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Kenwood Lady Knights hold off Northeast Lady Eagles for 54-50 District 10-AAA win


Kenwood High SchoolClarksville, 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.

Kenwood holds off Northeast 57-50. (Clarksville Sports Network)

Kenwood holds off Northeast 57-50. (Clarksville Sports Network)

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 two teams would split the next eight points before Kenwood took the lead for good with a 7-0 run, over a span of 1:12, to go up five points, 24-19, before settling for a two-point advantage at intermission, 24-22.

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.

Box Score

Kenwood 54, Northeast 50

1 2 3 4 Final
Northeast Lady Eagles 12 10 8 20 50
Kenwood Lady Knights 10 14 10 20 54


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).
Records: Northeast 5-11, 1-5 District 10-AAA; Kenwood 7-9, 4-2 District 10-AAA.

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