Kent girls win holiday hoops

Freshman Ty’Aishah Moody totaled 27 points in two games to help the Trojans win the holiday tournament at Crisfield last week.

CRISFIELD — Sierra Frain knocked down three 3-pointers and Ti’Aishah “Ty” Moody scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to carry Kent County past North Hampton, Va., 59-39, in the first game of a holiday basketball tournament here Friday.

Kent then dismantled Holly Grove, 62-17, Saturday in the championship game.

“The girls looked amazing,” said Kent County coach Tishara Collins. They executed well at both ends of the court, with stellar defense, she added.

In Friday’s opener at Crisfield High School, the Trojans ended with a 23-6 run to pull away in what had been a closely contested game through three quarters.

Moody and Frain provided the knockout punch, combining for 19 of Kent’s final 23 points.

Moody finished with a team-high 19 points. Frain contributed 15 points, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. And Kayla Collins added 13 points.

This was a homecoming for Collins, who scored nearly 1,000 points over three years as a star at Crisfield.

She is in her first year as a Trojan, transferring when her mother — and now coach — accepted a full-time teaching job at KCHS.

Moody, who is a freshman, and Frain, who is enrolled in the school system’s new blended learning academy, also are first-year Trojans.

In Friday’s victory, Kent also received scoring from freshman Alyssa Thomason (six points), junior Olivia Jones (four points) and senior Mattie Cesarini (two points).

Kent held a modest 26-20 lead at halftime, after locking into a 12-12 draw at the end of the first period. Collins, Jones and Frain each scored four points in the second period.

The margin was only 36-33 after three quarters.

The championship game against Holly Grove the next day was a rout. Kent pitched shutouts in the first and third quarters. The score was 29-10 at halftime.

Collins led all scorers with 18 points; she played only in the first and third quarters.

Thomason added 13 points, all but two scored in the first half.

Cesarini contributed nine points, playing only the second and fourth quarters.

Frain and Moody, who both only played the first and third quarters, scored eight points apiece.

Jones and Cheyenne Blockston made up the balance.

The Trojans scored the first 19 points and were never threatened.

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