Lady Patriots survive scare in 6-AA opening round
By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
Photo by Tracy Nichols
Two defensive plays made the difference for Page’s Lady Patriots Friday night as they survived the opening round of the Region 6-AA tournament with a 47-44 win over Camden.
Chloe Wiggington made the go-ahead basket with 25 seconds remaining after chasing down a deflected ball from midcourt while Cassie Rowe put the team within reach, tying the game 44-44 with two free throws following a steal of her own 30 seconds prior.
“It was one of those knuckle-down kind of games that we haven’t had in so long,” Page coach Billy Mooney said after the game.
The win extends Page’s win streak to 18 games – the longest of any team in Williamson County this season.
A No. 1 seed coming out of District 12-AA, Page struggled against Camden – the No. 4 seed from District 11-AA – as sloppy ball-handling and a lack of movement on offense caused Page to fall behind 26-17 at halftime.
In addition, Mooney had prepared with an inaccurate scouting report as Camden was able to do things on the court the report said they couldn’t.
“We had to adjust our entire game plan,” he said. “You have to credit Camden for that. They’re such a great free throw shooting team that there is nobody to foul.”
Trailing by as much as 11 in the third quarter, Page got over the shock of being behind and played to win rather than not to lose according to their coach.
“We played most of the game worried – good gosh, if we lose this we’re done instead of winning the game,” said Mooney. “When we decided it was time to win it, that’s when we started making plays.”
Bria White led the Lady Patriots with 15 points while Wiggington added 14.
Kristen Capps had a game-high 18 points for Camden.
Mooney called the win the embodiment of survive and advance. Blessed with a roster full of seniors who made a run to the Class AA sectionals in 2012, experience worked in Page’s favor.
“It was just that refuse to lose mentality that seniors have,” the coach said. “I think that pulled us through.”
Page advances to the semifinals of the Region 6-AA tournament, hosted by Creek Wood, where they will face Cheatham County – a 50-40 winner over Fairview.
Posted on: 2/22/2013