Allie Redmond (21) goes to the goal to score for Kemper Academy Friday night.
Allie Redmond (21) goes to the goal to score for Kemper Academy Friday night.
From school reports

The Kemper Academy boys claimed their first victory of the season Friday night as they defeated Clarkdale 60-42 in prep basketball action.

The Lady Rams fell behind in the second quarter and dropped a 42-39 loss to Clarkdale.

The Rams improve to 1-3 while the Kemper Academy girls dropped to 2-2. Both teams will be off this week for the Thanksgiving holidays. Kemper Academy will visit Sylva-Bay on Monday.

“It was good for the boys to get their first win,” KA coach Scott Johnson said. “They have been working hard. We are going to be playing bigger schools until the month of January and the competition is going to be tough.

“The girls had a lull in second and third quarters and didn’t play well. We came on tough in the fourth quarter and pulled to within one point.”

The results were the opposite when the schools met last week at Clarkdale. The girls won 44-39 while the boys lost 55-49.

The Kemper Academy boys jumped out to a 25-4 lead in the first quarter on Friday night. The Rams added to their lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 19-7, as they took a 44-11 lead.

After an even third quarter, Coach Johnson pulled his starters for the final eight minutes of play.

Chance Cawthorne and River Keaton both scored 18 points to lead the Rams while Trey Waddell added 12 points. Keaton had seven assists and six steals. Cawthorne had 10 rebounds while Waddell had six assists.  

The first quarter of the girls game was close with the Lady Bulldogs leading 11-10 at the end of the first quarter.

Clarkdale then outscored Kemper Academy 15-6 in the second quarter to go up 26-16 at the half.  The third quarter was about even and Clarkdale led 32-23 going into the final stanza. The Lady Rams outscored Clarkdale 16-10 in the final quarter but fell short in the end.

Jena Bobo was the leading scorer for Kemper Academy with 13 points. Libba Dudley added 10 points while Anna Cumberland scored eight.