Trojans Win Fourth-Straight In 51-23 Win

By Jeremy McDonald

SALEM, Ore.–  Kennedy needed to be efficient with six girls on their roster this season.  And for much of the season have been looking like the Trojan squad that have raised havoc on 2A in years past.

Tuesday afternoon rolled around.  Western Christian.  Another opportunity to try to lock-up the second-place in the Tri-River Conference, separating themselves with the Pioneers who they had found themselves tied at 3-1 in league with.

For Kennedy, they spent no-time getting to business.  Fueled from their losses from Clatskanie and Gervais the Trojans turned a 4-4 game quickly into a 32-10 halftime lead.

“It’s been super fun, we may have a small bench but we just have to work hard and run-out our opponent.  We’re a pretty fast team and we play pretty solid, we just gotta keep that up with the last games coming up.  It’s exciting,” Kennedy’s Elise Suing said.

Suing scored 15 points, all in the first three quarters as the Trojan defense held Western Christian to 14 points in Kennedy’s 51-23 victory.  Communication hurt the Pios, who had been right there with the Cougars on top of the league standing. 

(left-to-right) Kennedy’s Kelsey Kleinschmit, Western Christian’s Madi Nicoli and the Trojans Jenna Hopkins go after a loose-ball in the second half of Kennedy’s 51-23 road win (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

A win Tuesday and Wednesday against Culver would’ve made Thursday’s game winner-take-all for the Title.  But with their loss, plus Colton canceling the remainder of their season due to a positive Covid-test, Gervais took home the TRC-Title.

Nonetheless, with two-games remaining, the Pioneers hope to end the season strong with their games with the Bulldogs and Cougs.

“I don’t think we showed up (today) and that’s what caught us off guard.  Just encourage each other and lift each other up when we’re down and just fight through it,” Western Christian’s MaKenna Hopper said.  “Lift each other up, encourage each other.  Talk more, we didn’t talk tonight and execute the game play.”

Hopper led the Pios with eight points,  Reese Hall contributed another seven for Western Christian.  Ellie Cantu led all scorers with 18 points for the Trojans.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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