Jordyn Jenkins scored 30 points as the Chargers cruised past Titans 78-51.
With senior post JaQuaya Miller and Jordyn Jenkins leading the way, the Kentridge girls basketball team has a tendency to wear down its opponent.
The Chargers were challenged by Todd Beamer in Saturday’s NPSL championship game at Enumclaw High School, but eventually the Titans wore down like so many of Kentridge’s opponents before them. The Chargers finished the third quarter on a 15-0 run to separate from the Titans and went on to win 78-51.
“Sometimes we fall in love with the outside shot, and we were making them in the first half and that kind of gave us a little cushion, but we weren’t getting the post touches that we needed,” Kentridge coach Brad McDowell said. “In the third quarter, we really focused on working it around and being more patient on offense, but also getting that post touch and really trying to get it inside where our strengths are, obviously.”
Jenkins, a junior, benefited the most from the added touches, finishing with a game-high 30 points.
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“Our guards (are) so good passing it up (the floor),” Jenkins said. “Dayla (Ballena) and Kiernan (Denckla) had a lot of really good passes, and I can catch really well, so it’s just good having that chemistry between the three of us.”
Jenkins scored seven of her team’s 15 points during the run that ended the third quarter.
“She was making some shots,” McDowell said. “She just has a real nice touch when she is shooting and when she runs the floor, as long as she finishes strong instead of getting a little bit too fancy, then we have a great opportunity to score.”
Denckla contributed in more ways than just passing. The junior guard finished with 10 points, including back-to-back threes in the second quarter that extended the Chargers’ lead to 13 at the time, and seemed to spark the team.
“Our kids really support each other really well,” McDowell said. “If one kid gets hot, we’re looking for them for a little while after that. Those threes just kind of pulled out their zone.”