Brentwood's Trushel, Franklin's Kemp earn Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week honors

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Brentwood senior Delaney Trushel and Franklin junior Reed Kemp were both named Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week for their performances the week of Jan. 13-19.

Trushel has played a key role in helping the Lady Bruins basketball team keep a 14-game winning streak going, while Kemp shot lights out in two of three games to lead the Rebels basketball team, including scoring a career-high 44 points on Thursday.

The two athletes were chosen as part of the Athletes of the Week awards sponsored by Gateway Tire and Service Center of Franklin. One male and one female athlete from Williamson County is selected and featured each week in the Williamson Herald.

Trushel scored 29 points and had seven steals to lead Brentwood to a 80-37 District 11-AAA victory at Centennial last Tuesday. She collected 17 points, five assists and four rebounds in a 64-39 conference win at Independence on Friday.

“She’s been really focused and aggressive,” Brentwood girls basketball coach Myles Thrash said. “She’s also worked extremely hard. On her shooting and finishing at the rim.”

Trushel and the Lady Bruins fell at Ensworth in their season opener, but have since won 14 consecutive games, including opening 8-0 in district play. Brentwood has scored 60 or more in 12 games during the streak.

Trushel continued her hot streak Tuesday night by pouring in a career-best 31 in a 63-41 win at Franklin besting her previous career-high set just last week.

“I’m just so proud of her,” Thrash said. “I have full confidence in her and her abilities.”

Brentwood will face Dickson County Friday night on the road. The Lady Cougars sit in second in the district.

Kemp averaged 32 points in three contests last week, though his Rebels went just 1-2 in the stretch. Franklin fell 64-46 at unbeaten Dickson County on Tuesday, lost in a shootout at Cane Ridge Thursday, 93-88, before beating Spring Hill Friday, 76-43.

On Thursday and Friday, Kemp combined to shoot 25-of-31 from the field, including 9-for-11 from 3-point range.

“Reed’s offensive production has been outstanding,” Franklin boys basketball coach Jason Tigert said. “He presents numerous problems for defenses with both his ability to attack and shoot.”

Kemp also averaged three assists, two rebounds and collected five blocks in the three-game stretch.

On Tuesday, he scored 14 points and had three assists in a 51-48 loss to Brentwood. Franklin heads to Ravenwood on Friday.

Other nominees for Athletes of the Week included basketball player Lexi Erickson of Ravenwood and wrestler Cooper Finch of Brentwood.

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