From Clarksville High’s perspective, winning the Girls Region 5-AAA Championship game would just be another step on the path to a hopeful Class AAA State Championship.
The Lady Wildcats (34-0) have been on this road before and have actually faced the team they’re playing tonight in the Region 5-AAA final at 7 p.m. at Northeast High’s Eagles Nest, Mt. Juliet, at this same point in 2009.
The Bears won that encounter 44-38, but Clarksville High still managed to get to the State Tournament by dispatching Hillsboro 54-42 in Sectionals (sub state). That unfortunately would be CHS’s last win that year because Memphis Central knock the Lady Wildcats out of the first round of the State Tournament with a 55-50 defeat.
Last year, Clarksville High topped Wilson Central 54-46 in the 5-AAA title game and then manhandled Ravenwood 52-27 in Sectionals. But like the year before, the Lady Wildcats wouldn’t make it out of the first round after losing to Science Hill 52-50.
Clarksville High got to this year’s Region 5-AAA final by beating Rossview for the District 10-AAA Tournament title and then Wilson Central and Station Camp in the first two rounds in 5-AAA.
“We’re excited to be playing in the Region championship for a third year in a row,” CHS guard Tiasha Gray said. “We just want to play hard in the Region championship so we can play one more game at home.”
They now face Mt. Juliet (31-3), District 9-AAA’s regular season and tournament champs, again tonight at 7 p.m. and both teams have earned a spot in Saturday’s Sectionals. If Clarksville High wins, it will host the loser of 11-AAA No. 3 Brentwood- 12-AAA No. 3 Antioch. A loss and CHS travels to the winner of 1-AAA No. 3 Brentwood- 12-AAA No. 3 Antioch.
“What we really liked about winning (the Region championship last year) was the opportunity to host sub state (Sectionals),” CHS coach Brian Rush said. “We got to do that against Ravenwood and we’d love the opportunity to host again.”
“It’s great we’re playing for the Region championship,” CHS center Bashaara Graves said. “We’ve been in this position twice before and we just want to come out and play our hardest like we did against Station Camp.”
About James D. Horne
James D. Horne began his writing career at the Carrollton Missouri Democrat in 1995, and was the assistant sports editor/writer for the Hammond Louisiana Daily Star for two years. In 1998, Horne became the Missouri Basketball beat writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune. He joined The Leaf-Chronicle in Oct. 2003 as the lead prep writer and became the Austin Peay beat writer in March of 2005. During his career he won a state association sports writing award at the Daily Star and two while at the Leaf-Chronicle.
Originally from Tampa, Florida, Horne earned his B.A in communications from Central Methodist University in Fayette Missouri.
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