The main problem for the Kennett High School girls' basketball team this season has been anterior cruciate ligament injuries of the knee.
Starting sophomore guard Breanna Whiteside, who is one of the top players in the Southern Chester County League, hasn't been able to suit up at all yet this season due to an ACL injury she suffered in the spring. Whiteside is expected back in early January. Kennett senior co-captain Abby Leto, a guard, just recently suffered an ACL injury and is lost for the season.
Aside from those two main injuries, one of the other key things holding Kennett back so far this season has been its inability to put the ball in the basket. In their five losses coming into its Christmas Tournament, the Lady Blue Demons were averaging just 28 points a game.
That lack of offensive production hurt Kennett again last Thursday evening as they fell to visiting Marple Newtown by a score of 45-32 in the championship game of the Kennett Rotary Holiday Tournament.
"We came out in the third quarter and I thought we had a ton of good looks. We just missed shots," said Kennett head coach Vince Cattano. "Defensively we were alright. Offensively we just didn't score the basketball. That's been the theme all year."
Kennett (4-6, 2-2 SCCL) was held to just eight points in the second quarter and fell into a 22-13 halftime hole. The Lady Blue Demons put just six points on the board in the third quarter and trailed 34-19 after the period.
Marple Newtown senior guard Lauren Mazzola netted a game-high 19 points in the win, including three 3-pointers, and was later named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Kennett was led by sophomore guard Verena Woloson (11 points), junior guard Kaitlin Myers (7) and junior forward Lauren Commodari (7).
Woloson and senior guard Joelle McClain were each named to the all-tournament team for Kennett.
Woloson (16 points) and McClain (10) led the Lady Demons to a 42-26 win over Delco Christian the night before in the opening round of the tournament, which also counted as a win for Kennett in the SCCL standings.
At 2-2 in the league, Kennett remains right in the race for the SCCL's American Division title. Unionville leads the division with a perfect 3-0 mark in the league.
"All things considered we're hanging in there," said Cattano. "We have some big games coming up. We just have to hang on and keep trying to make progress. We need Whiteside back, though. That will make a tremendous difference."