Bloomington Kennedy’s win over Robinsdale Armstrong in the Class AAAA state quarterfinals could have been sponsored by Sherwin-Williams, because the victory came all in the paint.
Kennedy’s trio of low post terrors, Jenna Smith, Tara Steinbauer and Ashly Robinson combined to score 55 of the Eagles’ 69 points in the 69-40 romp.
Kennedy did not start off using their height advantage, and only led 28-20 at the break.
“We started shooting too many outside shots,” said Smith, who had a game high 20 points. “We came into the locker room and tried to set up a new play so we could move it inside more so we could get better shots.”
Going back to the drawing board worked wonders for the Eagles. The trio scored 32 of the Eagles 41 points, as they had no trouble pulling away.
Armstrong had more problems than just the Eagles low post game. They shot just 25% in the second half, and 26.8% for the game. When they were able to get the ball down low for a good look, Smith was swatting them away like flies. She had 7 of Kennedy’s 8 blocked shots.
The defending state champs will now face St. Paul Central in the semifinals. The game is going to be a special one for Smith.
“Angel [Robinson, Central’s star guard] is my best friend,” said Smith. “So it’s going to be fun. If we take care of our height advantage… we can do it.”
That is, as long as they remembered to copy their new play off the board in the locker room.