CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Rossview started sluggish but came around in the second quarter and used its defense and a lack of offensive rhythm by Kenwood to get past the Lady Knights 57-31 Friday night in a girls’ District 10-AAA varsity basketball game at Knights Gym.
The victory is only the second in the last five games for the Lady Hawks, who began the season 8-1 before losing to Christ Presbyterian and MLK in the Rossview Christmas Classic two weeks ago. However, Rossview (11-4) remains perfect in league play (6-0), picking up its sixth win of the season as district play will dominate the remaining regular-season schedule this month.
The Lady Hawks’ Haylee Croom led all scorers with 16 points and also grabbed eight rebounds while point guard Karle Pace added 11 in the win.
Rossview found itself tied 10-10 with Kenwood after the end of the first quarter. Analiese Osborne scored eight of Kenwood’s first period points. But Rossview woke up in the second quarter, scoring the first six points of the quarter ignited by Croom’s basket with 7:10 left in the first half.
Jemiah Harrison and Pace hit consecutive buckets, and Rossview opened up a 16-10 lead that ballooned to 20-12 with four minutes left in the first half.
Rossview led by as many as 14 late in the first half before leading 28-17 at halftime.
Kenwood tried to mount a rally in the third quarter. The Lady Knights scored six straight late in the period and got within 34-26, but Kenwood settled for too many quick shots and was unable sustain any offensive consistency to mount a serious run at Rossview.
Meanwhile, the Lady Hawks spread the floor against Kenwood’s 2-3 zone and began to find open players in the lane and under the basket. In the first quarter, the Lady Hawks were content with taking the open shots Kenwood’s defense was allowing, but in the second half, coach Justin Woods had his team shooting higher percentage shots.
Cassidy Taylor started the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer before Croom scored the next eight points for the Lady Hawks. Her lay up with 5:13 left in the game pushed Rossview’s lead to 48-26.
Taylor had 10 points for Rossview while Osborne led Kenwood with 15 points. It’s the sixth loss in seven games for Kenwood, who will face Northeast next Tuesday. Rossview faces West Creek Tuesday.
George Robinson. Prep writer. 245-0747. firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow on Facebook and Twitter: @Cville_Sports.
Rossview 10 18 9 20 – 57
Kenwood 10 7 7 7 – 31
Rossview: Karle Pace 11, Haylee Croom 16, Cassidy Taylor 10, Mickey Head 8, Jemiah Harrison 6. Team totals: 17, 11-18.
Kenwood: Isolina Howard 4, Katie Robards 2, Malia Umrani 3, Analiese Osborne 15, Kyra Brown 3, Sharisa Kimble 4. Team totals: 11, 3-9.
3-pointers: Kenwood 2 (Osborne 2), Rossview 4 (Pace 2, Taylor 2).
Records: Rossview (11-4, 6-0), Kenwood (5-12, 2-4).
Kenwood’s Malia Umrani shoots around Rossview’s Haylee Croom during Friday night’s District 10-AAA action at Kenwood.