The last games of the regular season are often canceled with snow make-ups taking their place.
The games are often dull, always out of district and played on an “off night”, a Monday, so that teams have a chance to rest before the tournament. Well, not this year.
This year the Smyrna girls picked up a nice win over Shelbyville and Oakland beat Independence for win No. 23.
One of the best games of the year was at Riverdale as the No. 1 Lady Warriors (District 7AAA Champs) came from behind and beat sixth-ranked Mt.Juliet (District 8AAA Champs) 62-58. As a result, Riverdale has now won 49 in a row at home.
The last two contests for Riverdale versus Mt. Juliet yielded an overtime win and a double overtime state tournament opening round win for the Red and Gold.
If these two teams get to the State, I hope they are in opposite brackets.
This game was fun to watch and it revealed a great deal about Riverdale. They exploded out of the gate, built an early 10-5 lead and promptly lost it. We were tied 32-32 at the half and the large crowd was loud and involved.
Mt. Juliet had some success handling Riverdale’s aggressive press with the Golden Bears fine post player Sally McCabe scoring 14 points in the half. She finished with 18. MTSU signee Caya Williams finished with 20 points and again was a thorn in the side of a Murfreesboro team.
The third quarter was a very poor one for Riverdale. They missed some easy shots, failed to get down the floor and were careless with the basketball.
As a result, Mt. Juliet won the quarter 18-11 and took a seven point lead into the fourth.
Riverdale point guard Tyisha Petty then did what all leaders should. She called on her team verbally and then set an example of effort herself.
The result was Riverdale scoring six points in 55 seconds and a 16-0 run which tuned a 50-43 deficit into a 59-50 lead. This was a lead they never lost.
Mt. Juliet was shell shocked and suddenly couldn’t do anything right.
Riverdale coach John Wild spread the floor the last three minutes, forcing the Lady Bears to guard Shacobia Barbee one-on-one. That usually won’t work and it didn’t this time either.
Both Petty and Barbee had 19 points each while Alexa Middleton had 12.
All in all, a great night as RHS picked up their 25th win of the year.
Check the scoreboard to see how Riverdale and all our teams did the first two nights of the tournament and then go on line for still more basketball info.