Clarksville, TN – A desperation three at the buzzer forced Kenwood High School’s girls basketball team into overtime, Friday, November 21st, where they never truly recovered in a 78-70 loss to Cheatham County High School.
Kenwood (2-3) led 63-60 following two free throws from Jasmine Johnson, with 12.6 seconds left in regulation, giving the Lady Cubs one final chance to tie the game.
Cheatham County (3-2) brought the ball up the court quickly to get into their offensive set and into the hands of their leading scorer Savannah Worlund.
After an initial miss on their first three-point attempt, the ball was batted around with Worlund coming up with the ball in front of the Cheatham County bench, with time running out.
Off balance — and with three Kenwood defenders surrounding her — Worlund heaved a shot at the basket, with the ball banking through the net as the buzzer sounded tying the game 63-63 and forcing an overtime period.
Worlund would lead all scorers with 31 points.
In the overtime period Kenwood never led, as the Lady Cubs went to the free throw line 22 times in the extra period – hitting 11 – in scoring 15 points, while the Lady Knights got two 3s from Analiese Osborne, but only attempted two free throws in OT – hitting one.
Osborne led Kenwood with 19 points.
In the first half, Kenwood got off to a quick start – leading 10-4 after the first 4:21 – but Cheatham County rattled off 10 straight points to close the opening period and holding a 14-10 advantage.
The second eight minutes of play would be dominated by the Lady Knights, as they outscored Cheatham County 26-6.
Johnson would get the quarter started with three-point field goal – the first of four hit by the Lady Knights in the period – as they scored 18 of the first 21 points in the period to take a 28-17 lead on their way to holding a 16-point advantage at intermission, 36-20.
Kenwood still held a 15-point lead midway through the third quarter, 44-29, but Cheatham County started to turn things around over the final four minutes of the quarter – outscoring the Lady Knights 10-2 to cut Kenwood’s lead down to seven points, 46-39, heading into the fourth quarter.
Cheatham County carried its momentum into the final quarter of regulation, cutting the Kenwood lead down to just two points, 48-36, with five minutes left.
The Lady Knights fired right back with five straight points of their own to retake the lead, 60-57, with 1:13 remaining and held a one-to-three-point advantage until Worlund’s three to force overtime.
Cheatham County 78, Kenwood 70 OT
|Cheatham County Lady Cubs||14||6||19||24||15||78|
|Kenwood Lady Knights||10||26||10||17||7||70|
Cheatham County: Jessica Armstrong 2, Daijjia Burke 2, Torie Walker 4, Savannah Worlund 31, Josie Bumpus 22, Tiffany Smith 17. Team totals 26 24-45 78.
Kenwood: Jasmine Johnson 12, Katie Robards 8, Malia Umrani 8, Analiese Osborne 19, Mikeala Smith 12, Akia Votaw 5, Kyra Brown 6. Team totals 23 17-28 70.
3-point field goals: Cheatham County 2 (Worlund 2), Kenwood 7 (Osborne 3, Johnson 2, Robards 1).
Records: Cheatham County 3-2, Kenwood 2-3.