Northwestern coach Haley Hewitt called it an enjoyable season.
“They’re definitely a lot of fun to coach,” she said. “They’re really hard workers. We practice with our eighth-grade group and it’s a competitive practice every single day.
“The girls play on weekends, they’re in the gym after practice for extra shooting. They’re definitely hard workers and they love the game. It obviously pays off on the court.”
Stephanie Burns led Kokomo Blue with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Northwestern’s sixth-grade team beat Kokomo 45-6 to cap a 13-0 season. The Tigers led 8-2 after the first quarter, 23-2 at halftime and 37-4 after the third quarter. The Tigers’ defense forced the Wildkats into 27 turnovers.
Kailey Kidwell led the Tigers with 14 points. Kendall Bostic had eight points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Klair Merrell and Jessica Edwards had six points apiece and Madison Layden had a nice all-around line of five points, seven assists, six steals and three blocked shots. Layden is Northwestern varsity coach Kathie Layden’s oldest daughter.
“This team plays really, really well together,” Tigers coach Kevin Bostic said. “We have a bunch of great girls. They play team basketball. ... The majority of our practice time, we work on fundamentals. We really don’t work on plays a whole lot because we want to develop a skill level at this stage.
“We have about 14 girls on the team and they’ve played with us for several years now. We can’t be more happy with them. The parents really support us.”
Kevin Bostic noted many of the girls play together over the summer.
“One of the things we’ve done recently is play up a grade. When we play in some tournaments, we’ll play at the seventh-grade level so that makes a little more competition.”