Kentridge overwhelms Benson girls

Second-half energy propels 54-41 victory
By Cliff Pfenning,
Tresai McCarver, right, sticks to Benson's Tayler Lyday Saturday night.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning,

PORTLAND - Sophomore Jordyn Jenkins had a storied night scoring for the Kentridge girls basketball program Satuday night, but the team's defense and rebounding provided the edge in beating Benson in the final of the inaugural PIL Holdiay Classic.

Jenkins, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, hit 14 of 17 shots from the field and finished with 32 points and eight rebounds. But, junior teammate JaQuaya Miller, herself 6-4, grabbed 16 rebounds without scoring, and senior guard Tresai McCarver helped hold Benson standout Tayler Lyday to just three points in the second half of a 54-41 victory at Franklin High.


Benson trailed just 35-32 midway through the third quarter when Lyday seemed to run out of gas and the Techsters followed against Washington's defending Class 4A state champion. The Chargers finished with a 37-20 edge in rebounds and made 23 of 49 field-goal attempts.

"They just seemed to outwork us," said Lyday, a 6-1 guard, who has played nearly every minute of the season for the Techsters. "We seemed to slumber down when we needed to pick it up, and that was the difference."


Lyday finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, while junior guard Makenzy Porter had 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting from 3-point range. Four of the Benson players played all 32 minutes, something the team may struggle with when it heads to Washington, D.C., for an elite tournament next week with junior point guard Ciera Ellington nursing a hamstring injury. She may play next week.

In the tournament's other game, Sheldon beat Camas., Wash., 61-43 to finish third, Tigard beat Grant 47-36, and South Medford beat Forest Grove 59-47.

Sheldon is among teams set to play in a tournament at Tualatin beginning Wednesday. The Nike Shootout is set to begin Wednesday as well in Lake Oswego.