Hannah Leftwich helps lead Team Tennessee to win
By Andy Southard | June 5, 2018 6:23 am
Before putting up her basketball sneakers for the last time, Hannah Leftwich suited up for one final event as a high school player Friday when she competed in the Tennessee vs. Georgia All-Star Basketball game played at Notre Dame High School.
The two teams would look pretty evenly matched through the first three quarters with Team Tennessee never being able to pull away. However, in the fourth quarter, Team Tennessee would take a 15-point lead and never look back, winning 75-60.
Leftwich wasn’t one of the starters for the Volunteer State team, but she would come off the bench first and play a lot of minutes. Team Tennessee would jump out to a 14-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. By the half, that lead had grown to a 36-33 lead. In the second half, Team Tennessee would outscore Georgia 39-27 to pull out the win.
Leftwich, who finished her career at White County High School as the fourth all-time leading scorer in White County High School history, did the dirty work in this game, while the others were doing the scoring. While most players just look to score in all-star games, Leftwich did not deter from the type of game that she has played her whole career, a well-rounded one.
While most of the Tennessee team was leaking out for lay-up after lay-up against a Georgia team, Leftwich, who finished with just 4 points in the game, hauled in five rebounds.
The Tennessee coaches subbed quite regularly and made sure to get each player equal playing time in the contest.
Leftwich talked about playing in the game.
“There were a lot of good players out there from the Chattanooga area,” she said. “It was an honor to be selected to play in the game and to get to put on a uniform one final time as a high school player. I’m glad I got this experience, and I am happy that we were able to pull out the win for Tennessee.”