Page’s girls basketball team won the District 12-AA tournament Saturday, defeating Lewis County 56-40 at Fairview High School.
“It’s the third year in a row and it feels good,” coach Billy Mooney said of reaching the district finals. “You never take it for granted because you never know when you’re going to be able to get back.”
Cat Taylor - the district’s Most Valuable Player in the regular season - led her team with a game-high 24 points and two 3-pointers while Bria White – the tournament’s MVP – added 16 points.
Page advanced to the District 12-AA championship game Friday night, defeating tournament-host Fairview 61-47.
The Lady Patriots locked down a double-digit victory despite fighting foul trouble throughout the contest. White, Williamson County’s leading scorer, sat out the majority of the second quarter after being called for her third foul just two minutes into the period while point guard Allison Wiley was also slowed with two fouls in the first quarter.
Mooney’s bench answered with great production as Page extended a five-point lead to 13 by the end of the half.
“I thought the bench did a great job,” the coach said. “Cassie Rowe and Carli Batsell came in and did a great job. Morgan Nichols hit a couple of big free throws. It’s a “next man up” mentality when the game is being called like that.”
White and Wiley made up for their fouls in the third quarter as the Lady Patriots went on a 13-3 run through the first five minutes of the second half.
“Bria did a great job in the third quarter and Allison handled the ball better,” said Mooney. “We did some nice things (in the third quarter).”
White scored 11 of her 13 points in the quarter – seven coming in a span of less than two minutes.
Mooney warned his squad between quarters of the possibility of a Fairview comeback before his team did what Fairview needed to get back in contention – turning the ball over on offense and not pressuring shooters on the defensive end. With the Lady Patriots in a zone defense to protect themselves from fouls, Fairview cut a 21-point deficit to 12 by the seven-minute mark of the fourth as Tiffany Franks made three-consecutive 3-pointers to bring the score to 48-36.
Taylor led Page with 18 points – shooting 7-of-8 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
Cierra McDonald had a game-high 21 points for the Lady Yellow Jackets, making 11-of-14 from the charity stripe. Franks added 13 points.
Page advances to the District 12-AA championship Saturday at 7 p.m. where they will face Lewis County. Fairview will play Summit in the consolation game at 4 p.m.