The Kentucky School for the Deaf boys turned up the heat on defense in a 49-25 victory Thursday over Michigan School for the Deaf on the opening night of the Kentucky Classic at Thomas Hall.
The Colonels pulled away to a 24-10 halftime lead, then outscored the Tartars 14-5 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
KSD had 20 steals, led by Joseph Banks with five and Michael Miller with four.
KSD coach Mike Yance said he was pleased with their performance on defense, though he said they could have done more on offense.
"I thought we played very aggressive defense,” We really need to work on our shot selection and play smarter when we have the ball."
Aaron Smith led KSD (6-6) with 19 points, followed by Andrew Floyd with 13. Bradley Chappell had nine rebounds and five steals, and Floyd and Dillon Maynard had seven rebounds each.
Michigan School f/t Deaf 32, KSD 30
KSD (1-9) tried to rally from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter but came up just short in their Kentucky Classic opener.
The Colonels shot just 21 percent from the field, which coach Scott Johnson said was near their season average but lower than they should have been.
“We make some more close shots — and we had quite a few layups and 4- or 5-footers in the first quarter alone that we just didn’t connect on — if we make half of those, we win the game by probably four or six points,” Johnson said.
KSD had 14 steals but also committed 30 turnovers, the last on the Colonels’ final possession when they attempted to drive the length of the court for a tying or winning basket after cutting MSD’s 28-18 to two points.
Shanice White had 15 points and five steals and Charlotte Judge had 13 points and six steals for the Colonels. Jade Bell had 10 rebounds and five blocked shots, and Bianca Dupree had seven rebounds.
KSD led 5-4 after one quarter, but Johnson said the tide began to turn in the second period when MSD went in front.
“We had energy in the first quarter, even though it was a low-scoring game, but we let the energy kind of disappear in the second quarter,” Johnson said.
BOYSMichigan School f/t Deaf 6 10 15 25
Kentucky School f/t Deaf 11 24 38 49
MSD — Mohammad 2, Fisette 4, Garita 1, Harris 6, Locke 12.
KSD (6-6) — Aaron Smith 19, Bradley Chappell 8, Andrew Floyd 13, Michael Miller 4, Dillon Maynard 5.
GIRLSMichigan School f/t Deaf 4 14 26 32
Kentucky School f/t Deaf 5 12 18 30
MSD — Jennifer Wickman 11, Danielle Smith 11, Lynnette Dawson 7, Jessica Richards 3.
KSD (1-9) — Shanice White 15, Charlotte Judge 13, Jade Bell 2.