“Finally in the fourth quarter we finally had some kind of spark and it was too late,” Burnett said. “The first three minutes of the game killed us. It was like we were star-struck a little. We’re not used to playing against that aggressive of a guard. It’s not an excuse. We know what kind of caliber of a player that she is. We told them that you’re not going to be able to throw long outlet passes, they’re going to get picked. We ended up doing it.”
Freshman Olivia Collins led the Kings (3-4) with 12 points. Maci Maupin scored 11, Carley Weaver had nine and Savanna Thompson added six. Ashton McClain had eight rebounded and Bailey Gremelspacher added seven.
The Kings have some talented young players and Burnett said they should look up to Jennings’ work ethic.
“It’s players like that I hope that our girls model after. That’s the mentality that I would like to instill in our program someday in the players that we coach,” she said.
The consolations and finals are set for Saturday night.
West Central 56, Winamac 38
Class A, No. 9-ranked West Central came out of the locker room on fire by scoring 16 points in the first quarter to lead Winamac 16-4 in Midwest Conference action. The Warriors (4-3, 0-1 MWC) stayed with the Trojans (4-0, 1-0 MWC) in the second quarter for a 27-15 halftime deficit, but came out of the locker room again to go on a 21-13 run for a 48-28 lead at the end of the third quarter. Winamac finally outscored West Central in the fourth quarter (10-8), but fell 56-38.
“We ran into a very good West Central team that seems to be hitting on all cylinders,” Winamac coach Jeff Wagner said. “It will be difficult for anyone in the conference to be able to upend them this season. Not only do they apply a good defensive pressure, they get up and down the floor really well.”