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Kerens’ seasons end against Grapeland

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After Area win, Sandiettes stop Kerens in Regional Quarters

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FRANKSTON–Kerens’ boys’ and girls’ basketball teams saw their seasons end Tuesday, Feb. 25, as both squads lost games against the Grapeland Sandies and Sandiettes in a playoff doubleheader at Frankston High School.
The Kerens Lady ‘Cats finished the 2019-20 season with a 28-9 record. Friday, Feb. 21, the Lady ‘Cats defeated Rosebud-Lott, 60-40, to win the Area championship at Fairfield. Kerens led 26-4 after the first period and 51-26 after three periods. Reece Wright led the Lady ‘Cats with 27 points.
The Area championship allowed Kerens to move on to the Class 2A, Region 3 Quarterfinals against Grapeland, which entered the game ranked in the state’s top 5 with a 31-5 record. Grapeland led 20-17 after the first period, after which Kerens took control for a 36-34 halftime lead. Kecie Langley had 23 Kerens points at halftime.
The Lady ‘Cats continued to lead after three periods, holding a 50-48 advantage. After that, Grapeland went on a 24-12 fourth-period tear to win 72-62. Langley of Kerens finished the night with 40 points.
After the girls’ game, Kerens’ boys took the same court to open the playoffs in the Bi-district round against 31-1 Grapeland, which also is ranked in the state’s top 5. The score was tied at 21 after the first period, after which Grapeland outscored the Kerens Bobcats, 26-14, to take a 47-35 halftime lead.
Grapeland entered the fourth period with a 59-49 lead and outscored the Bobcats, 28-22, in the final period to win the Bi-district title with an 87-71 victory. Corey Davis led Kerens with 24 points, followed by Jaylene Cumby with 17 points and Ladarian Cumby with 16 points.