Goodrich-led Bucs take early lead at Kent

Kent County’s Mattie Cesarini, right, ties up Kent Island’s Eria Clark in the third quarter Jan. 2.

WORTON — A four-game win streak to close out 2019 did not carry over to the start of a new year for Kent County’s girls basketball team.

The mostly underclassman Trojans were no match for their seasoned guests from Kent Island on Thursday, Jan. 2.

Kent Island (5-2) never trailed on the way to a 67-45 victory on the first day back from winter vacation for both schools. Senior Blair Goodrich scored 12 of her game-high 22 points in the opening quarter to stake the visiting team to a 19-9 lead.

In the second quarter, junior Katelyn Campbell netted six points and three other Buccaneers each contributed four as the advantage grew to 45-19 at halftime.

The Bucs ended the third quarter on a 9-0 run, extending their lead to more than 30 points.

Kent County outscored its guest, 18-9, over the final eight minutes. That’s when senior Kayla Collins took over, totaling seven of her team-high 12 points.

Collins’ length-of-the court layup started a run of 10 unanswered points that reduced the deficit to 65-43 with 2 minutes, 9 seconds remaining. Freshman Alyssa Thomason and senior Mattie Cesarini also scored.

Goodrich’s layup with 1:10 to play halted the run. She scored six of Kent Island’s nine fourth-quarter points.

Thomason’s putback at the buzzer accounted for the final.

She finished with eight points.

Cesarini and freshman Ty’Aishah “Ty” Moody each contributed nine points. Junior Olivia Jones added four points and classmate Sierra Frain hit a 3-pointer to open the fourth-quarter scoring.

The Buccaneers received scoring from nine of the 11 players who dressed. Goodrich was the only one to reach double figures. Junior Te-Te Freeman contributed nine points, Campbell eight, and Lily Dixon, Allison Corbin and Aliva Hansworth six points apiece.

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