BRENTWOOD – After a summer relocation from California and then another transfer from Brentwood Academy to Ensworth, junior standout Skyy Clark made his presence in Tennessee known right out of the gate Thursday at Brentwood High School.
The 6-foot-3 combo guard, one of the nation’s top recruits and a Kentucky commit, scored 51 points and led Ensworth to a season-opening 91-76 win against a gritty Bruins team.
“He’s definitely talented without a doubt,” Brentwood coach Greg Shirley said.
The Bruins fell in an early hole, but never gave in against the Tigers and their new superstar. Brentwood trailed by as many as 26, but pulled within 12 in the third and as close as 13 late in the contest.
John Windley scored 35 points to lead the home team, while Macen Redner scored 19 and Griffin Burke chipped in nine.
After falling behind 62-38 early in the second half, Windley triggered a 15-2 run with back-to-back runs as Brentwood pulled within 65-53 on a Windley drive with 3:28 to play in the third. Both Redner and Burke added triples in the spurt, but Ensworth’s Devaki Garr provided a pull-up 3-pointer to stop the momentum.
Macen Redner with the drive plus the foul. His 3-point play brings Brentwood within 25-15 of Ensworth with 6:30 to play in the second quarter. pic.twitter.com/yH3wa1eKWo— Charles Pulliam (@cspulliam) November 20, 2020
Brentwood limited Clark to eight points in the third. Clark poured in 36 in the first half as the Tigers opened up a 21-point lead at the break. He netted 22 points in the second quarter alone, scoring on a variety of drives to the hoop, pull-up jumpers and a couple long range bombs.
“Brentwood basketball has been built on teams that play great defense and they were definitely able to exploit some things against us with their athleticism,” Shirley said. “We were able to see what we have to work on. “I believe in this team and I think we can be really, really good as well.”
Brentwood was able to stay within 14 to 16 into the final 90 seconds of the third before Clark scored on back-to-back drives and stretched the lead back to 20.
The Bruins made one last surge late – and the Tigers starters actually returned to the court with 1:37 to play – before Windley went 1-of-2 at the line and then knocked down a triple on a kick-back to get the Bruins within 89-76 with just over a minute to play.
Garr was able to force a turnover and Clark added one final bucket to close the contest. Garr added 16 in the win, including four timely 3s.
The Ensworth girls also picked up a victory, but needed several late plays to pull out a 59-53 win against the Lady Bruins.
Jaloni Cambridge scored 26 points to lead the Lady Tigers. She scored a layup after going 1-of-2 at the line with 28 seconds to play to give Ensworth a 57-53 lead. Camilla Garza secured the rebound on the missed free throw and kicked to a slashing Cambridge for the bucket. Brentwood missed a 3-pointer at the other end and two free throws after getting fouled on the rebound as Kennedy Cambridge sealed the win with a pair of free throws inside the final 10 seconds.
“We had some opportunities but we missed some free throws and had a couple turnovers late,” Brentwood coach Myles Thrash said. “Hats off to Ensworth because they made some plays and the plays they needed to.”
Sydney Ryan scored 19 points in her Brentwood debut and Amelia Osgood added 17 points – both hit three 3-pointers. Ryan played as a freshman at Franklin before spending last year at Hamilton Heights in Chattanooga.
“Sydney will be a big asset for us,” Thrash said. “We still have some chemistry issues to deal with, but I’m excited about this team and how experienced we are.”
Jaloni Cambridge gave Ensworth a 50-40 advantage when she knocked down a 3-pointer, blocked a shot at the other end and finished with a layup at the 4:10 mark of the fourth. Kaitlyn Lorenzi fired in a 3-pointer on the next Lady Bruins possession and the Brentwood girls ratcheted up the defense to force back-to-back turnovers and pull back into the game.
Sydney Ryan gets the runner to fall here ... Brentwood within 53-49 with 1:20 to go. pic.twitter.com/EXpYFIv03F— Charles Pulliam (@cspulliam) November 20, 2020
Ryan sank a corner 3 to make it 50-47 with 2:41 to play. An Ensworth layup from Sullivan Brown and a Jaloni Cambridge free-throw pushed the lead back to six before Ryan rattled in a runner with 1:23 remaining. A missed free throw in the bonus gave it back to the Lady Bruins and Kate Workman scored inside, but missed a free throw for the potential 3-point play.
Brentwood inched within 54-53 when Osgood made two freebies with 37 seconds left. That set up Jaloni Cambridge’s final points and Garza's big offensive rebound.
The Lady Tigers, the two-time defending Division II-AA champions, are coming off an unbeaten season and won their 46th consecutive game.
“You have to play these kind of games, you have to play the best if you want to be the best,” Thrash said.
Ensworth boys 91, Brentwood 76
EHS – 22 33 22 14 – 91
BHS – 10 24 24 18 – 76
EHS (91) – Devaki Garr 16, Tony Gaines 4, Jon Kelly 2, Levi Moore 2, ZZ Clark 8, Malik Dia 8, Skyy Clark 51.
BHS (76) – John Windley 35, Griffin Burke 9, Macen Redner 19, Jack Medalie 3, Daniel Cochran 4, Dustin Blut 4, Davis Smith 2.
3-point goals – EHS 12 (S. Clark 5, Garr 4, Z. Clark 2, Dia); BHS 8 (Windly 4, Burke 2, Redner 2). Total Fouls – EHS 20, BHS 16. Fouled Out – Bluhm.
Ensworth girls 59, Brentwood 53
EHS – 19 11 9 20 – 59
BHS – 12 11 12 18 – 53
EHS (59) – Kennedy Cambridge 7, Keili Martin 3, Jayda Woods 6, Jaloni Cambridge 26, Sullivan Brown 4, Kamil Collier 13.
BHS (53) – Eden Oates 3, Kate Workman 4, Kaitlyn Lorenzi 3, Sydney Ryan 19, Chloe Wampler 3, Sophie Roston 2, Amelia Osgood 17.
3-point goals – EHS 3 (J. Cambridge 2, Martin); BHS 9 (Ryan 3, Osgood 3, Oates, Lorenzi, Wampler). Total Fouls – EHS 17, BHS 14. Fouled Out – None.