Marshfield, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- Junior Chris Kendrix dazzled while scoring 23 points, and senior Kolbe Kinghorn added 12 more as the Willard Tigers improved to 5-2 on the season by defeating the Marshfield Blue Jays 54-41 on Friday evening.
On a night where defense took center stage, both teams made scoring difficult throughout the game, and Willard head coach Lamont Frazier couldn’t have been happier with his team’s effort.
“We knew we had to have good effort on defense, and the intensity had to be better than the last time we took the floor and we did that,” said Frazier.
Even after a low-scoring first quarter for both teams, the Tigers looked poised to take charge of the game when Kolbe Kinghorn scored early in the second quarter to put his team up by nine points.
Junior Blayne Armstrong refused to let that happen however. Scoring 10 of the Blue Jays’ 11 points in the second, Armstrong kept Marshfield within seven points going into halftime.
Early in the third quarter, Armstrong continued his hot shooting as he pulled the Blue Jays within three points after hitting one of his six 3-pointers on the evening, but Marshfield would never get closer thanks in large part to Willard’s execution of the game plan.
“We knew we had to get to their shooters,” Frazier said. “We understood we couldn’t stop them completely. We knew we had to make their guards finish at the basket, get to the free throw line, and minimize our mistakes. We did a good job of that.”
Even though the Blue Jays received the loss, head coach J.C. Carter was proud of the way his team played.
“Although we still need to handle pressure better, we’re improving,” said Carter. “Last game we had 21 turnovers and tonight we cut it to 13, which is encouraging. We need to continue to rebound better, but I thought our effort was really good tonight.”
Marshfield (3-3) travels to Camdenton on Dec. 18, while Willard heads to Hillcrest on Dec. 18.
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