Corsicana — Girls
Kerens 60, Frost 40: It took a spark, but what it spark it was, to ignite the Kerens LadyCats, who didn’t need much motivation to win their ninth consecutive girls Kiwanis Classic Basketball Tournament on Saturday night.
Kerens was in trouble early but a technical foul -- called on the Kerens bench with 3:39 left and Frost leading 19-15 -- set the kids from Kerens on fire. After the tech, Kerens outscored Frost 32-11 to take a 57-30 lead before the benches emptied for the final minutes.
“I think that tech kind of inspired us,” Kerens Coach Denise Lincoln said. “They got after it after that tech.’’
Kerens has been after it for years and won its 15th title in 16 years.
Breanna Baxter, a junior, who wants to win No. 10 in a row next season, finished with 18 points. Cambree Betts scored 13 and Marqueshia Kelly had eight points and 10 rebounds. Kiara Lindsey hit two big 3s and finished with eight points.
Frost was led by Jae Moore’s 20-ppoint night and Diana Rios, who scored nine.
“It felt amazing to win it,’’ Baxter said. “Just like always.’’
Frost came out ready to take the crown. Moore set the tone by making her first three shots, including a 3 and dropped in nine of Frost’s 14 first-quarter points as the Lady Bears took a 14-9 lead into the second quarter.
The game was halted in the second when an fan had to be escorted from the stands, and Kerens took over right after the break, which came at the same time as the technical foul.
Baxter nailed a 3 to close the gap to 19-8 and she followed that play by intercepting the inbounds pass and driving for a 20-19 lead. Madison Revill answered for Frost to give he Bears a 21-21 lead, but Ames came up with her fourth steal of the first half and went coast-to-coast to lift Kerens to a 22-21 edge. Rios ended the half by making a free throw that sent the teams to their lockers all knotted up at 22.
Moore did not take a shot from the floor in the second quarter and Kerens used 10 second-quarter turnovers, including six steals, to climb back into the game.
Betts opened the second half a with an and-one play to give Kerens a lead it would not relinquish, thanks in part to Lindsey, who followed Betts’ big play with back-to-back 3s to the rush was on to the title.