Written by Corbett Smith
Berkner guard doesn't miss shot for 3 quarters in 80-61 win over Richardson
Yancy-Harris scores 17; Edo has 18 as Berkner takes lead in 9-5A
RICHARDSON — In the first quarter, Richardson could hardly miss. Richardson Berkner guard Kendal Yancy-Harris bettered that.
Yancy-Harris didn’t miss a shot for the first three quarters — finishing with 17 points on 6-of-9 from the field and 3-of-3 from the free throw line — in Berkner’s 80-61 win.
“It was a big crowd,” said Yancy-Harris, a USC pledge. “I had to put on a show.”
Soma Edo added 18 points and nine rebounds for Berkner (20-5, 6-0), which took sole possession of first place in District 9-5A, one game shy of the midway point of district play.
“We knew it was going to be a game of punches,” Richardson coach Jason Petty said. “We knew they were going to throw some. We just had to throw more than they did.”
Eric Johnson and Brandon Scott made five of six 3-point attempts for Richardson (17-8, 5-1) in the first quarter, giving it a 21-18 lead.
But Berkner’s physical play and a sizable free throw disparity became Richardson’s undoing.
By halftime, Berkner had 15 more free throw attempts, 18 to three.
“Their guards are just so strong and physical,” Richardson coach Justin Reese said. “That really started to wear on us in the second quarter.”
Berkner took the lead for good two minutes into the second quarter. Back-to-back steals by Edo and Keenan Evans resulted in scores, Evans taking his steal the length of the court and converting a three-point play.
Edo, a Fresno State pledge, scored 14 points after halftime.
Richardson’s Scott led all scorers with 19, making four 3-pointers.
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