Lady Patriots Defeat West Charlotte 74-41 At Home

Kamryn Kitchen scoring on a layup for Indy. (All photos by Ron Morris)
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MINT HILL, NC – The Independence Lady Patriot basketball team continues to show a great deal of promise during what was expected to be a rebuilding season. However, it is clear the starting five are athletic and talented. Especially their backcourt combo of Kaylee Carson and Kamryn Kitchen. Sophomore, Chloe Moss is also making her mark on this season with solid consist play. Junior Lily Todd and Tamia Burgess also are making a significant contribution. Then adding good players off the bench including Kalia Ingram, Olivia Clark, and Makinley Sellers combined have given the Patriots important depth during the early going.

Chloe Moss with a 2-point jump shot.

The Patriots dominated this basketball game from the start. The home team took a 22-12 lead after the first period with balanced scoring. Carson 8, Kitchen 7, Moss 4, and Burgess with 3 points.

In the second period, Independence continued to apply both offensive and defensive pressure causing turnovers that led to multiple fast break baskets. Carson took command scoring 13 points in the period, while being fed with efficient passing from Kitchen who tallied 6 assists during the half. Clark and Kitchen each added 3-pointers, and a jump shot by Todd completed the scoring giving the Lady Patriots a comfortable 41-22 advantage by the halftime intermission.

Kaylee Carson scores on a drive to the hoop.

During the third period, Indy took complete control of the basketball game by extending their lead to 30 points. In doing so, Kitchen dominated the period scoring 10 points including two more 3-point shots. Clark added a 3-pointer, Carson 2 more jump shots, Burgess and Moss each landing their own multiple jumpers. By the end of the period the Pats had a huge 63-33 lead.

In the final period, with the bench empty and the coaching staff rotating players in and out of the game, Todd, Carson, and Moss controlled the tempo of the game, while Kitchen continued to feed her teammates with scoring opportunities on her way to accumulating 11 assists in the contest and her first double-double of her young high school career.

Carson led all scorers with 27 points, Kitchen 20, Moss 10, Burgess 8, Todd 6, Clark 3 points in the teams homecourt victory. The Lady Patriots are now undefeated at 3-0 on the season, they will play their next home game on Tuesday, December 4, at 6:00 pm when they take on Hopewell.

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