CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Rossview needed a win. Any win.
The Hawks have lost District 10 games this season is unimaginable ways, including a last-second half court heave by Northwest that connected for a one-point Vikings win Dec. 2 and a follow up slam in the closing seconds by Northeast that helped the Eagles to a five-point win Dec. 12. Rossview also lost in the final minute to Springfield, despite holding a two-point lead with less than two minutes remaining.
Any victory, no matter how well or how poorly Rossview played, would have been welcomed news.
The Hawks got that victory and did so against District 10-AAA’s top team in Kenwood as the Hawks staved off the Knights fourth-quarter rally to eventually beat Kenwood 51-50 in overtime Friday night at Knights Gym. It was the first district win for the Hawks this season while Kenwood suffered its first district loss.
“Hopefully the tide will start turning in our favor,” Rossview coach Johnny Jackson said. “These kids have endured this season. They really have. They’ve been snakebitten at times. At times we haven’t played so well. Other times we’ve played pretty good and still lost. We’re not going to fill up the basket with a bunch of points so we’ve had to learn to win games with a slower pace and defend.”
That philosophy certainly was on display Friday, particulary in the first half as Rossview’s matchup zone defense forced a normally aggressive Kenwood team to become hesitant and stagnate.
“You can’t play the final four minutes of a game the way you normally play and expect to win when you’ve been playing the other three and a half quarters with no sense of urgency,” Kenwood’s first-year coach Dennis Pardue said. “We’ve played about 15 or so basketball games so far and in about six of those, we’ve failed to execute for the entire four quarters. And we’ve won a few games we probably shouldn’t have. The rabbit’s foot is only good for so long and our luck ran out (Friday) night.”
It was Cannon Campbell’s free throws with 3 seconds left in regulation that sent the game into overtime. Campbell, playing with four fouls, for much of the fourth quarter drove to the basket after his teammates failed to see a wide open Christian Snell under the basket as the final seconds ticked away. Campbell lofted a shot but was fouled with his team trailing 40-38. He knocked down both shots to send the game into the extra period.
The game continued on its hectic pace in overtime as Austin Jackson drained a 3-pointer with 2:38 left that gave the Hawks a 45-42 lead. But Kenwood responded with a basket from Keith Dowlen with 2:15 left. Dowlen came up again with a basket with 1:17 left in overtime and Matthew Norl’s running jumper with 1:04 remainig finally gave the Knights a 48-47 lead.
Rossview’s Jay Glenn, playing in the post for the first time this season because of injuries to two key Hawks players, slipped a screen and scored with 36 seconds left as Rossview reclaimed the advantage 49-48.
Norl was fouled on Kenwood’s next possession and drained both his foul shots with 28 seconds left as Kenwood held a 50-49 lead. But the overtime hero would go to Rossview’s Jackson Parker who nailed down a pair of foul shots with 9.3 seconds left in overtime to seal it.
But the game ended with a flourish. Kenwood tried to run its final play but called a timeout with 1.8 seconds left. Officials set the out of bounds play for Kenwood under its own basket and as the Knights tried a backdoor cut to the basket, the pass was low and bounced out of bounds for a turnover. Campbell was fouled again, this time with 1.4 seconds left but he missed the first of a 1-and-1 and Kenwood’s halfcourt heave fell a foot short of the basket, sealing the win for Rossview.
“Every time there’s been someone new who has stepped up for us,” Jackson said. “We’ve had to move some guys around and use some different guys in unusual spots but they just take to what we’re telling them to do and they are performing. Its really fun to watch, and we really needed this win against a very, very good Kenwood team that is young. Heck, we’re all young in this district and it’s going to be a lot of fun for the next month or so.”
Johnny Jackson’s son, Austin, finished tied with the game high, 14 points, with Kenwood’s Keith Dowlen. Glenn finished with 10 points for Rossview.
Matthew Norl chipped in with 13 points for the Knights. Kenwood finished with 19 field goals but Rossview had eight 3-pointers while the Knights were 0-for-8 from behind the arc.
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Rossview 51, Kenwood 50 (OT)
Rossview 10 11 10 9 11 – 51
Kenwood 8 8 7 17 10 – 50
Rossview: Cannon Campbell 8, Javon Vaughn 9, Jackson Parker 6, Jay Glenn 10, Austin Jackson 14, Christian Snell 4. Team totals: 9, 9-11.
Kenwood: Kyrus Newmon 2, Angel Hall 4, Deandre Radcliffe 8, Matthew Norl 13, Tyree Boykin 7, Keith Dowlen 14, Toriq James 2. Team totals: 19, 12-18
3-pointers: Kenwood none, Rossview 8 (Jackson 4, Vaughn 2, Glenn 2).
Records: Kenwood (12-5, 5-1), Rossview (9-6, 1-5).
Rossview’s Jackson Parker and Jay Glenn battle with Kenwood’s Matthew Nori for a rebound during Friday night’s District 10-AAA action at Kenwood.