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Kenwood High Knights start fast in 59-43 win over Northeast High Eagles

Kenwood High SchoolClarksville, TN – Kenwood High School boys basketball team exploded out to a 10-point lead right out of the gate, January 14th, in their District 10-AAA matchup versus the Northeast High Eagles and never looked back, as the Knights came away with a 59-43 victory.

The Knights’ (15-3, 6-0 District 10-AAA) NCAA Division I signee Daniel Norl scored the first five points in the opening run, with Legree Hairston adding a three-point bucket and Jimario Rivers a basket to finish the opening salvo.

Kenwood Boys Basketball defeats Northeast. (Clarksville Sports Network)
Kenwood Boys Basketball defeats Northeast. (Clarksville Sports Network)

Norl would lead Kenwood with 14 points, while Hairston added 13 points and Rivers 10 points.

Northeast’s D’Andre Cross got the Eagles (8-10, 3-3 District 10-AAA) on the board with an old-fashioned three-point play, with 3:19 left in the open quarter.

Cross would be the only Eagle to break into double figures, finishing with 12 points.

Kenwood led by as many as 12 points, 16-4, in the opening eight minutes of play, but a three by Cross at the buzzer cut the Knights lead to nine points.

The second quarter would see Kenwood score the first four points, to build its biggest lead of the night at 13 points, 20-7, but the Eagles would try to hang around with 3s from Cross and D.J. Wright to keep the game in single digits, 22-13, with 3:56 left in the first half.

But Kenwood slowly added to its lead the rest of the opening half, leading by 14 points at intermission, 33-19.

In would be in the third quarter where the Knights would put the game away, as they outscored the Eagles 18-7 in the period – including the final 11 points over the last 2:52 of the quarter to take a 51-26 lead into the final eight minutes of play.

The final quarter would see both teams play pretty even for the first four minutes of the period, with Kenwood holding its biggest lead of the night, 59-31 with 3:42 left in the game following a three-point field goal by the Knights’ Angel Hall.

{320left]But to the credit of the Northeast Eagles they didn’t quit, in fact they went on their best run of the night by scoring the final 12 points of the game over the last 3:27 – including five from Darryl Washington and four from Caleb Rozar – to make the final margin 16 points, 59-43.

Both teams return to district play on January 17th, as Kenwood travels to west Tennessee to play Henry County High school, while Northeast will make another cross-town trip to play at Clarksville High School.

Box Score

Kenwood 59, Northeast 43

1 2 3 4 Final
Northeast Eagles 7 12 7 17 43
Kenwood Knights 16 17 18 8 59


Northeast: D.J. Wright 7, Dre Felton 6, Jontae’ Brown 3, D’Andre Cross 12, Antonio Roger 2, Caleb Rozar 6, Jaylon Tharpe 2, Darryl Washington 5. Team totals 16 5-9 43.

Kenwood: Angel Hall 7, Matthew Norl 6, Jimario Rivers 10, Daniel Norl 14, Legree Hairston 13, Keith Dowlen 9. Team totals 22 10-12 59.

3-point field goals: Northeast 6 (Wright 1, Felton 2, Cross 2, Washington 1), Kenwood 5 (Hall 1, D. Norl 1, Hairston 2, Dowlen 1).
Records: Northeast 8-10, 3-3 District 10-AAA; Kenwood 15-3, 6-0 District 10-AAA.

Chris Austin
Chris Austinhttp://www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com
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.

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