KENESAW — The Kenesaw boys basketball team scored early and often Tuesday to pull away from Red Cloud in a 62-36 victory.
The Blue Devils (9-11) led 24-6 after one quarter and 32-12 at half time.
Kenesaw coach Jack Einrem was proud of how his team executed, especially with a change in the defensive strategy.
“We tried some different things and the kids executed it well,” he said. “Our defense executed. We switched everything tonight and we never do that. We’ve been working on it in case we need to do it down the road and put pressure on somebody. We tried it tonight and it worked really well.”
Kenesaw bench players played much of the second quarter. Einrem pulled his starters for good three minutes into the third quarter after the Blue Devils scored 15 quick points including three three-point shots.
“If you can get a W and get your bench in there it’s a great thing,” he said. “If you’re down by 20 and get your bench in there it isn’t any fun. We played well tonight and rebounded the ball really well.”
Because Kenesaw starters played so sparingly on Tuesday, Red Cloud’s Tate Schriner was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points. Schriner scored 10 of the Warriors’ 12 first half points.
He made four of his six three-point attempts.
“It’s nice to get him going,” Red Cloud coach Josh Sholtz said. “He was hot early in the year and then went through a little cold spell and now hopefully we’re back and strong at the end of the year.”
Sholtz was proud of his team’s effort.
“We always play hard,” he said. “We’re going to play hard. That’s all I can ask out of the kids. We didn’t knock down some shots, but we played hard and that’s the main thing.”
Red Cloud (1-16) outscored the Blue Devils 18-8 in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors only have nine players on the roster and just two seniors.
“They give good effort for four quarters,” Einrem said of Red Cloud. “They try. It’s just they’re young and don’t have a lot of experience and don’t have a lot of kids.”
Kenesaw..................24 8 22 8 — 62
Red Cloud.................6 6 6 18 — 36
Wyatt Hansen 6, Deric Goldenstein 2, Austin Peterson 8, Tyson Denkert 13, Eli Jensen 10, Lane Kelley 6, Trey Kennedy 2, Corey Frase 2, Joel Katzberg 7, Drake Olsen 2, Cael Richardson, 0, Randyn Uden 0, Luke Burr 3, Dalton Smith 1
Red Cloud (36)
Berrick Hersh 4, Ben Ely 7, Carson McCleary 0, Mason Klingenberger 5, Tate Schriner 18, Dillon Simpson 2, Malaki Horne 0, Dylan Manchanthasouk 0, Georgy Bakhtin 0,
Kenesaw 47, Red Cloud 19
The Kenesaw girls cruised to a 47-19 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday. Chloe Uden and Cassidy Gallagher both reached double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Meadow Wagoner added eight points, and Rylee Legg chipped in with five. Elisha Reiners totaled four points, Kaylee Steer had three, Hope Nienhueser chipped in with two, and Micah Cordes, Dominga Sanchez, and Savannah Williams all had one point.
Gallagher hauled in eight rebounds to lead the team, and Legg dished out five assists.
Marissa Hersh tallied seven points to lead the Warriors and Olivia Horne had six. Michaela Chiplaski, Beau Lewis, and Carmen Watts each had two points.