Rams, Lady Rams celebrate Senior Night in fine fashion
The Kemper Academy Rams ended their regular season on a high note, with a senior night win over Calhoun Academy.
Six seniors were honored on Monday, four of those being Lady Rams. The four Lady Rams honored were Tori Stennis, Avery Luke, Shadow Goodrich, and Sydney Wilson. Kix Wilson and Jaron McBride were the two Rams honored.
Coach Betty Lynn Haggard had a lot to say about her seniors, who she has coached for two years. “I can honestly say they are one of the best groups I have had over my 15 year career at KA,” she said. “They have kept me on my toes for sure. I am not sure I have actually taught a lot of basketball but we definitely keep it interesting.
“Years ago I believed it was all about winning, but as I have gotten older and coached more kids, I believe it is not only about winning but giving back and leaving a lasting impression on each of my kids,” Haggard said. “I hope I have accomplished this and that this wonderful group of seniors will never forget their BL [Betty Lynn} or the roots of Kemper Academy.”
It is apparent that these seniors will be missed by KA. Kix Wilson's leadership will be missed, as he once again put on a great performance, scoring 20 points and securing five rebounds and three assists in the Rams 59-41 win over Calhoun.
The Rams led 17-10 after one quarter, and led 30-25 at the half. The Rams outscored Calhoun 18-12 in the third, and shut Calhoun down to four points in the fourth. Along with Wilson's great performance, Zane Knight scored 16, along with grabbing seven boards. Jay McWilliams also grabbed seven rebounds while scoring 13.
McBride rebounded well on his senior night, recording nine rebounds along with five points. This win gave the Rams the number three seed in the district tournament.
The Lady Rams also gained a win over Calhoun by a score of, 43-23. The Lady Rams held a 20-10 lead at halftime before completely shutting Calhoun out in the third. The Lady Rams scored 12 in the third, pushing the lead to 22. Calhoun outscored the Lady Rams 13-11 in the fourth, however the Lady Rams still earned a huge win. Sydney Wilson dominated with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Tori Stennis also dominated on the boards with 14 to go along with seven points. Shadow Goodrich scored 12 points while Faith Wilson scored seven points along with securing five rebounds. KA will host the district tournament starting tonight and will continue into Saturday.
The Lady Rams will face Sylva Bay at 4 p.m. Thursday and the Rams will face Newton County Academy at 8:30 p.m. Newton and Calhoun girls will play at 7 and Sylva Bay and Calhoun boys will face off at 5:30. The winners will face off in the district championship on Saturday.