Monday, February 24, 2014

Northpoint advances to D2-A girls semifinals

from Commercial Appeal

For the second year in a row, the Northpoint girls are headed to the final four.

The Trojans (29-3) got a big game from Kimberlee Keltner and rode some terrific fan support to defeat Franklin Road Academy, 47-44, in a Division 2-A substate game Friday at Northpoint.
The Trojans will open tournament play Thursday at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University.

Keltner scored 21 to lead the Trojans, who lost in the semifinals last year to end the season 25-8. Freshman Ashtyn Baker added 12.

"Kimberlee Keltner was a warrior," said Trojans coach Barry Gray. "She was really strong with the ball in her hands.

"It was a great defensive struggle, a very physical game. They've been to the last four state championship games (but) I think we played as hard as we've played all year. And our crowd was just unbelievable."

Northpoint will be the Memphis area's lone representative in D2-A.

Ezell-Harding defeated Harding Academy, 48-34 despite 15 points from the Lions' Antoinette Lewis. Knoxville Webb reached the semifinals for the 14th year in a row, beating St. Mary's 61-24. University School of Nashville eliminated ECS, 59-35.

In Division 2-AA, Harpeth Hall ousted St. Benedict, 58-33, and Nashville Ensworth ended St. Agnes' season, 48-23.

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