KERENS — Take a look at Marqueshia Kelly.
Pay attention. Just look at the way she posts up, the way she squares her shoulders when he shoots, the way she always seems to be in control around the basket, always cool and smooth. It’s picture-book book stuff, textbook technique.
And oh how pretty it looks when she is dropping in one shot after another.
She’s got the touch.
Just ask the kids at Mexia, who had no answer for Kelly, who was almost perfect, hitting 11 of 13 shots, including a pair of 3s to lead Kerens to an 81-39 romp over Mexia Tuesday.
You don’t see LeBron James hit 11 out of 13 unless 10 of the shots are dunks.
Kelly, a 5-9 senior, doesn’ dunk but she doesn’t have to — either does Kerens LadyCats, who flat out beat Mexia up and down the court all night.
That’s right, Class A Kerens took apart the Mexia, the defending Class 3A state champion.
And the LadyCats made it look easy.
This wasn’t the same team that won the title, but Kerens didn’t care.
“We really wanted to play them. I was as pumped up as I could be,’’ said Kelly who finished with 25 points, a dozen rebounds, two blocks and a couple of steals before leaving the game after early. “They beat us by eight points last year at their place.’’
All the Kerens players felt that way, especially Kelly and Breanna Baxter, who had a monster game on the boards. Baxter scored 14 points and brought down 19 rebounds to help bring down Mexia.
“When we found out we were playing them here (at Kerens) we were thinking, ‘We got to go get them!’”
Kelly hit her first four shots in the opening two minutes and just-like-that Kerens had an 8-2 lead. Kelly didn’t stop.
“She was on fire,’’ Kerens Coach Denise Lincoln said. “That’s what we talked about. We talked about going inside. We knew they couldn’t match up with us on the inside. We went inside and she was just making shots.
“They wanted to play (Mexia),’’ she said. “This is going to be our revenge year. We want to beat all those teams that beat us last year.’’
Mexia has some players out with injuries, and Lincoln knows Mexia will be better, but then again, Kerens won the game by 42 points.
“They’re down this year, but they will be OK by district,’’ Lincoln said of Mexia. “They lost some seniors and have some injuries. The girl who was the MVP of he state tournament is out. She would have made a 20-point difference.’’
Still, it was a big win for Kerens, who might have won by 20 or 30 any way.
“When I did miss a shot, she (Baxter) got the rebound,’’ joked Kelly after the game.
Baxter knew it was going to a big night for here friend and teammate.
“When she hit those first four shots I knew she was going to be on fire,’’ Baxter said.
Kerens had a parade of players have big nights, including Cambree Betts, who made three out five 3-pointers to finish with 14 points, Taylor Ames, who dropped in 10 points and Emmanuella Armant, who scored all 10 of her points in the second half.
Tinesha Tolliver scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds and Kayla Kilcrease added four points.
Kerens is ranked No. 7 in the TABC Class 1A Division I state poll but will likely move up after Tuesday’s one-sided romp. The LadyCats are now 6-1.
“We want to beat them, and we want to get our record up there. We lost one game (to Franklin two weeks ago) and we want to get (improve) our record and keep going,’’ Baxter said.
Like Lincoln said, this could be the revenge year, so those teams that knocked of Kerens last year should pay attention to what happened Tuesday.
“We wanted revenge tonight ,’’ said Kelly with a smile.
She wasn’t mad or angry, and words were just like her jump shot, smooth and cool and easy — and right on target.
KERENS — Take a look at Marqueshia Kelly.
Area schedule for the week
Here's a look at this week's schedule for Golden Ciircle teams and Navarro College. The schedule does not include upcoming bi-district playoff games in softball because times and sites have yet to be determined.
GC Baseball/Softball: Blooming Grove sweeps Rice in baseball and softball
Blooming Grove's Lions needed this one.
Heck, they need all of them.
That's where they're living today on the Blooming Grove diamond, where everyone knew going into Friday's game with Rice that the Lions need to win their final three games to have a chance of nailing down the final playoff spot in District 23-2A.
One down, two to go.
“It's in our hands,'' said Blooming Grove Coach Matt Anderson moments after his kids beat Rice 8-0 Friday night. “As long as we take care of our business we'll be fine.''
GC Softball/Baseball Roundup: Frost girls win district title
Frost's Lady Polar Bears needed to win to nail down the district title and they never trailed, jumping out to a 7-0 lead en route to an 11-7 clinching victory over Itasca Friday on the road. They wrapped up their second district title in a row with a 9-1 record and enter the playoffs next week at 13-1.
CHS Baseball/Softball: Whitehouse sweeps Tigers in baseball and softball
The Tigers lost a tough game to Whitehouse, 11-3 as the Wildcats' ace, Pat Mahomes, who went four innings and gave up all three runs on two hits and five walks
GC Basketball/Baseball: Mildred's Connor Hill sees life clearly
There was never any doubt for Connor Hill, never any question about what he would do or how he would do it.
Sure, there was that meeting with his mother and father and talks with the doctor when he was 10, talks and meetings that came accompanied with worry and concern.
But never from Connor.
He just never dwelled on the fact he played sports with one eye. He didn't worry or talk about it when he was 10 and he never talked about it at Mildred High, where Hill emerged as a star on the basketball court and baseball diamond.
GC Track & Field: Roundup — Frost girls win area meet
The Frost Lady Polar Bears made a shambles of their district track & field meet last week, scoring 206 points, and they were dominate again in the area meet Thursday, scoring 162 points to win the meet at Blooming Grove.
Morgan:The new endangered species
Am I just that old, or have amateur athletics gone absolutely nuts these days? On second thought, don’t answer that unless it’s yes to the nuts part.
High School and college basketball are on the verge of being totally ruined by AAU basketball. Top roundball prospects are identified by the junior high level if not earlier.
GC Track & Field: Area meet Roundup
Corsicana's Gilfillan wins 4A area pole vault title; Frost girls win 1A area team title, Frost boys finish second
GC Baseball: Mildred falls to Riesel, 9-0, on the road
Mildred managed a hit and struck out 12 times in a 9-0 loss on the road that could have given the Eagles some cushion in the 23-2A standings. They are now 5-6 with a game at league-leading Teague Tuesday.
CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams
That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors,four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
Michael Roman, who did a little of everything — and did it well — was named the District 28-4A Utility Player of the Year, and sophomore defender Jesus Barreto was named the district's Newcomer of the Year.
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