McKendry Kennedy

February 07, 2018 11:59 PM

(ABC 6 News)- Despite holding a 6-12 overall record, The Southland Rebels girls basketball team had a meaningful win on Tuesday and one that meant a lot to their senior captain and guard, McKendry Kennedy; the pulse of the Rebels basketball team.

“She kind of lightens the mood in the room, she’s a good spirit,” McKendry’s teammate Jenna Bentzin said.


“She’s been a great teammate, great leader, and two-year captain,” Rebels Head Coach Dean Bendsten said.  “This year will be her second year on All-Conference.  She’s led by example the whole time, you love a kid like that, (and) you want the other kids to learn from that.”

McKendry knows there is no “I” in team, because it’s her team that allows her to succeed.

“I think my teammates allow me to be successful,” Kennedy said.  “I think they’re really good, actually we’re all really good at just having fun and when we’re relaxed, we play together and that allows everyone to be successful, not just myself.”

Kennedy has been a standout this season for the Rebels, she is the team’s leading scorer, totaling 322 points on the season, averaging 17.9 points per game.  Last week against Wabasha-Kellogg, she reached 1,000 career points.

“Well that game we didn’t celebrate it, I didn’t even know how many points I had that game and then the following home game we celebrated it in front of the home crowd,” Kennedy said.  “That was awesome.”

Kennedy is the eighth player in school history to hit 1,000 career points, but scoring isn’t at the top of her to-do list, its winning.

“She’s been a coach’s best friend,” Bendsten said.

Kennedy does not plan to play basketball in college, but will continue her education at Minnesota State University in Mankato.

Kennedy and the Rebels return to the hardwood on Thursday at Lyle-Pacelli at 7:15p.m.


Diana Cannizzaro

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