Never mind the 13 records. All Times-News 2010 girls basketball player of the year Teenie Kent wanted for her senior season was to lead Richfield to a third state girls basketball championship in her four years.

She set a baker's dozen benchmarks along the way: four school season records, three school career marks, five Class 1A Division II state tournament records and a school single-game best of 41 points.

Through it all, the (generously-listed) 5-foot-4 sniper was single-minded in her ambition.

"I didn't go out to set records,” she said. “I just wanted to win."

Winning was something Richfield did easily in the 2008-09 season, when the Tigers were hardly threatened on their way to an undefeated championship season. This season Richfield truly had to earn it, and everyone in the state knew Kent was the one they had to stop.

"I had to work really hard to get the ball," Kent said of facing defenses keyed on denying her as much as possible. "I had to run through screens and even play the point a little bit."

While other players stepped up to fill the voids left by Michelle Kent, Teenie's older sister, and Lea Piper, there was no mistaking who was in charge and responsible for the Tigers' fortunes.

They lost four times this season, twice each to Carey and Dietrich, but Kent said the wake-up calls made the team better in the long run.

"We were so used to qualifying for state and doing well," she said. "We kind of took it for granted."

Never again. The Northside Conference player of the year and state player of the year contender made sure of that.

"She's the best player I have ever coached," said Richfield coach Steve Kent, Teenie's father. "She's the most skilled, most determined and best clutch player in my 19 years as a varsity boys and girls coach."

Kent wasn't satisfied even in the moments after winning the championship over Carey.

"I just couldn't believe it was over," she said. "I think actually winning it takes longer to sink in than it does to realize it's all over."

It's anything but over for Kent, however, as she plans to play college basketball. She's not sure where just yet.

"I'd love to play with Michelle again (at Oklahoma Panhandle State)," she said. "But I want to go to a place that's the right fit."

Memo to anyone with the "small but deadly" offensive mantra: the line forms here.

Teenie Kent's resume

3 state championships

4 state trophies

13-1 state tournament record

95-9 overall record

The Kent record book



Points scored: 41


Scoring average: 21.1

Points scored: 527

Efficiency rating: 20.3

3-point FG made: 86


Points scored: 1,408

3-point FG made: 211

Wins: 95

Class 1A Division II state tournament


Scoring average: 24.3

Points: 73

Field goals made: 23


Free throws made: 11

Points: 32

Times-News Girls Basketball MVP rundown

Player of the year: Teenie Kent, Richfield.

Coach of the year: Mendy Benson, Wood River.

First team: Aubree Callen, Jerome; Jazlyn Nielsen, Twin Falls; Alex Pfefferle, Kimberly; Brittany Wirth, Gooding; Kaitana Martinez, Wood River.

Second team: Jessica Parke, Carey; Sydney Webb, Declo; Tinley Garey, Jerome; Carrie Thibault, Jerome; Erin Grubbs-Imhoff, Twin Falls.

Third team: Nakia Norman, Dietrich; Nellie Makings, Kimberly; Brecka Fetzer, Minico; Teresa Wayment, Burley; Whitney Holtman, Raft River.

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