CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Clarksville Academy Lady Cougars faced a talented White House-Heritage team Thursday in a varsity basketball game that is part of the state’s Hall of Fame games game.
First-year Academy coach Carrie Daniels has a very young team this season, and the inexperience showed as the Lady Cougars were outpaced by the Lady Patriots, 75-20.
“From the get-go our transition defense was a problem for us,” Daniels said. “We weren’t getting back. We weren’t locating people, so they were able to get a lot of easy looks and layups in the transition. On defense, we just weren’t moving. We were just standing in the lane, allowing them to move the ball around the perimeter.”
The Lady Cougars have only one senior this year. The rest of the team consists of two juniors, three sophomores and six freshmen.
“We have to give White House-Heritage a lot of credit,” Daniels said. “Even though we weren’t getting hands in their faces tonight, they were knocking down the open shots. They had great shooting. They built that early lead, and it’s tough to come back from that.”
White House-Heritage started off strong and kept the pressure on for much of the first half. The Lady Patriots held a 29-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and by halftime they held a comfortable 49-8 lead.
Daniels made some adjustments that helped the Lady Cougars in the second half. Clarksville Academy managed to outscore White House-Heritage 16-14 in the third period, but the overall deficit was too big to overcome. Midway through the third quarter White House-Heritage started wholesale substitutions with the game already in hand.
Daniels said the game was a good experience for her young players who played significant minutes with the more experienced players out with injuries.
The Lady Patriots had four players in double digits for the evening, led by Callie Roach’s 20 points. Alex McFarlin added 14 and Audra Roach and Bri Hay each had 10 in the win.
Ashley Roberts led Clarksville Academy with five points while Bailey Foote and Morgan Crawley each had four points in the loss.