Kenny leads Lady Wolves to 5th consecutive win
January 26, 2011 - Delaney Kenny is following in her older sister's footsteps while Kaleigh is busy playing college basketball for Findlay University.
Delaney, the starting point guard for the Lady Wolves, now in only her sophomore year, scored a career high 17 points in the 36-33 win over Rochester Adams, Jan. 18.
"I think we were a little cocky coming into this game after beating them by over twenty points last year, but with a team effort we came out of this game with a good win," said Delaney.
Delaney, who has been a top scorer on the squad, has helped her team to a season considerably better then last year.
"Delaney brings a ton of energy to the floor. When she's in the game the speed really picks up and the girls tend to play well around her. She's a leader and motivator," said Clarkston Girls Varsity Basketball Head Coach Tim Wasilk.
The Wolves have won six straight games and have improved their record to 8-4 on the season - a significant improvement compared to last year's five-win total.
"This season is really progressing well, we're making good strides. We already have more wins than last season. The team is happy, and most importantly everyone is focused and has a drive to win," said Wasilk.
Tuesday's low scoring affair was one of the many close games the Lady Wolves have had this season.
The Wolves had good ball control throughout the first half. This, along with good defense, gave Clarkston a 26-17 lead going into halftime.
Adams guard, Jessica Lang, had 12 points in the first half to lead her team. Delaney also had 12 first half points.
Coming out of the locker room, the Wolves scoring began to slow down. Adams also had nothing going for them in the third quarter either, as there was only a combined 11 points between the two teams.
Adams, however, made up for lost ground in the fourth quarter. After being down nine at the half, the Lady Highlanders fought back to come within three points with just two minutes left. Following a missed opportunity to tie the game the Wolves got the ball back.
Kenney was fouled on with 30 seconds left. After missing both free throws, Adams picked up the rebound and attempted another three-pointer but missed.
Anna Manilla's rebound for the Wolves was followed by a Clarkston turnover.
The Highlanders had the ball with eight seconds left. Adams inbounded the ball to Lang, who attempted one final three-pointer but came up short and the Wolves prevailed.
Lang led her team in scoring ending the night with 18 points. Delaney had nearly half her team's points finishing with 17. She was two for five from the free throw line.
Lindsey Reppuhn also contributed six points for the Lady Wolves.
"It was a grind it out win," said Wasilk. Adams did a nice job defending us throughout the game. We seemed to struggle with the scoring aspect in the second half. But, we played well and with good defense we found a way to win."
Clarkston heads to Southfield-Lathrup on Friday and Southfield next Tuesday.
Gabe Comos is a junior at Clarkston High School.