Kenton Shoots Past Pirates Late
By Sam Brauen Tuesday, February 20, 2018 09:30:42 PM
(KENTON) - After being stymied for two quarters, Kenton erupted for 24 fourth quarter points and stormed back for a 59-53 victory over Bluffton. The Pirates surrendered a ten point second half lead in the loss as they fell to 9-12 on the year. Kenton improved to 14-7. Jared Piercefield led Bluffton with 15 points.
Kenton made 2/3 two point goals, 3/3 three point goals and 11/12 free throws in the final quarter. The white hot shooting mimicked the first quarter when the Wildcats connected on 6/8 three pointers as they exploded for a 22-13 lead after one quarter. Bluffton’s defense clamped down on KHS in the middle two quarters, allowing just 13 points in the middle 16 minutes.
The Pirates opened the second quarter on a 13-0 jaunt to turn a nine point deficit into a four point advantage. The Pirates got buckets from Piercefield, Mason Soper and Dakota Bricker in the run. Soper poured in 7 points in the quarter. In the third quarter, the Pirate defense continued to shine, shutting out Kenton for over four minutes. Piercefield hit a 3, Kaleb Jefferson completed an old fashioned three point play before Kenton scored. Jefferson scored twice more in the lane as Bluffton built their biggest lead at 37-27 with 2:50 left in the third quarter. Kenton closed the quarter on an 8-1 run to cut the lead to 38-35 after three quarters.
The Wildcat white hot shooting returned in the fourth as the Wildcats opened on a 13-4 rush to take a 48-42 lead with four minutes left. The Pirates could not close the gap as the Wildcats were deadly from the free throw line (11/12) and connected on three 3s in the final eight minutes.
14/29 2s 4/15
5/12 3s 12/24
10/17 FT 15/18
17 REB 15
13 TO 9
Individual Bluffton Statistics
Jared Piercefield - 15 points, 1 reb, two 3s
Kaleb Jefferson - 13 points, 9 reb
Mason Soper - 13 points, three 3s
Dakota Bricker - 8 points
Mason Ault - 2 points, 2 reb
Cole Fruchey - 2 points, 3 reb