By Jim McLean • Boom Sports Media
District play is heating up at the start of the 2020. There are a number of intriguing matchups tonight, and as post-season play is only a few weeks away, teams will be looking to get on a hot streak as the second half of the season is under way. Here are the four games we will be covering:
Clarksville High vs Northeast
The top two teams in District 10AAA square off tonight as the second place Clarksville High School Wildcats host the district-leading Northeast Eagles. Clarksville High comes in to this game 7-4 (5-0 in District 10AAA) while the Eagles are 9-3 (6-1 in District 10AAA).
The Wildcats are playing their first game after a long break, and their first since holiday tournament play. They rolled in to the holidays as one of the hottest teams in the district, winning six consecutive games, five of which were district rivals. They will be looking for a strong, fast start tonight to shake off any rust early, as this game may have a large impact on post-season seeding down the road.
The Eagles of Northeast won’t have to worry about any sort of rust as they are coming off a decisive win on Tuesday over district foe West Creek. They defeated the Coyotes by 30 points and will be looking to junior Isaiah Farrior to continue leading the offense, as the Knights currently have on of the top scoring teams in the district, averaging nearly 60 points per game.
Clarksville Academy vs. Goodpasture
In a District 4A matchup, the 12-2 (6-0 in District 4A) Goodpasture Christian Cougars visit the 9-6 (2-4 in District 4A) Clarksville Academy Cougars.
Clarksville Academy is playing in their first game in six days, last playing in a narrow defeat to Ezell-Harding on January 4. Tonight’s matchup against Goodpasture will be used as a measuring stick for Clarksville Academy, as this game marks the first of six consecutive games against district opponents.
Goodpasture comes in to this game sitting in first place in District 4A. They come in to this game sporting one of the highest scoring offenses in the district, averaging 64.6 points-per-game. Their only two losses on the season came during the holiday tournaments.
West Creek vs. Kenwood
The Kenwood Knights visit the West Creek Coyotes tonight in a battle between the third and fourth place teams in District 10AAA. The Coyotes hold a record of 7-9 (4-2 District 10AAA), good for fourth place in the district, while the Knights are currently 7-7 (4-1 in District 10AAA) and sit in third place.
West Creek will try to shake off the disappointing loss on Tuesday, when they fell to the Northeast Eagles by a score of 62-32. Head Coach Russell Malone stated following Tuesday’s loss that he has confidence that his team can compete with anyone out there, and he will be placing a large emphasis on teamwork heading in to this game.
Kenwood suffered their first loss in district play this season on Tuesday, falling to the Henry County Patriots 85-74. The Knights moved in to the holiday tournament season riding a four game win streak, and will look to reestablish their winning ways tonight and moving forward into the remainder of their schedule.
Cheatham County Central vs. Harpeth
The Cheatham County Central Cubs are hosting the Harpeth Indians in a District 9AA matchup, as both teams are fighting to climb the district rankings. The Cubs enter the game 3-10 (1-3 District 9AA) and the Indians are 4-7 (1-0 District 9AA).
On paper, it appears Cheatham County has been having a disappointing season, but six of their losses have come by seven points or fewer, and their last two games were losses by a total of five points. They will be hoping to correct that trend by handing Harpeth their first district loss on the season.
Harpeth will be playing their first game of 2020, with their last game on December 30 in the Zaxby’s Christmas Classic at Goodpasture Christian, where they lost to Hume-Fogg, 75-67. The Indians will be hoping that 2020 is off to a better start as the end of 2019 resulted in losing four of their last six games, including a four-game stretch to end the calendar year. Their last win came on December 13 at home against Westmoreland.
Other Games to Watch
Northwest at Henry County
Montgomery Central at Springfield
Forrest at Sycamore
Stewart County at Waverly
**All games tip-off at 7:30 PM