Kenya Stines got his first varsity coaching win on Friday night.
But if he had any say in the matter, he would have preferred counting his team's turnovers and missed rebounds as an assistant coach.
Stines was named the head coach at Lighthouse on Monday, just six days after his friend and Lions coach, Marvin Rea, was killed in an auto wreck on I-65. Lighthouse athletic director Quincy Taylor coached Lighthouse in last Friday's 76-58 win at Marquette Catholic.
But running the school's athletic department had too many responsibilities for Taylor to remain head coach. So Stines was promoted to the big chair, while Taylor will stay on as an assistant and Rea's stepson, Nick Moore, will also remain on the bench.
Lighthouse beat Chicago Prologue 66-54 on Friday in Gary. Devonaire Glass, a 6-foot-7 senior guard, scored 13 points with 11 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Senior guard Antoine Clark had 11 points, four rebounds and three steals. Freshman Treyvon Byrd had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
And Audrell Kendrick had seven points, 15 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
"I was a little nervous being my first game," Stines said. "But I've been under some great coaches so I was ready."
Stines coached with Renaldo Thomas from 2005 through 2011 at Lew Wallace, taking the Hornets to the 2010 Class 3A state championship game. He then went to Bowman Academy under Rea from 2011 through 2015, getting to the 2A state final in 2012, winning the 2A crown in 2013 and making it to the 3A state final in 2014.
After Rea was dismissed from Bowman, Stines went to Lighthouse and coached under Taylor, then Rea followed him to Lion land, too.
GARY — Days after Lighthouse boys basketball coach Marvin Rea died in a tragic car wreck, hu…
"The kids did better than the coaches at the funeral," Stines said of Rea's services Dec. 9 at the Genesis Center. "I think the kids wanted to hold up for us, the coaches. It was tragic. They handled their emotions differently than me."
Lighthouse will play next at Lawrence Central on Dec. 22 and Warren Central on Dec. 23, in Marion.
"The boys are motivated," Stines said. "They're doing it for Marvin. But I keep telling them to do it the way Marvin did it. Marvin did great things on the floor and off of it, too.
"That's our goal for the rest of the season. On and off the court."
Best drama on Friday night?
Two games went down to the wire on Friday night in boys basketball: Chesterton's 43-42 win over Highland in Porter County and Munster's 46-45 win at Crown Point.
Which one do you think had the most drama?
At Chesterton, Highland's Nick Thompson took a shot just before the buzzer in the paint that bounced around the rim before finally rolling out. It was a great effort by Highland, a team on the rise.
Chesterton's Jake Wadding got the game-winner with 9.4 second left as the sophomore hit a shot in the paint for the win. He scored 12 points, four in the final 87 seconds, in this back-and-forth game.
Two things can be learned from this great game. First, Chesterton is the Region's No. 1 team. But these Trojans are not like some other Times No. 1 teams over the past five years. Marc Urban's team must play an A game in order to win. Just showing up isn't enough for this group.
And two, Highland has lived up to the preseason hype. Coach Jordan Heckard's team would've got pounded on this stage a couple of years ago. But not anymore.