Kylie Huerta, the shortest player on the court at 5-foot, was named game MVP — an award presented by Sheryl Swoopes — as she piled up 21 points, nine assists, five steals and three rebounds.
Lindsey Moore added 18 points and seven assists, while Jessie Gienger tossed in 12 points. All nine Kentwood players scored as the Conquerors improved to 13-0.
Grace Beardemphl, the 5-1 guard, led Bellarmine (11-3) with 14 points.
The Conquerors lead 60-41early in the fourth. Unless Bellarmine manages to get within 10, I’ll just be back with some stats after the game.
Know this much — Kentwood is really, really good. Oh, and Linsey Moore is a special player.
Kentwood opened up a 50-27 advantage before Bellarmine made a mini-run, 6-0. But Jessie Genger answered with a 3-pointer and it’s 53-33 with less than 2 minutes left in the third.
It got a bit sloppy at the end, and Bellarmine made a steady trek to the free-throw line for much of the quarter, but Kentwood is clearly the better team.
I’ve got to do some interviews, so it will be a few minutes before I can update you with complete stats.
It’s 40-24 at the half. After scoring 11 points in the opening quarter, Lindsey Moore had just one in the second — but she also has a game-high six assists.
Kylie Huerta has 10 points, three assists and three steals. Simone Potts leads Bellarmine with eight points.
The Conquerors are shooting 58.6 percent from the field (17 of 29), compared to Bellarmine’s 34.5 (10 of 29).
With 2 minutes left before halftime, Kentwood is in firm control, 37-18 — and that’s with Moore scoring only one point this quarter.
Both of these teams show a bit of fatigue, and for good reason. This is Kentwood’s fourth game in seven days, while Bellarmine is playing its fourth in eight days.
It gets no easier for Kentwood, which plays Auburn Riverside tomorrow night. Riverside is ranked No. 5 in The Times’ rankings, but will drop after Saturday’s loss to Federal Way.
Kentwood is cruising, 31-14.
Kentwood, ranked No. 3 in the nation by USA Today, continues to impress. The Conquerors rached to a 13-2 lead with Lindsey Moore deliverning seven points.
It’s 21-10 with just under 2 minutes to play.
We’re ready for tip-off in the only girls game on the docket, and these coaches show they’ve got a sense of humor — they send the two shortest players on the court to center circle. It takes two tries, but 5-foot Kylie Huerta wins the battle with Grace Beardenmphl, listed at 5-1.
Personally, I think those are generous listings.
Kentwood opens with a 5-0 spurt, and Bellarmine calls time out.