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Clarksville, TN – Kenwood High School girls basketball looked like it had everything under control with 2:30 minutes left and up by nine, January 14th in its District 10-AAA contest versus Northeast High School, but they had to hold off the Lady Eagles at the end for a 54-50 victory.
The Lady Knights (7-9, 4-2 District 10-AAA) led 46-37, with 2:23 left in the game, following one of two free throws by Malia Umrani.
But Northeast (5-11, 1-5 District 10-AAA) hit four straight free throws — in a span of just two seconds off the clock – to make it a five-point game, 46-41, with 2:03 left.Analiese Osborne would answer with a bucket to make it a seven-point game, 48-41, with 1:37 remaining, but Northeast’s Ashanti Henry drained a three, nine seconds later, to cut the Lady Knights lead to four.
Henry led Northeast with 13 points.
Two free throws by Samone James followed by a basket by Osborne put Kenwood back up eight points, 52-44, with 1:02 left.
Osborne led Kenwood with 16 points.
The two teams would trade a pair of free throws — to begin the final 60 seconds — before Northeast closed out the contest with back-to-back baskets, as time ran out on the Lady Eagles with Kenwood coming away with the four-point win.
In the first half, Kenwood jumped out to an early 5-2 lead, in the game’s first 1:10 – including three coming from Mikaela Smith.
The Lady Knights would extend its lead out to five points, 10-5, with 1:49 left in the opening quarter, but that would be the final points Kenwood would score in the opening period.
The Lady Eagles would close out the first quarter on a 7-0 run – including a three-point field goal from Henry, with 26 seconds left – to give Northeast a 12-10 advantage after the first eight minutes of play.
The second quarter would see the Lady Knights take the lead on an old-fashioned three-point play by Smith, at the 5:56 mark, with Northeast answered right back with a three from Henry to retake the lead, 19-17.
The third quarter would see Northeast cut into the Lady Knights lead, getting it down to just one point, 29-28, following a bucket Nataszja Freeman – with 4:22 left.
But Northeast would never get over that final hump, as Kenwood took a 34-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
Kenwood 54, Northeast 50
Northeast: Essence Brown 2, Michelle Donner 6, Nataszja Freeman 8, Erecha Partis 8, Sepe Moore 11, Ashanti Henry 13, Sh’Niya Horn 2. Team totals 17 11-16 50.
Kenwood: Jasmine Johnson 4, Alonja Thomas 10, Samone James 7, Analiese Osborne 16, Malia Umrani 8, Mikaela Smith 9. Team totals 18 16-24 54.
3-point field goals: Northeast 5 (Donner 2, Henry 3), Kenwood 2 (Johnson 1, Osborne 1).
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.
Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS.
Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA.
Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.
TopicsAlonja Thomas, Analiese Osborne, Ashanti Henry, Clarksville TN, District 10-AAA, Erecha Partis, Essence Brown, Jan. 14th, Jasmine Johnson, Kenwood, Kenwood High School, KHS, Lady Eagles, Lady Knights, Malia Umrani, Michelle Donner, Mikaela Smith, Nataszia Freeman, Nataszja Freeman, NEHS, Northeast, Northeast High School, Samone James, Sepe Moore, Sh’Niya Horn
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