CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. It was evident that Northeast wasn’t going away, but in the end, the Lady Eagles couldn’t stop Clarksville High in transition as the Lady Wildcats scored 18 fast-break points en route to a 62-51 girls’ District 10 basketball victory Tuesday night at William Workman Gym.
Northeast scored six straight points early in the fourth quarter to get within five points of Clarksville High, but the Lady Wildcats managed to stave off the rally in the final two quarters to capture their third win in the last four games. The Lady Wildcats began the season with six straight losses.
Essence Brown knocked down a pair of free throws, and Sepe Moore teamed with Michelle Donner for two straight baskets as the Lady Eagles trailed 50-45 with 6:13 left in the game.
Northeast’s defense picked up its intensity in the final period with a press and half-court traps. It produced five Clarksville turnovers. But the Lady Wildcats had two three-point play opportunities after Haley Bearden and Ta’Tayana Outlaw drew fouls after hitting their shots. Both failed to convert the foul shots to complete the three-point plays, but Clarksville’s lead grew to 46-36 with 3:45 left in the game.
Jazzmyn Simpson’s 3-pointer, for the Lady Eagles with 3:19 left, cut Clarksville’s lead to seven, and Northeast had the ball with a chance to slice further into that lead. But Clarksville forced a turnover that led to a layup by Ellie Treanton. The Lady Wildcats salted the clock in the final two minutes to secure the win.
Both teams struggled to maintain possession in the first half. The Lady Wildcats and Lady Eagles combined for 16 turnovers, but Northeast stayed within striking distance in the half with eight offensive rebounds and knocking down 3-pointers.
Trailing 21-14 early in the second quarter, Northeast climbed back in the game after Moore and Simpson drained back-to-back threes to cut Clarksville’s lead to 24-20 with 3:29 left in the first half. The Lady Wildcats stretched the lead to 28-20 after consecutive baskets by Prasha Fair and Chrislen Brown. By halftime, CHS held a 32-24 advantage.
Both teams also spent a good portion of the game at the foul line as well. Clarksville has had its issues from the stripe this season and only converted 9-for-26 in the game. Northeast was better at the line connecting on 16 of 25 attempts. Outlaw led all scorers with 19 points while Bearden finished with 17.
Northeast was led by Simpson, who finished with 12 points. Moore added 10 points in the loss.
Clarksville began to slowly extend its lead in the second half. Its advantage ballooned to 10 points as Northeast managed just four field goals in the third quarter. One of those baskets was a backdoor layup from Layla Bradley to cut the Lady Wildcats’ lead to 39-32 with 2:01 left. Donner added a trey with 38 seconds left to slice into CHS’ lead 42-35, but Clarksville scored the final four points to go into the fourth quarter with an 11-point lead.
It was only the third game of the season for the Lady Eagles, who will play in two lengthy tournaments during the Christmas holidays later this month. Clarksville is coming off a three-game tournament at Cane Ridge in Nashville this past weekend where the Lady Wildcats picked up their first two wins of the season against Hillwood and Pearl Cohn.
George Robinson. Prep writer. 245-0747. email@example.com. Follow on Facebook and Twitter: @Cville_Sports.
Clarksville High 62, Northeast 51
Northeast 12 12 11 16 – 51
Clarksville High 17 15 14
CHS: Ellie Treanton 3, J.K. Cummings 4, Summer Morales-Torres 10, Hannah Goins 4, Lainey Persinger 2, Ta’Tayana Outlaw 19, Chrislen Brown 2, Haley Bearden 19. Team totals: 26, 9-26.
Northeast: Essence Brown 5, Michelle Donner 7, Tay Freeman 4, Jazzmyn Simpson 12, Sepe Moore 10, Kayla Bradley 6, Lakeisha Phillips 3, Brooke Barrett 2, Sh’Niya Horn 2. Team totals: 10, 16-25.
3-pointers: Northeast 5 (Donner, Moore, Simpson 3), CHS none.
Records: Clarksville High (3-7, 1-0), Northeast (1-1, 0-1).