KEARNY, NJ - It only took a few minutes for the Kennedy Lady Knights (22-6) to start pouring it on the Kardinals of Kearny High School (19-9) in their second round matchup of the NJSIAA State Tournament game on Thursday night.
"We set the tone early and it helped us a lot since we were on the road. It took the fans out of the game in the first half," said Lady Knights Head Coach MarQuette Burgess after the game.
Kennedy got off to 26-10 lead by the middle of the second quarter, all the while making easy steals by disrupting the Kardinal's passing lanes. Kearny's best player, Stefanie Gomes, was limited to just 6-points in the first half and was a non-factor throughout much of the game. The Lady Knights entered the second half with a healthy 23-point lead.
Sophomore guard Ahnyyah Jackson scored a pair of three-pointers in the first half and an impressive four-point play in the second half, finishing the game with 20-points. Her teammate, sophomore Morgan Taylor, led the game with 22-points including six trips to the foul-line. Sophomore Erika Brown contributed 10-points to the Lady Knights' totals as well.
Despite his team's great effort in the win, coach Burgess is still thinking about improvements.
"We got to rebound a little better and box out- I don't like that we gave up 38 points," Burgess said, "But I love our energy and the fact that we spread the ball around. I like where we are right now."
The Lady Knights will move onto the third round of the NJSIAA State Tournament.
, where they will play Ridgewood High School (11-12) at home. Tip-off is tentatively scheduled for 1 pm.