By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
The Kenwood Lady Broncos improved to 4-0 on the season with a 64-40 blowout over basketball powerhouse Simeon Career Academy on Saturday afternoon in their home opener that revealed a newly renovated facility.
“We want are students to have the best,” said Coach Jim Maley, head boys varsity basketball coach of the Kenwood Broncos.
“During the summer we had the whole facility renovated so that our athletes can compete at the highest level,” Maley said.
Before the game, Lady Broncos head coach Andre Lewis emphasized the importance of his team getting off to a great start and said even with their early success this season, he would not allow his girls to rest on their laurels.
“It’s always important to perform well in your home opener,” Lewis said.
“It was also important that we came out with energy. Our main objective was to jump on this team early with our defense and force them to play, according to our strengths, a more up-tempo style,” Lewis said.
“Our bigs outrebounded them throughout the game and they could not handle our trap. We were able to put a lot of [defensive] pressure on their guards in the first half which led to a lot of easy points off turnovers.” Lewis said.
And that they did, thanks to the smothering defense of freshman guard No. 11, Tarsheia Page, who finished with a game-high 18 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. It marked the freshman’s second consecutive game scoring in the double figures, with at least 5-plus steals. In addition to the smothering defense of Page, sharp shooter Sharese Scott would put on a first quarter offensive display, draining four three pointers in eight minutes for 12 points while propelling the Broncos to a 32-23 lead at the half.
“I took advantage of whatever the defense gave me,” said Scott. “And when they left me open, I just knocked down the shot.”
In the second half, after a Lady Wolverines run, Broncos point guard Alyssa Moore would provide a spark off the bench, exploding for 12 points after missing the first half due to an emergency at home which made her late for shoot-around. This led to coach Lewis enforcing his team policy that states “If a player does not show up before shoot around, they can’t play until the second half.” Some things are worth waiting for: Moore’s 12 points would lift the Broncos to a 24 point victory in a blowout.
Final Score: Lady Broncos 64, Lady Wolverines 40
With Saturday’s victory, the Lady Broncos improved to 4-0 on the season with their next game being Tuesday, Dec. 3 against North Lawndale College Prep. Game time is 7 pm at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.