Kennedy Shows League Superiority With Win Over Anderson

6 Feb

Taylor Kennedy is in a class of their own within the Downriver League.  The Eagles sit alone top of the conference with a two game lead over Woodhaven and Allen Park.

The latest win for the Eagles was against Southgate Anderson, the lone blemish on Kennedy’s conference record of 8-1.

“Tonight we played good help side defense,” senior point guard Andia Marsh said.  “Last time we settled for long threes, this time we dissected their zone and got layups and free throws.”

Marsh scored Kennedy’s first five points of the game, and finished with a team high 19.  The Eagles built a six point advantage after the opening eight minutes of play.  The deciding quarter was the second.  Kennedy limited Anderson to five points  the entire second quarter, while holding the Titan senior guard trio of Dejon Matthews, Juwan Graham, and Trey Harris to a combined 13 first half points.

Kennedy led by 14 at half, and would lead by a comfortable margin the remainder of the game.  Marsh said he started to suffer from cramps as the game went on, and scored only four points in the second half.  However, fellow seniors also contributed for Kennedy.  Shooting guard Anton Hogan scored nine points and rebounded six balls, 6’3″ forward Ciante Roach scored six points with 13 rebounds, and junior Charles Pritchett missed one shot on the night, but with three baskets and six free-throws, contributed 12 points and five rebounds.

“The bench came in with the same energy or more it never went down,” Marsh added. “When they saw I couldn’t really move they realized they had to step up and contribute more and that’s exactly what they did.”

The Eagles find themselves in a position the program hasn’t been in for four years, first place.  That 2009-2010 team eased to the conference championship with a record of 9-0, and made an appearance in the state quarterfinals.  Marsh aspires to greater lengths, but knows it is better to start off small.  An outright conference title has been one of Marsh’s goals for the past four years.

“It would be a great accomplishment,” Marsh said. “In my four years we never won a league, district or anything. But our goals are way more then just a league title, it would be great but we have our sight set on something bigger. But it would be a great accomplishment for the entire team.”

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