High-octane Kenton Ridge roars past Greenon
By Nick Dudukovich Special Correspondent
ENON—The girls of the Kenton Ridge basketball team are capable of putting up a flurry of points that would make last week’s winter weather envious.
Behind a 22-point effort from sophomore Sydney Bates, Kenton Ridge coasted to a Central Buckeye Conference road victory with a 77-46 victory against Greenon Wednesday night.
Bates, who is fourth in the CBC with 15.7 points per game, knocked down four 3-pointers, while Baylee Bennett added 17 and Sara Thornton chipped in 12, as the Lady Cougars outscored Greenon 41-15 in the second half.
While the score screams blowout, Kenton Ridge clung to a five-point lead at the half, as coach Ed Foulk was forced to sit two starters because of foul trouble.
But when play resumed in the third period, the Cougars leaped out to a 13-4 advantage and never backed off the throttle.
“That’s our style,” Foulk said. “We try and run…”
Kenton Ridge trailed 6-5 in the first period, but went on a scoring storm that gave the Cougars a 24-14 lead at the end of the quarter.
The Cougars cooled off considerably in the second quarter, as foul trouble paved the way for Greenon to make a comeback.
The Lady Knights scored 17 second-quarter points and cut the lead to six after a Taylor Burson layup with less than a minute remaining.
Moments later, Jenn Miller split a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to five.
“Our game is a pressure, run type of game,” Foulk said. “In the second quarter, we couldn’t do that because we had the two of them on the bench.”
That was as close as Greenon and coach Gary Falkenbach’s squad would come, as any momentum gained was undone by a third period that yielded just eight points.
“We just didn’t execute,” Falkenbach said. “They are active. We’ve just got to to execute possessions.”
Through eight contests, Kenton Ridge is first in the CBC, averaging 70 points a game. The team’s 45.8 percent success rate from 3-point territory is also tops in the league.
For Greenon, Miller led the squad with 10 points, while Lianne Masquelier scored eight.
Kenton Ridge moved to 8-1 and remains atop the Kenton Division, while Greenon dropped to 4-2.
The Lady Knights have a tough matchup against Miami East Friday, but still have their sights set on the Mad River Division.
“We want to get better. We want to win the CBC on our side this year so we’ve got to take care of Graham, probably Saturday, and get ready for Ben Logan and the first of the year,” Falkenbach said.
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