Central force: Kame does it all to lift Warriors past rival Tigers
During her four-year career at Central High School, Amy Kame has done some amazing things on the basketball court for the girls basketball team.
Tuesday night against Grand Junction, Kame dazzled once again, scoring a season-high 34 points in Central’s 59-44 victory.
“There was one stretch where I had 5-foot-5 guards playing post,” Central coach Todd Dixon said. “Amy just threw the team on her back and played outstanding.”
It was foul trouble to post players Haleigh Higgins and Maddi Vana that forced the Warriors (1-3, 2-0 Southwestern League) to play a smaller lineup. During those times, Kame handled the ball as the point guard, then grabbed rebounds like a center.
“We had to stop Amy Kame, and we didn’t stop Amy Kame,” Grand Junction coach Sam Provenza said. “We did some different things on her, and there were some stretches where we did a good job, but we let her get away.”
The sequence that best showcased what type of night it was for Kame was as time expired in the third quarter. Grand Junction (8-7, 1-3 SWL) had cut a 15-point Central lead to 40-35 with seven seconds left. With the clock running down, Kame saw Tigers defender Kricket Adelman advancing toward her, looking to contest Kame’s long 3-point attempt. Kame heaved the shot and forced contact with Adelman to draw the foul. Kame’s shot missed, but she made all three free throws to stretch the Warriors’ lead to 43-35.
“I really was trying to draw the foul,” Kame said. “I wasn’t sure if she was watching me or the clock, so I tried to attack her and got the foul out of it.”
Provenza said the three-point play hurt all the momentum the Tigers had built up during their push to cut the lead.
“We had cut the lead to five and that was a momentum builder,” Provenza said. “It goes to eight and that’s a momentum killer.”
In the fourth quarter, Higgins and Vana both reentered the game, and Central closed the game out. Kame began the quarter with four straight points, then found Stacey Kinnett who nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to push the Warriors’ lead to 53-37.
Although Central pulled away in the fourth quarter, Dixon said it was the free throws at the end of the third quarter that made the difference.
“I thought that if they got close in this environment, it would fire them up,” Dixon said. “But that play by Amy was a dagger. That was her saying I’m still on the floor and you have to beat me.”
Kame’s 34 points were propelled by a hot start. She scored six in the first quarter, then scored 12 of the Warriors’ 16 points in the second quarter. She also added 11 rebounds and five assists.
“They put a couple of smaller girls on me so I knew I could use my size to take them inside,” Kame said. “This is the last time we are going to play at Junction so we were happy to get a win.”
For the Tigers, it was the second straight loss where they trailed by double digits before making a push to get back into it. Grand Junction’s third-quarter push was led by Fawn Brady who scored eight of her team-high 15 points in the third.
“We battled so hard right to the end,” said Provenza, whose team lost its third straight. “We had a game plan and they followed it.”