Malakoff girls top Kemp, move to 7-0 in district play
KEMP–The Malakoff Lady Tigers kept their perfect district record intact with their seventh district victory over the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets Jan. 17 on the road.
The Lady Tigers began the first quarter on a 6-2 run before the Lady ’Jackets pushed back with a 6-2 run of their own to tie the game 8-8.
Two free throws from Alliyah Coleman put Malakoff back in front 10-8. Those free throws sparked a 10-3 run from the Lady Tigers to end the first quarter as they sat ahead of Kemp 18-11 at the end of the first eight minutes of play.
Malakoff began the second quarter with a 7-4 run to push their lead to 25-15 early in the quarter.
Kemp got points late from Chloe Woods, but the Lady ’Jackets trailed 34-16 as they entered halftime.
The Lady ’Jackets were shut down by the Lady Tigers’ defense as they managed just one point in the third quarter as Malakoff took a 41-17 lead heading into the final eight minutes of regulation.
Malakoff managed to suffocate the Kemp offense again in the fourth quarter as Kemp put up five points in the quarter as the Lady Tigers won their seventh game to begin district play, 51-22.
Tenilee Anthony led the way offensively for the Lady ’Jackets with eight points against Malakoff.
Taylor Carr added five points in the loss for the Lady ’Jackets with Woods notching three Friday night.
Malakoff was led by the hot hand of Kiayla Jackson, who put up 18 points in the win over Kemp.
The Lady Tigers also got a double-digit effort from Sha’Kera Thompson, who added 12 points.
The loss drops Kemp to 6-9 overall on the season and 3-4 in district play. Kemp returns to action Friday, Jan. 24 at home against the Rice Lady Bulldogs with tipoff set for 6:15 p.m.
The win moves Malakoff to 9-4 overall and 7-0 to begin district play as they sit in the first place in the 3A Region III, District 18 standings over second-place Scurry-Rosser (6-1). The Lady Tigers hit the court Jan. 24 at home against the Blooming Grove Lady Lions at 6:15 p.m.