By JEFF KERR
LOWER POTTSGROVE - Lindsey Kent wasn't sure what her career-high for points was in a high school basketball game.
She went with 12, but easily shattered that mark in the first half Friday night.
Kent hit eight field goals for 16 points in the half as Downingtown East rolled to a 71-29 victory over Pottsgrove in a nonleague tilt which the Cougars never trailed.
Kent will remember her new career-high as she finished with 19 points in leading East (12-3) to its fourth straight win.
"I never thought I would score that many points, but I'm happy I did,' Kent said. "It's not all just me, but all my teammates. Even though you see all the points on the board, there are a lot of assists going with it. We work together as a team.'
Kent was effective early and often in a first half which the Cougars netted 42 points. She needed to be on top of her game against Alliya Austin, the Falcons' dominant center.
"(Alliya) was their top scorer and it was going to be really hard to defend her,' Kent said. "My teammates helped out and got the fouls that I should have got. We all tried our best to get her into foul trouble and push the pace once we got the ball.'
How effective was that strategy? Kent did not commit a single foul on the night and it allowed her to focus on her offensive game.
The 5-11 sophomore used her presence in the post to get to the line and keep Austin on the bench. Once that fell into play, all Kent needed was someone to feed her the ball in the post.
Enter Paige Warfel and Kaelyn Johns.
Both guards used their speed to rush up the court and find Kent in the paint for an easy bucket. In the half-court offense, they still found Kent in the post, making shot after shot.
"Paige and Kaelyn did a great job of moving the ball,' East coach Bob Schnure said. "It's something we have been working on and those two did a nice job with it tonight.'
When Warfel wasn't dishing assists to Kent, she was using the fast break to get some easy jumpers herself.
Warfel had hit five field goals for 11 points in the first half; seven of those came in the opening quarter. She finished with 16 points.
"We just wanted to get an early lead on them,' Warfel said. "We had a lot of momentum going into this game and just needed to stay focused.'
Warfel and Kent combined for 27 points in the first half; 64 percent of the Cougars offensive output.
The Cougars had 10 different players score in the game. Laura Oschner finished with eight points and Kennedi Van Eyken had six.
Austin scored 19 points for the Falcons.
Schnure was able to play most of his bench throughout the game, giving his starting five a much needed rest after two huge wins over Ches-Mont foes West Chester East and Coatesville.
Downingtown East is in the midst of a stretch where the Cougars play eight games in a span of 15 days.
They are 5-1 in that stretch. So far, so good for Schnure's squad.
"I told the kids it was a good team win,'Schnure said. "We're on a nice roll right now, but I've been doing this for a while and every day is an adventure.'
Downingtown East 71, Pottsgrove 29
DOWNINGTOWN EAST: Kent 8 3-7 19, Warfel 7 2-3 16, Oschner 4 0-0 8, Van Eyken 2 2-2 6, Riley 3 0-0 6, Johns 2 0-0 4, Mujica 2 0-0 4, Crum 2 0-0 4, Aungst 1 0-0 2, de Zutter 1 0-0 2, Person 0 0-0 0. Totals: 32 7-12 71.
POTTSGROVE: Austin 8 3-5 19, Ka. Conrad 2 3-4 7, Randleman 1 0-0 2, Barefield 0 1-4 1, Coddington 0 0-0 0, Tartaglia 0 0-0 0, Ky. Conrad 0 0-1 0, Galvin 0 0-0 0, McCalvin 0 0-0 0, Dickinson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 7-9 29.
Downingtown East 15 27 12 17—71
Pottsgrove 5 12 8 4—29
3-point goals: None.