Muenster does not want to see Kerens again anytime soon. In a span of four days, Kerens has ended the season of the two Muenster basketball programs.
The latest casualty was the Muenster Hornets who fell Tuesday to the Kerens Bobcats, 58-41 Tuesday in a Class A Division I regional quarterfinal game at Wylie East High School. It ended the career for four Muenster seniors.
“It was a lot tougher good-bye than what I thought it would be,” Muenster coach Courtney Christenson said about his seniors after the loss. “It’s very tough, I’m going to miss those guys.”
The Hornets could not keep up with the speed and quickness of the Bobcats for four quarters as Kerens pulled away in the second half.
Muenster jumped out to an early 3-0 lead to start the game, but Kerens ended the quarter on a 15-3 run to take control of the ballgame.
“They [Kerens] hit a couple of shots, they are very quick and they did a good job penetrating,” Christenson said. “You’ve got to hand it to them, they are pretty good.”
Trailing 15-6 at the end of the first quarter the Hornets battled their way back in the second. Landon Presnall sparked the run with five straight points off the bench as Muenster went on 14-6 run to get within one point, 21-20. Kerens ended the first half on a 6-3 run of their own to take a 27-23 lead into the locker room.
Muenster could not carry over the momentum from the second quarter into the third period. Kerens dominated the quarter, outscoring Muenster 18-6 in the frame to take back control of the game.
“A team like that [Kerens] feeds off of emotion and when they get something going up and down the court it rattles the other guys,” Christenson said. “They ran with the emotion and we didn’t hit shots or do some of things defensively that we had been doing all year long.”
Kerens took a 45-29 lead into the final period and never missed a beat the rest of the way. The Bobcats maintained their lead to advance to the Class A Division I regional tournament this weekend in Abilene.
Andy Flusche led all scorers with 19. Presnall, Blake Grewing and Cole Walterscheid all finished with five. Tyler Anderle scored four and Austin Hennigan added three.
Kerens had three players reach double figures. Paul Williams led the way with 16. Tobyus Thomas finished with 14 and Talon Modester scored 15.