Clarksville, TN – Clarksville High School’s girls basketball team had most of its inside attack either out — or playing at less than 100 percent — Wednesday, January 27th at the Willard Ross Memorial Gymnasium versus Northwest High School, but JK Cummings stepped up with five big 3s to lead the Lady Wildcats past the Lady Vikings, 60-36.
The Lady Wildcats (15-9, 9-2 District 10-AAA) were without the services of forwards Haley Bearden and Ta’Tayana Outlaw – accounting for about 25 points and 16 rebounds – while Chrislen Brown, who scored a season-high 11 points versus Kenwood High School on January 23rd had spent most of the previous night at the hospital dealing with the lingering effects of a cold she has been battling.
That meant Clarksville High would have to count heavily on its perimeter game to offset its limited inside attack.
Answering that call was Cummings, who knocked down five 3s in the contest in scoring a game-high 17 points, including 11 of those points coming in the first half.
But it did take a little while for Clarksville High to get its outside game going.
Northwest (3-18, 1-10 District 10-AAA) only trailing 8-7, with 16 seconds left in the opening quarter, but Lainey Persinger knocked down a three right before the buzzer to give Clarksville High a 11-7 lead after the first eight minutes of play.
That seemed to really spark the Lady Wildcats, with Cummings opening the second quarter with a pair of 3s to give CHS a 17-9 lead midway through the second period.
Clarksville High would build its lead out to as much as 12 points in the first half, 26-14, following a bucket by Summer Morales-Torres before taking an 11-point advantage into intermission.
The second half would see Northwest never get any closer than 10 points – that coming in the first minute-and-a-half of the third quarter – before the Lady Wildcats would put the game away with an 11-0 run over a span of 2:12 to go up 37-16.
Cummings would have a three during the run, as well as CHS getting four points from point guard Ellie Treanton.
Clarksville High would still hold a 20-point advantage heading into the final quarter, 42-22, when Northwest put together its best offense stretch of the game – scoring 12 points in the first 4:23 of the quarter to get to within 15 points, 49-34.
Both teams return to District 10-AAA action at 6:00p.m. on Friday, January 30th, as the Vikings host Kenwood High School and Clarksville High travels to West Creek High School.
Clarksville High 60, Northwest 36
|Clarksville High Lady Wildcats||11||15||16||18||60|
|Northwest Lady Vikings||7||8||7||14||36|
Ellie Treanton 7, JK Cummings 17, Summer Morales-Torres 4, LaPrasha Fair 10, Aliyah Miller 1, DeeDee Carter 2, Hannah Goins 5, Lainey Persinger 4, Chrislen Brown 5, Sarah McClellan 3. Team totals 20 14-21 60.
Alexis Walton 7, Kortni Anderson 2, Akiya Brown 3, Jashia Huey 6, Taylor Senseney 8, Amanda Keck 2, Kaitlin McLaughlin 2, Megan Thompson 6. Team totals 14 7-14 36.
3-point field goals: Clarksville High 6 (Cummings 5, Persinger 1), Northwest 1 (Thompson 1).
Records: Clarksville High 15-9, 9-2 District 10-AAA; Northwest 3-18; 1-10 District 10-AAA.