There are very few athletic moments when Clarksville High and Rossview won’t be a heated rivalry.
Just about every player, in each sport, at both schools consider beating its rival tantamount to a successful season.
Clarksville High’s girls program has ruled District 10-AAA with an iron fist for the past four years, but with the graduation of a starting five that made three consecutive state tournament appearances, Clarksville isn’t the team on everyone’s radar for 2012-13.
That belongs to Rossview High. And Thursday night, the Lady Hawks looked like the team to beat, but also showed why preseason basketball is important.
Rossview held off Clarksville High 21-17 in the CMCSS Basketball Jamboree Thursday at the Dunn Center.
“We looked like a team dealing with nerves,” Rossview girls coach Becky Padgett said. “We also looked confused at times as to what we were running offensively. The girls had a lot of impatience and that’s a sign of a little game inexperience. We’ll get it right. We have time.”
Rossview’s first nine points came off three straight three-point play conversions. Janie White finished with seven points to lead the Lady Hawks while Dayisha Skelton drained a second-half 3-pointer and finished with five.
“That’s typical of the early season,” Padgett said. “I’m glad we got everyone in the game, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
Clarksville High played hard despite coach Brian Rush coming into the season without four projected starters. One of his post players transferred to Goodpasture while three others are casualties of an injury, grades and another’s decision to play soccer.
“Obviously we lost a lot last year and we got a lot of new faces,” Rush said. “They’ve got to learn one another and trust one another and that’s something we’re still learning how to do, and Rossview showed why they are the leading front-runners in our district.”
Ta’Tayana Outlaw and Haley Bearden led the Lady Wildcats. Outlaw had seven points while Bearden chipped in with six.
Kenwood 23, Clarksville Academy 18: The Lady Knights jumped out to a 13-4 lead before the Lady Cougars battled back behind the scoring of Shelby Chapman.
Chapman scored 12 points and helped the Lady Cougars rally to within 13-11 as the first quarter drew to a close. But Kenwood’s inside game was too much, particularly Malia Umrani.
Umrani had six points and grabbed five rebounds to lead the Lady Knights.
Kenwood used a 10-0 run midway through the first quarter to put enough distance between it and Academy. A 6-2 spurt to start the second, and final, quarter gave Kenwood breathing room when the Lady Cougars scored the final five points of the game.
Montgomery Central 22, Northwest 10: Taya Carter was the Indians’ leading scorer with seven points as Central cruised to the win. The Lady Indians’ Sammy Jo-Perry finished with five points.
There was intense defense on both sides at different times in the game as both the Lady Vikings and Lady Indians were showing a willingness to defend during this preseason scrimmage.
Northwest’s Jashalyn Taylor led her team in scoring with five points. Taylor had a lot of opportunities but Central’s defense made it difficult for Taylor to find the net. Kayla Bradley added four points for Northwest.
West Creek 35, Northeast 19: West Creek hit the boards and created opportunities in transition to knock off Northeast Thursday.
Jazmine Torian and Latoya Winters led the way for the Lady Coyotes. Torian had 10 points and Winters also finished with 10.
West Creek jumped out to a 14-2 advantage and never looked back.
Northeast, which is trying to improve on just a single win last season, had balanced scoring out of its 19 points Thursday. Six players scored, led by Jazzmyn Simpson’s five points.