In South Suburban Conference play this season, the Bloomington Kennedy Eagles won both meetings with the Lakeville North Panthers by double digit margins. Make that three in a row as Tonoia Wade scored 19 points to lead the Eagles to a 61-51 win over the Panthers in the Class AAAA semifinals Thursday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
Kennedy won the first game by 20 on January 28 and the second by 23 on February 28.
Wade would start strong for the Eagles, scoring the game's first five points. MacKenzie Denk would cut the lead to one with four straight points. Lashayta Wright-Ponder would also contribute to the scoring as she put Kennedy up by three. Kenisha Bell would break into the scoring column, scoring after a steal. Lakeville North would bounce back as Terni Carda would score four straight points cut the lead to three and Denk would hit a pair of free throws to trim the lead to one. The Eagles would lead at the half 32-29.
Wright-Ponder would open up the second half scoring for Kennedy. But it was Bell, who scored only four points in the first half would ring the ball through the net. She scored on a put back and scored 14 second half points. Wade, who will play next season at St. John's in New York would increase the lead to 10 as the Eagles showed team speed like they were heading down I-35W. There was a bright spot from the Panther bench as Olivia Bruce was 2-2 from both the field and the free throw line.
Three other players would score in double figures for Kennedy. Bell had 18 points. Wright-Ponder would score 12 and Odor added 10. Denk would lead Lakeville North with 17 points. Carda contributed 10.
It will be an All South Suburban Conference showdown for the Class AAAA title as the Eagles will face the Eastview Lightning Saturday night at 8 PM at Williams Arena. The Panthers will take on the Eden Prairie Eagles for third place Saturday afternoon at 4 PM at Ganglehoff Center on the Concordia University campus in St. Paul.
The attendance for the two Thursday semifinal sessions was 3,762.