By Jim McLean • Boom Sports Media
There are some huge games on Tuesday between some of District 10AAA’s powerhouses. The top two teams are squaring off, and there is also a key matchup between the third- and fifth-place teams. Here’s our preview on the games tonight.
Northwest vs. Rossview
Many have had this game circled on their calendars for a couple weeks now, and the time is finally here. The first-place Rossview Lady Hawks are visiting the second-place Northwest Lady Vikings tonight in what may well end up being a preview of the District 10AAA title game. The Lady Hawks are 12-1 in the district, while the Lady Vikings are 10-2. These teams met once previously this season, when Rossview defeated Northwest 52-39 on December 19.
After an inconsistent first half of the season where they went 5-5 (only two of these losses were to district opponents), the Lady Vikings have emerged as a District 10AAA powerhouse. Northwest is undefeated in district play after the holiday break, and avenged one of their early-season district losses by defeating Northeast 80-43 on January 21. And in this streak, the Northwest offense has been nothing short of spectacular. Led by sophomore stud Ta’Mia Scott (15.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG) and senior Madison King (10.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG), the Lady Vikings have averaged 63.8 points-per-game over the last eight games, while only allowing 38.4 in the same stretch. One of the keys to the Lady Vikings game appears to be their long-range shooting. They lead the district in three-point attempts, and with the power Rossview has in the paint, the Lady Vikings may well be content to shoot from the arc all throughout this game.
The Lady Hawks extended their win streak to six with a 52-35 win on the road against Kenwood on Friday. The Lady Hawks achieved this while missing three key contributors in Kristen Edwards, Ever Walker, and Maggie Croom. However, this allowed Rossview to show the depth on their roster and why they are the top team in the district. Kenwood was able to play the Lady Hawks tightly in the first half, and even held Rossview’s leading scorer Kayla Gilmore to only two points in the first half. In the end, the Hawks pulled away as they have done to most opponents this season, especially once junior Chelsea Williams hit a couple of key three-pointers in the third quarter. This game against Northwest will provide the Lady Hawks to make a statement and really show why they are the number one team in the district, especially as they will be playing in front of what is sure to be a hostile Northwest crowd.
Clarksville High School vs. West Creek
The West Creek Lady Coyotes, looking for their first district win, visit the Clarksville High School Lady Wildcats, who are looking to break a tie for fourth place with Northeast. The Lady Coyotes are ninth in the district with a record of 0-12. The Lady Wildcats are tied with Northeast at 8-5 in District 10AAA. These two teams met on December 19 in a 53-16 CHS victory.
The Lady Coyotes have had what they are sure to see as a disappointing season. They only have two victories on the season, both of which have come against Fort Campbell. One of those victories came on Friday when the Lady Coyotes defeated Fort Campbell 43-16. The main struggle for West Creek seems to be generating offense. Prior to Friday’s victory, the Lady Coyotes had dropped nine games in a row, in which they averaged only 17.9 points-per-game, while allowing 64.7 points against. While their spot in the play-in game is all but assured, the Lady Coytoes will be hoping they found some sort of offensive spark as they still have three games against the district’s top five teams remaining.
The Lady Wildcats have now won two straight and five of the last seven games. They most recently played on Friday, when they defeated third-place Henry County on the road 57-50. This was a game the Lady Wildcat’s needed offensively, as their previous two games saw them struggling to score as they only hit 34 and 39 points against Rossview and Springfield respectively. With a big game from Northeast approaching on February 11, the Lady Wildcats can use this game against a struggling West Creek team and a non-conference game against Cane Ridge on Thursday to shore up the offense before the showdown with Northeast, with a first round home game in the district tournament potentially on the line.
Northeast vs. Henry County
The Northeast Lady Eagles host the Henry County Lady Patriots in a crucial game between the third- and fifth- ranked teams in District 10AAA. The third place Henry County Patriots are 9-3 in the district and are looking to close the gap with Northwest with a victory. The fifth place Lady Eagles are 8-5, and could take fourth place with a victory against Henry County and a loss by Clarksville High School. Northeast and Henry County faced off on December 19, where the Lady Patriots emerged victorious by a score of 67-47.
If the district tournament started today, the Lady Eagles would be on the road against Clarksville High School. Like everyone else, they will be wanting a home game in the first round, and they could take a huge step towards that goal with a win over Henry County. Northeast’s most recent game was a defensive battle against Springfield on Friday that saw the Lady Eagles win 30-17. This was the second consecutive game the Lady Eagles scored 30 or less points, which is uncharacteristic of this team, as they have averaged 46.3 points-per-game on the season. Sophomore Cierra Bowser leads the Lady Eagles in scoring, averaging 13.4 points-per-game, and will look to be a key factor in this game against a very good Henry County defense.
The Lady Patriots suffered a 57-50 defeat to Clarksville High School on Friday, and have now dropped four of their last seven games, and three of their last six district games. Even if the Lady Patriots haven’t been able to string together wins, they still boast the second-best defense in the district that is only allowing 43.4 points-per-game. They set themselves up for success early in the season by going undefeated in the first half of district play, which included handing Rossview their first district loss. Since the second half of the season has started, however, they have lost to three of the top four teams. While they appear to have a firm hold on the third spot going in to this game, a loss opens the door for not only Northeast to surpass the Lady Patriots, but also CHS. And if both teams surpass Henry County, the Lady Patriots will start the tournament on the road.
Other Games To Watch:
Springfield at Kenwood
Todd County at Montgomery Central
Cheatham County at Harpeth
Sycamore at Santa Fe
Waverly at Stewart County