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Kendall girls edge past Pembroke

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 January 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Tania Arellano (11) drives in for a layup during the Lady Eagles one point win at Pembroke this evening.

Surviving a rash of turnovers, Kendall escaped with a narrow 26-25 victory at Pembroke this evening in a Genesee Region League girls basketball game.

Tania Arellano scored a game high 14 points to lead the way for Kendall which had nearly 30 turnovers on the night.

Taylor ReQua and Jenny West both added 4 points while Elizabeth Rath and Sarah Gardner each chipped in with 2 for the Lady Eagles which improve to 2-3 in the league and 4-4 overall.

Taylor Kingsbury, who was hampered by foul trouble, grabbed off 10 rebounds for Kendall.

Aralyse Johnson and Rylee Moser each scored 9 to pace Pembroke.

Kendall grabbed a 7-5 lead at the end of the opening period on a layup and five free throws by Arellano.

However, a dozen turnovers stymied the Kendall offense in the second quarter as Pembroke used an 8-2 scoring edge to rally into a 13-9 lead at the half.

Kendall though turned the tables on Pembroke in the third period outpointing the Dragons 10-2 to regain a 19-15 lead at the three-quarter mark.

A layup by Gardner, followed quickly by layup off a steal by ReQua, pulled Kendall even at 13-13 with 3:30 to go in the period. Another layup by ReQua followed by a pair of buckets by West, on a layup and a rebound, then vaulted the Eagles into the 19-15 lead.

Kendall’s Sarah Gardner (23) goes up for a shot as Pembroke’s Aralyse Johnson (11) tries for a block.

Pembroke briefly pulled even at 19-19 midway through the final period but Kendall answered back with two free throws and a layup by Arellano to regain the lead for good at 23-19 with 2:40 to go.

Pembroke though closed back to within one at 23-22 after a jumper by Olivia Kohorst and a free throw by Moser.

Two free throws by Rath and one by Arellano then provided the margin of victory giving Kendall a 26-22 lead with 28 seconds remaining.

Pembroke did make the finish interesting as Moser hit a three with 1.3 seconds to go. However, Kendall got the ball in bounds to Arellano to kill off the final second and preserve the win.

The Eagles also got key turnovers by Rath and ReQua and a big rebound by Rath in the final 1:15 to help earn the slender win.

Kendall next hosts Rochester Academy Charter in a non league game at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Kendall’s Elizabeth Rath (2) battles for a rebound with Pembroke’s Emma Patterson (13).