Clarksville, TN – Kenwood High School rallied from three-points down in the final 5:29, Friday, November 21st, versus Cheatham County High School to hand the Cubs their first loss of the season, 54-47.
Down 42-39 following one-of-two free throws from Cheatham County’s Dallas Mantlo — with 5:29 left in the game — Kenwood (3-2) would hold the Cubs scoreless over the next 4:57, while scoring 10 straight points to take a 49-42 lead with 41.2 seconds left.
Leading the way during the run was Matthew Norl, who scored four points over that stretch and finished with a game-high 17 points.
Cheatham County also contributed to their scoring drought by missing six straight free throws over that stretch, while finishing the game hitting only four of their 12 attempts at the charity stripe.
The Cubs (4-1) would get as close as three points, 50-47, with 17.6 seconds left, but Kenwood closed out the game by seeing Keith Dowlen and Tyree Boykin knock down a pair of free throws each over the final 15.2 seconds to seal away the victory, 54-47.
In the first half, the two teams went back-and-fourth early-on with Cheatham County holding an 8-6 lead following a three by Caleb Johnson midway through the opening quarter.
But that would be the last field goal of the opening quarter by the Cubs, with Kenwood closing out the period by scoring the final six points to hold a 12-8 advantage after the first eight minutes of play.
The game would remain a two-or-three points contest through the first 3:30 of the second quarter, with Kenwood holding a 17-15 advantage.
But an 8-0 run by the Knights – starting with a basket from De’Andre Radcliffe and finishing with a bucket by Andre Clifton gave Kenwood their first double-figure lead of the game, 25-15, with 1:53 left before heading into halftime up 11 points, 31-20.
The second half would see the Cubs score the first seven points to get back to within four points of the Knights, 31-27, with 4:42 left in the quarter.
It would still be a four-point game with 3:30 minutes left in the period, but Cheatham County closed out the third quarter by outscoring the Knights 7-2 to take a 39-38 lead into the final quarter.
Kenwood is now off until after the Thanksgiving holiday, with its next game coming on December 2nd as they open District 10-AAA play at Henry County High School.
Kenwood 54, Cheatham County 47
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Cheatham County: Austin Douglas 5, Caleb Johnson 9, Dallas Mantlo 9, Gage Lipscomb 2, Nate Goode 13, Nate Saunders 3, Trevor Gaines 6. Team totals 18 4-12 47.
Kenwood: Kyrus Newman 6, Tre’Shawn Foster 6, Angel Hall 1, De’Andre Radcliffe 2, Matthew Norl 17, Tyree Bokin 5, Shawrik Martin 2, Keith Dowlen 9, Andre Clifton 4, Tariq James 2. Team totals 21 10-20 54.
3-point field goals: Cheatham County 7 (Johnson 3, Goode 3, Saunders 1), Kenwood 2 (Foster 2).
Records: Cheatham County 4-1, Kenwood 3-2.