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District 10-AAA Boys Basketball
Clarksville High didn’t necessarily do the unthinkable, but the Wildcats certainly did the unexpected in their 69-60 upset District 10-AAA victory over No. 4 Northeast in Clarksville High School’s William Workman Gym Friday night.
Clarksville High (13-8, 8-3 10-AAA) were led by the trio of Daijon Williams and Anthony Hightower, who led the team with 18 points, and Drake Young and his 13 points.Kentucky signee Alex Poythress was hounded by a double-teaming 2-3 zone but still managed to score 32 points and Anthony Longstreet chipped in 14 points.
No. 4 Northeast fell to 20-2 overall and suffered its first District 10-AAA loss and is now 10-1 in the league.
The Wildcats’ defense impeded and bogged down Northeast’s offense most of the night and they did their best but bracketing Poythress every time he stepped in the post.
Clarksville High helped its on cause by making big shot after big shot and answered every run the Eagles tried to make.
Northeast led just once, 5-3 on Michael Pardue’s lay up with 6:16 left in the first quarter and the closest the Eagles would be to their archrivals was when Poythress hit two free throws with 2:05 left in the period.
The Wildcats ended the first on Williams’ jumper that made it 18-9 with 5.6 seconds left.
The game remained with Clarksville High leading between eight and 10 points in the second quarter. Northeast went into halftime trailing 27-19.
Back-to-back scores by Hightower, the latter a 3-pointer, put the Wildcats ahead 34-22 with 5:28 left in the third.’
Northeast got it back down to 40-32 on Longstreet’s 3 with 1:46 to go in the third and 43-34with two free throws with 46.1 seconds left.
But Young made it 45-34 with his lay up at the buzzer and he gave the Wildcats their biggest lead of the game 50-34 with two-free throws with 7:22 left in the game.
Northeast never got CHS’ lead down below eight points the rest of the fourth quarter and Poythress was responsible for all five occasions, the last his two free throws that cut the Wildcats lead to 68-60 with 17.3 seconds left in the game.
Clarksville High 69, No. 4 Northeast 60
No. 4 Northeast 60
Clarksville High 69
James D. Horne began his writing career at the Carrollton Missouri Democrat in 1995, and was the assistant sports editor/writer for the Hammond Louisiana Daily Star for two years. In 1998, Horne became the Missouri Basketball beat writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune. He joined The Leaf-Chronicle in Oct. 2003 as the lead prep writer and became the Austin Peay beat writer in March of 2005. During his career he won a state association sports writing award at the Daily Star and two while at the Leaf-Chronicle.
Originally from Tampa, Florida, Horne earned his B.A in communications from Central Methodist University in Fayette Missouri.
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