Lady Broncos fall to Young in city Final Four

Kenwood Senior Kimeira Burks (#3) goes up for two points during the Bronco’s 78 to 63 loss to the Whitney Young Dolphins in the Chicago Public Schools Championship semifinal game. (Photo by Marc Monaghan)

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
Sports Writer

After a huge victory against Taft High School on Friday night, the Kenwood Lady Broncos fell to Whitney Young, 78-63, at Chicago State in the Final Four of the city playoffs.

“We didn’t do a good job of maintaining our energy,” said Andre Lewis, head coach of the Lady Broncos. “We let them dictate tempo in the third quarter and that’s the difference in the game.”

After keeping the game close at halftime, 39-32, the Lady Broncos were outscored 22-8 to close out the third quarter.

The Lady Broncos had no answer for the superb play of Young’s backcourt duo of sophomore guard Timia Ware, who finished with 21 points, and senior guard Kyla Jones, who finished with a game-high 24 points.

“(Coach) told us to keep playing our game and moving the ball and rotate on defense,” Jones said.

Although the Lady Broncos would make a slight run in the fourth quarter, the Dolphins put away the game with fast break basketball, great defense and clutch free-throw shooting.

On Friday night, Kenwood’s girls had advanced to the city Final Four for just the second time in school history, with a 70-57 victory over Taft High School.

Coach Lewis said it was a very good challenge for his team to play Taft on Friday night, who were known for playing structured basketball throughout the season. Lewis also said it was good to see his team defend and “hold them off” throughout the game.

Lewis said he was amazed to see his team’s focus and attention to detail on both ends of the floor. Especially against a well coach team in Taft.

Kenwood’s Kimeira Burks led all scorers with 22 points, but she got a lot of help from  teammates Brianna McDaniel who scored 11 points, senior Tamara Nard who tallied 8 points and four blocks, and Zoe Belcher who scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

“We want to show that we can get to the city (championship) and beat big teams,” McDaniel had said.

Unfortunately, the Lady Broncos came up just a little short.

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