While the high school basketball playoffs have been drawing a lot of attention in the area lately, the Lady Indians of Kenwood were busy making their mark in the state as they captured the silver ball (2nd place) in the O.R.E.S. championship basketball tournament in Seminole. Oklahoma’s O.R.E.S., which stands for Organization of Rural Elementary Schools was once known as the Oklahoma Organization of Dependent Schools and lists over 110 active kindergarten through 8th grade schools in it’s membership. And considering the scope of the O.R.E.S. membership list, making it to the state’s championship game was no small feat.
After making it through their area tournament, the Kenwood girls defeated Greenville, out of Marietta and Dahlonegah out of Stilwell before meeting the Albion Lady Mustangs, which is located between Clayton and Talihina.
Kenny Littlefield coaches the Lady Indians and Kenny Guthrie is the assistant coach. Coach Littlefield is effusive when he talks about his 20-5 team, saying, “They are fantastic girls. They play hard and they are excellent ball handlers. Nobody could press us with much success.” When asked about the final game of the year, Littlefield went on to add, “We got beat 30-28. That’s a single basket. I can’t help but think what might have been if we just would have had a little more size. But I wouldn’t trade this group for anything. And I’ll say it again…they are fantastic girls!” In addition to anchoring their team’s successful charge to the championship final, Lady Indians Chelsea Proctor and Tristan Sanders were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Students from the Kenwood area are eligible to complete their secondary education at Jay, Kansas or Salina. And one can’t help think that coaches from those schools would welcome the opportunity to add them to their roster at the next level. Recent Kenwood graduates, Brooke Panther and Shannoah Smoke are currently playing a big part in the Kansas Lady Comet’s march to the State Tournament.