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Kerens’ girls clinch unbeaten district title

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Bobcat boys beat Cayuga, Itasca before falling at Italy

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KERENS–Kerens, ranked No. 17 in the state, said goodbye Feb. 7 to five girls’ basketball seniors before thrashing Itasca, then clinched their second-consecutive undefeated District 19-2A championship Feb. 11 against Italy.
Kecie Langley, Kaylee Reed, Madison Parks, Katie Atkeisson and Emilee Burleson played their last home game versus Itasca, during which Langley scored 37 points in Kerens’ 69-38 win. The Lady ‘Cats finished the regular season by beating Italy, 70-36.
Against Itasca, Kerens’ girls led 14-11 after the first period. Langley then went on a 10-point tear to give her team a 24-11 advantage. Reece Wright, who totaled 15 points, added four free throws to help maintain Kerens’ 13-point lead, which was 30-17 at halftime.
The Lady ‘Cats broke open the game in the third period, taking a 54-24 lead. A Wright 3-pointer with 3:34 left in the contest gave Kerens its largest lead of the night, at 38 points. Burleson, who scored 10 points in her final home game, scored the final two baskets of Kerens’ 69-38 victory.
Kerens’ boys close their regular season Friday, Feb. 14 at home against Frost and Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Cross Roads. Feb. 4, Kerens defeated Cayuga, 45-44, and then Feb. 7, beat Itasca, 71-52.
Kerens led Itasca, 18-15, after a Cory Davis jumpshot as the first-period horn sounded. Late in the second period, Itasca led 28-25, but Kerens went back ahead at halftime, 36-30.
Kerens had a second-half surge to seize a 43-30 lead, capped by an Adaybran Davis basket halfway through the third period. Three-pointers from Jaylene Cumby and Ladarian Cumby gave Kerens a 51-36 lead entering the fourth period.
Kerens poured it on in the final period, behind another Ladarian Cumby 3-pointer and two consecutive Cory Davis 3-point plays. Cory Davis and Ladarian Cumby led Kerens with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Kerens had its two-game district win streak snapped Feb. 11, losing 43-33 at Italy.