By Cidnie Sydney-Brewington, Clarksville Sports Network
Clarksville, TN – The opening game of the New Year’s Basketball Bash at Rossview High School Wednesday featured a quiet match up between the Kenwood High School Knights and the Warriors of Hunters Lane High School. Not only was the atmosphere quiet, as the crowd consisted of mostly family members, but the Knights didn’t play with their usual aggression and it cost them in their 40-34 loss.
It was turnovers during the first quarter and poor attempts at the line that kept the first half score low for both teams. The Knights finished with 20 turnovers and went 6-of-13 at the line. The Warriors finished the game with 14 turnovers and went 3-of-11 at the line overall.
The score was held at 2-2 until the 3:00-minute mark of the first quarter when the Knights scored three more points. During the final minute of the quarter, the Knights’ Maleek Hall, who led the team with 12 points, held the ball for 35 seconds and then at the 10-second mark, after playing a quick game of hot-potato with his teammates, attempted and missed the 3-pointer. On the rebound, the Warriors’ Billy Hughes, who led his team with 20 points, attempted a buzzer-beater at the half court line that had the Warrior fans sitting on the edge of their seats. The ball looked like it was going in, but ricocheted around the rim and bounced out.
Though Kenwood and Hunters Lane flip-flopped leads, the second and third quarters were uneventful. The Warriors took their first lead at 10-7 with 3:06 left in the second quarter. But the Knights finished the half leading 27-18. After the halftime break, it looked as if the Knights would keep the lead. By the end of the third, they were up by only two point 25-23.
In the fourth, with the slim lead, the Knights began to play with their usual intensity. The Warriors too picked up their intensity and most of it could be credited to Hughes, who played like a one-man gang around the basket. As the aggression level rose for the Warriors, so did their points. They led the fourth quarter 35-33 with 3:43 left and outscored Kenwood 17 points to nine points overall in the period.
The Knights return to play at 4:00pm. Thursday at Rossview High school in the second and final day of the New Years Basketball Bash against Hunters Lane High School.
Hunters Lane High School 40, Kenwood High School 34
Hunters Lane 2 12 9 17 40
Kenwood High 5 10 10 9 34
Hunters Lane: Billy Hughes 20, Stephen Daniel 12, Howard Cliffe 4, Antonio Head 4
Kenwood High: Maleek Hall 12, Guy Stanford 8, LeGree Hairston 5, DeAndre Lisenbee 7, Will Simmons 2
About James D. Horne
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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