Kent County leads wire-to-wire, beats North Caro­line

Times-Record - - News - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

RIDGELY — Lead­ing for all but 24 score­less sec­onds at the be­gin­ning of Thurs­day’s game, the Kent County High boys’ bas­ket­ball team evened its record with a 7463 win on the road against North Caro­line.

The Tro­jans, now 1-1 over­all, 1-0 North Bay­side, are off un­til Mon­day, when they play their home opener at 5:30 p.m. against North Dorch­ester North Caro­line, which lost on the road against Po­comoke on Tues­day, is now 0-2, 0-1; the team vis­its long­time ri­val Eas­ton at 5:30 p.m. Mon­day.

“This is how I knew we could do it,” Kent County head coach Sobaye Scott said. “We played to­gether; we played solid, and we re­mem­bered to help each other out.

“It wasn’t any­thing like this [Tues­day at Wi­comico],” Scott added. “We came out OK that night, scored like 10 points the first 3½ min­utes, in­side, no real long-range stuff, but then started try­ing to shoot threes, and the next thing you know we lost. ... Tonight, we stayed within our­selves, made good de­ci­sions shoot­ing.”

She’Mar Turner’s layup, with 7 min­utes, 36 sec­onds to go in the first quar­ter, put the guests ahead to stay at 2-0. Turner added an­other bucket 24 sec­onds later off a feed from Mar­c­quan Greene, and the Tro­jans never looked back.

Lead­ing by as much as nine points in the sec­ond quar­ter, Kent County hit a snag as that pe­riod wore on, though, when North Caro­line assem­bled a run.

Trail­ing 29-20 with 4:38 to go in the half af­ter a twohanded dunk by Manny Camper (27 points, 10 re­bounds), the Bull­dogs, shoot­ing just 8-for-23 from the floor to that point, be­gan find­ing the bucket.

A layup by Ja’Mion Franklin (11 points, 11 re­bounds) with 4:18 to go be­gan the run, the home team’s 13-6 spurt mak­ing it a one-pos­ses­sion game, at 35-33, go­ing into the break.

But the Tro­jans started the sec­ond half just as they had the first, by show­ing more con­trol.

An 11-4 run opened up their lead to nine points again, at 46-37, just 3 min­utes into the third. Four points by Takai Caulk, who fin­ished with eight, and two more Turner buck­ets fu­eled the flour­ish.

Kent County stretched its lead to 51-40 by the 2:30 mark of the third be­fore the Bull­dogs again closed it up.

“We’ve just got to get more pro­duc­tion out of our bench,” North Caro­line head coach Steve Perry said. “Right now, we’ve got three guys pro­duc­ing, and ... we’ve got two fresh­men out there, start­ing, see­ing a lot of time.

“We’re go­ing to have to work on ev­ery­thing in prac­tice Fri­day,” Perry added. “We need to sit down with them, look at some tape, and go over what needs to be fixed . ... We’re just not get­ting the job done.”

For their part, the Tro­jans seemed in just the op­po­site sit­u­a­tion.

“We told them af­ter los­ing by 10 points to Wi-Hi Tues­day, ‘you’ve got to be the ones to dic­tate your de­ci­sions on when to shoot,’” Scott said. “And to­day they did. They did a lot bet­ter de­cid­ing how and when to make a shot . ... I’d say tonight, they dic­tated that 75, maybe 80 per­cent of the time. It wasn’t any­where near that much the other day.”

Camper, last year’s North Bay­side Player of the Year, agreed with his coach’s as­sess­ment.

“Oh, we did a lot bet­ter tonight than we did [Tues­day],” Camper said. “It feels a lot bet­ter, too, to come over here and win this. We’ve just got to keep play­ing like a team, giv­ing help on de­fense, mak­ing smart choices.”

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