Valley vs Kennedy LIVE High School Boys Basketball Friday 3/8/2024

Valley vs Kennedy LIVE High School Boys Basketball Friday 3/8/2024

Cedar Rapids, IA – In a battle between resilience and an unstoppable force, the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars (29-0) remained undefeated, defeating the West Des Moines Valley Tigers (16-6) 72-58 in the Class 4A state championship on Friday, March 8th. The win secures Kennedy’s first title in 40 years, etching their names in school history.

What it is: Varsity Boys Basketball
Matchup: Valley Tigers vs Kennedy Cougars
Game Type: Neutral playoff game
Bracket: 2024 IAHSAA Iowa Boys Basketball State Championships (Iowa) – Class 4A
Time: Friday, Mar 8, 2024, In-progress
Locations: Kennedy High School – Cedar Rapids, IA
Home Team: Kennedy Cougars 29-0
Away Team: Valley Tigers 16-6
Live Stream: Watch here

The Tigers, seeking back-to-back championships, entered the game as underdogs. They fought valiantly, but the Cougars’ relentless defense and balanced scoring proved too much to overcome.

Kennedy’s senior forward, Micah Schlaak, set the tone early, dominating the paint with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Cougars’ backcourt duo of point guard AJ Green and shooting guard Prestige Taylor kept the pressure on with their sharp shooting and suffocating defense.

Despite the deficit, the Tigers showcased their trademark grit. Senior guard Ben Larson kept them in the game with a flurry of three-pointers in the third quarter. However, the Cougars countered with a surge of their own, led by clutch free throws from Green down the stretch.

Valley Coach B.J. Windhorst praised his team’s effort. “We knew it would be a tough battle,” he said. “We’re proud of our guys for never giving up. Kennedy played a phenomenal game, and we wish them the best.”

Kennedy Coach Matt Bouska, overcome with emotion, spoke of the team’s dedication. “This group has worked tirelessly all season,” he said. “They came together as a family, and tonight, they achieved something truly special.”

The victory marks a new chapter for Kennedy basketball. Their dominant performance throughout the season culminates in a championship trophy, a testament to years of hard work and unwavering determination. While the Tigers’ title defense fell short, their journey to the championship game is a story of perseverance and a glimpse of a bright future for the program.

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