home game barnburner, falling against Italy, 46-45. After Italy scored a three-pointer within the first 10 seconds of the contest, Kerens took a 5-3 advantage. Italy then outscored Kerens, 10-2, to lead 13-7 entering the second period. The Gladiators led 27-21 at halftime.
Italy hit a three-pointer with three minutes left in the game, going ahead 44-39. Two Kerens free throws by Treylyn Lindsey and a Cory Davis basket with 1:09 remaining gave Kerens a 45-44 lead. Lindsey and Davis led Kerens with 11 points apiece.
Italy drained two free throws with 50 seconds left on the clock to regain the lead. After consecutive timeouts to set up Kerens’ preferred play, a Bobcat jump shot missed the mark as the horn sounded, securing Italy’s 46-45 win.