Bobcat boys fall to Cayuga in OT thriller in opener
KERENS–The Kerens Lady ‘Cats dismantled Cayuga and Itasca to remain unbeaten in district play, a streak which goes back to Jan. 2017 and which includes an undefeated district title last season.
Kerens’ girls are now 18-8 and are ranked No. 24 in the Jan. 21 Texas Girls Coaches Association statewide poll of Class 2A teams.
Friday, Jan. 17, Kerens clobbered Cayuga at home, 64-28, and then followed that up Tuesday, Jan. 21 with a road win at Itasca, 85-39. Against Cayuga, Kerens roared out to a 38-7 halftime lead and never looked back. The Lady ‘Cats increased their advantage to 40 points at the end of the third period (57-17) on a corner jumper from the game’s high-scorer, Kecie Langley, who dropped in 26 points.
With two minutes remaining in the game, Katie Atkeisson of Kerens hit a three-pointer to give her team its biggest lead of the night, at 43 points. Besides Langley, Kerens was led by Reece Wright with 12 points, Aniya Lawrence with eight points, Alexius McAdams (six points), Emilee Burleson (five points), Kaylee Reed (four points) as well as Atkeisson’s three points.
Kerens’ boys started district play Jan. 17 with an overtime loss to Cayuga, followed Jan. 21 by a 52-41 defeat at Itasca. Versus Cayuga, the Kerens boys took a 15-14 first-period lead, topped off by Josh Brown’s shot for two while falling backwards. The teams went back and forth through the second period, which ended tied at 22.
RJ Mornes made two Kerens free throws early in the second half to give his team a two-point lead, but Cayuga answered with a scoring run to take a 30-26 advantage, which they increased to 35-30. Ladarian Cumby made two free throws in the waning moments of the third period to get his team back within three points, at 35-32.
The fourth quarter saw little scoring, including a two-minute stretch of no points. Down two points, Cory Davis scored a Kerens basket to tie the game at 39, sending the contest into overtime. During that extra four minutes, Cayuga free throws down the stretch sealed their victory at 46-42.
Cory Davis led Kerens with 12 points against Cayuga, followed by Cumby with nine points, Mornes and Brown with seven points apiece, Treylyn Lindsey had five points and Adaybran Davis added two points.