Perfect 10: Riverdale girls go unbeaten in 7-AAA regular season

Perfect 10: Riverdale girls go unbeaten in 7-AAA regular season

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Perfect 10: Riverdale girls go unbeaten in 7-AAA regular season

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Tyisha Petty made sure there would be no second-half Blackman comeback.

The Riverdale senior erupted for 16 of her 19 points in the third quarter and top-ranked Riverdale routed third-ranked Blackman 72-43 Friday night at a capacity-filled Johnny Parsley Memorial Gymnasium.

The Lady Warriors wrapped up their fourth consecutive undefeated District 7-AAA regular season with the victory. The win was Riverdale’s 48th straight and 65th consecutive at home. The Lady Warriors have won 48 straight regular-season district games.

“The first half I was settling,” said Petty, an MTSU signee. “I was passive. Third quarter, coach told me to play my game and do what I do, just don’t go overboard.

“When I saw open shots, I took them.”

Petty shot 6-of-7 in the third quarter, including 4-of-4 from the 3-point line.

Riverdale (25-0, 10-0) will be the top seed in next week’s District 7-AAA tournament at Smyrna High. Blackman (23-2, 8-2) will be the second seed in the tournament. Riverdale can complete an undefeated regular season with a win at Mt. Juliet on Monday in a non-district game.

“There are no gimmes in the tournament,” Riverdale first-year coach Cory Barrett said. “We’ve had three teams ranked in the top 25 in the country in this league this year with us, Blackman and Oakland. That puts Blackman and Oakland potentially in that semifinal game.

“This is my first year here, but I don’t know if there has ever been in this league as good a teams there are this year, especially with the top three.”

The Lady Warriors led 28-19 at halftime before they eventually broke the game open with an 8-0 run to push it to 42-27.

“We definitely weren’t us defensively,” Blackman coach Chad Hibdon said. “They are a great team, and do great things. But I just thought the way we were defending things, the screen and action and the things we do, we just didn’t do it (Friday).

“We weren’t dialed in defensively. That started stacking the mountain to climb, which took a lot out of us. Then (Petty) got hot to start the third quarter.”

Junior Alexa Middleton led Riverdale with a game-high 25 points. MTSU signee Olivia Jones added 14. Crystal Dangerfield led Blackman with 11 points.

College coaches from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Florida, Middle Tennessee State University, Lipscomb and Tennessee State all attended the game between nationally-ranked teams.

Riverdale capped the rout in the fourth quarter when the Lady Warriors extended their lead to 70-36 with an 11-0 run.

“It’s a good thing going into the postseason undefeated in the district,” Middleton said. “It will help us, I think, going into the tournament.”

Riverdale 72, Blackman 43

Blackman 7 12 14 10 — 43

Riverdale 14 14 25 19 — 72

Blackman: Norris 6, Cuccia 2, Allen 6, Killings 3, Dangerfield 11, Johnson 4, Bond 6, M. Miller 5.

Riverdale: Davenport 8, Lewis 6, Petty 19, Middleton 25, Jones 14.

BOYS Blackman 68, Riverdale 41

Blackman finished its regular season undefeated and claimed its first perfect District 7-AAA regular season title.

“That really wasn’t a goal of ours coming into the season,” Blackman coach Barry Wortman said. “Obviously, we wanted to win the district. That was a goal.

“I thought this team did a great job of drawing from last year’s success, and just being the best team we can be. I think a byproduct of that was a special season.”

With Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings in attendance, Commodores commitment Darius Thompson led Blackman (24-0, 10-0) with 15 points. The Blaze will be the top seed in next week’s district tournament. Thompson also went over the 1,000-point mark for his career.

Jauan Jennings added 14 points, and Justin Coleman and K.J. Dowdy had eight apiece.

Senior post player Logan Thigpen led Riverdale (9-15, 2-8) with a game-high 16 points, including a fourth-quarter 3-pointer. Tomaz Gray added 12 and Steven Wilson had eight.

Blackman 68, Riverdale 41

Blackman 21 14 23 10 — 68

Riverdale 12 11 10 8 — 41

Blackman: McMiller 2, Dowdy 8, Thompson 15, Jennings 14, Maher 6, Coleman 8, Rogan 7, I. Hart 2, L. Hart 2, Pierce 2, Henry 2.

Riverdale: Wilson 8, Gray 12, Watkins 2, Campbell 2, Thigpen 16, Jernigan 1.

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