KEARNEY — The month of March has been cruel for the Kenesaw boys basketball program lately, as the Blue Devils lost in the district championship game for the third consecutive season Tuesday.
A furious fourth-quarter effort by the Blue Devils (12-13) wasn’t enough to mask their sluggish shooting performance in a 57-48 loss to Elwood (14-10) in the Class D-2, District 4 battle at Kearney Catholic’s Cope Coliseum.
After netting just 22 points in the first three quarters, Kenesaw’s offense came alive to the tune of 26 points alone in the fourth quarter. But the closest the Blue Devils managed to cut the Pirates’ lead was eight points in the final minutes.
“That’s kind’ve been our problem all year. We didn’t shoot the ball well and we fell behind,” said Kenesaw head coach Jack Einrem, whose team managed to hit just 16-of-63 field goals in the loss. “We were warming up and we were shooting the ball well, and I thought to myself that we were going to be good out of the gate. But it just didn’t happen.
“The kids gave great effort, holy cow, to be down 20 and to cut it to eight. No complaints on my part.”