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Medina tops Kendall for tournament title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 3 December 2016 at 7:01 pm
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Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Je’ne Brown, who earned MVP honors, drives by Kendall’s Jenna Regan during the Mustangs tournament title win over the host Lady Eagles this afternoon.

Pulling away down the stretch, Medina downed the host Lady Eagles 44-33 this afternoon in the championship game of the Kendall Tournament.

Leading by a narrow 34-30 margin, Medina outscored Kendall 10-3 in the final quarter on a rebound bucket and a layup by Je’ne Brown, a jumper and a rebound basket by Kayla Cuadra and a jumper by Molley Gross to lock up the win and the title.

Brown, who earned the tourney’s MVP award, finished with game high totals of 25 points and 16 rebounds.

Cuadra added 8 points, Gross 4, Emily Kams 3 and Maddie Winters and Maddie Williams 2 each for the Mustangs. Williams, who was named to the All-Tournament team, also had 10 rebounds and 5 steals while Cuadra had 6 rebounds.

Taylor ReQua led Kendall with 15 points as Lizzie Rath and Jenna Regan both had 4, Daniela Volkmar and Lizzie Sutphen 3 and Kacey Menge and Rachael Bukatis 2. ReQua and Rath were both named to the All-Tournament team.

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Kendall’s Lizzie Rath,at left, drives to the basket. At the right Medina’s Maddie Williams takes a shot.

Medina jumped out to a 9-4 led at the outset as Brown scored 6 early points on three layups.

However, setting a pattern that held up for most of the game, Kendall answered with a 7-2 run to close the period knotting the contest at 11-11.

The Lady Eagles then grabbed what proved to be their only lead at 13-12 on a layup by ReQua to open the second quarter.

The Mustangs answered right back with a 10-0 run which included a layp off a steal by Williams, a layup and a three point play by Brown and a jumper by Cuadra to go up 22-13.

Kendall though cut the deficit to 22-18 at the half on a three by Volkmar and a rebound bucket by Regan.

A rebound basket by Brown and a jumper by Gross upped the Medina lead to 8 at 26-18 at the outset of the third period but again Kendall came battling back.

A burst of 8 straight points by ReQua on two threes and a jumped pulled by Lady Eagles back to within two at 30-28.

Rebound baskets by Cuadra and Brown though helped the Mustangs hold a slender 34-30 lead at the three-quarter mark.

The Mustangs then finally pulled away for good using a 10-3 fourth quarter scoring edge to clam the win and improve to 2-0 on the young season.

In the consolation game, Northeast of Rochester defeated Holley. Angela Weaver represented Holley on the All-Tournament team.

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Kendall’s Taylor ReQua tries to shoot against a block attempt by Medina defender Maddie Winters.