Kennedy snaps Orioles’ streak at 30

SPRINGVILLE — This time, Goliath took the slingshot and snapped it across his knee.

Class 4A fifth-ranked Cedar Rapids Kennedy owned the boards, dominated the second half and ended 1A No. 1 Springville’s 30-game winning streak, 61-43, in a girls’ basketball game last night at Springville High School.

“This was a huge game for us,” said Kennedy’s Jade Rogers, who scorched the Orioles for 22 points, 12 rebounds and six steals. “We were aware of their streak, and it was an intense atmosphere.”

Kennedy has an enrollment of 1,376 students in grades 10-12. Springville’s count is 118. So it’s logical that depth played a role in the outcome.

Leading 30-26 after an entertaining first half, the Cougars (14-3) took command. Rogers scored her team’s first 10 points of the third quarter as the margin grew to 40-30, and it was 53-35 by the end of the period.

“We knew they were capable of coming back, so we had to stay on it the entire time. No let-ups,” Rogers said.

The margin twice grew to 22 points. And afterward, Orioles Coach Brian O’Donnell gave his first concession speech since Jan. 19, 2008.

**Complete story in Sunday’s Gazette. Former unbeatens Waukon and Sigourney also fell tonight.**


4 Responses to “Kennedy snaps Orioles’ streak at 30”

  1. DebV Says:

    It was a great game. Crowd was into it, Girls played hard. Springville was on the end of few bad calls (we couldn’t do anything under the basket without gettin called for it) and the fouls were pretty lopsided…but in the end, Kennedy outplayed the Orioles, straight up.

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  3. kennedymom Says:

    Thank you to the Springville fans for being so welcoming to our Kennedy Girls team. Although we are 4A, they do not get the luxury of playing in front of a large, exciting crowd very often. 4A gyms for girls games are pretty quiet and empty. Your Springville players are a great team and they are lucky to get to play in front of a dedicated community of fans. Good luck the rest of the way!

  4. jtlinder Says:

    Actually, fouls weren’t lopsided. Kennedy was whistled for 16, Springville for 15. Difference was, with Kennedy playing so many girls, they were spread out so much. None of the Cougars had more than two.

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