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INSIDE SPORTS: Riverdale, Blackman lead at midseason

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Last Friday was supposed to be the halfway point of the high school basketball district season, and it was, but only for Riverdale and Smyrna.

Everyone else has a make-up game to play due to some rotten weather  early last week. With that said, here’s my assessment of the season so far.

In girls, Riverdale is undefeated at 5-0 in the district and on a roll. The Lady Warriors haven’t lost in 385 days.

Even though Riverdale beat Blackman by 13 (55-42), it wasn’t decisive. The lead was only nine points with a minute left.

The squads will meet again and maybe again (and again?).

The first game featured a clock malfunction, many turnovers, some fine defense from both teams and a lot of great players and plays.

The only downside was Olivia Jones who was already gimpy with a bad knee.

We shall see, but it appeared to get worse during the game.

The crowd was a loud, well behaved sellout!

Blackman, meanwhile is in second with a 3-1 district record and 18-1 overall.

A loss to Riverdale is not the end of the world.

In the district, the Blaze is giving up about 38 points a game. This is excellent, and they appear to be getting better.

I expect Blackman will improve more than Riverdale does between now and Feb. 8 when the squads play again. However that game will be at Riverdale.

Oakland, with a 16-2 record is hanging tough in third and has rematches with Riverdale and Blackman coming soon.

To move up a spot the Lady Pats need to win one or both of those games.

Smyrna is fourth and could finish there.

The Lady Bulldogs have beaten Siegel once and, if they do it again, they will be fourth ahead of fifth place Siegel (12-8) and sixth place La Vergne.

In boys, Blackman at 18-0 (4-0) and Siegel 19-1 (4-0) are both rolling along.

The Blaze scores fewer points per game than Siegel but gives up fewer than the Stars.

The two teams play a make-up game Tuesday at Siegel High School. I expect a crowd to rival the Blackman versus Riverdale games of last Friday.

For all practical purposes Oakland and La Vergne are tied for third. Both are 2-2 in the district and Oakland has 14 wins while La Vergne has 13.

The game between the two was postponed and will be made up this Tuesday at La Vergne High School. To finish third, Oakland is definitely going to have to shoot better.

Riverdale (8-11, 1-4) and Smyrna (10-8, 0-5) are virtually tied for fifth and Riverdale owns the tie breaker after beating the Bulldogs last week.

Both teams have struggled a great deal especially on defense. Smyrna is talented but young; Riverdale, in my judgment, is overachieving.

The Warriors just don’t quit.

There’s a sports card show at Lighthouse Christian just west of I-24 at exit 60. Great fun starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

Don’t forget this is True Blue Week in Rutherford County. Check out our Blue Raider Basketball schedule; GO BLUE!

I hate to end with a sad comment but we did note the tragic loss of Debbie “Moe” Breeden this past week.

With great courage she fought off cancer for more than two years. Moe was the wife of former Riverdale teacher and Coach Jeff Breeden, who is the present Blue Raider softball coach.

We send our thoughts and prayers to the family and Debbie’s many friends.
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