It took an extra game, but Centennial’s Lady Cougars and the Independence Eagles have locked in the final spots in the District 11-AAA tourney that opens on the courts of high seeds Friday night.
Their celebration is tempered, somewhat, by the prize they won: a first-round win-or-go-home match with the top seeds, Franklin’s boys and girls.
The Lady Cougars (8-16) kept a positive mojo rolling, grabbing their third win in four games with a dominating 61-15 win over Spring Hill (1-24). Malea Robertson scored 12 of her game-high 19 points in the first quarter as Centennial built a 23-6 lead in the first eight minutes and cruised from there. Ashland Hardin added 11 as nine different players scored in the win.
The Eagles (5-20) had it almost as easy in Thompson’s Station, sending the Raiders (7-18) to the Maury County side of Spring Hill, 67-37. The win puts the defending district tournament champions back into the mix to repeat.
The road for both is equally rocky, though, as they will see each other on Hillsboro Friday night. Centennial will take on the top seeded Franklin girls (24-2) at 6 p.m. in a win-or-go-home contest. The Lady Rebels swept the Lady Cougars this season by 11 and 23 points respectively.
For Indy, it’s a chance to finish what they almost pulled off two weeks ago. With the Rebels (23-4) in their nest, the Eagles took Franklin to heart-stopping 72-70 final.
Friday’s first round features eight games total, with a loss signaling the end of the basketball season. The games are scheduled for play on the floor of the higher seeded team.
6 p.m. No. 8 Centennial (8-16) at No. 1 Franklin (24-2)
7 p.m. No. 7 Independence (8-19) at No. 2 Dickson County (24-3)
6 p.m. No. 6 Page (15-11) at No. 3 Brentwood (19-7)
6 p.m. No. 5 Summit (11-11) at No. 4 Ravenwood (16-9)
7:30 p.m. No. 8 Independence (5-20) at No. 1 Franklin (23-4)
7:30 p.m. No. 7 Page (9-16) at No. 2 Brentwood (21-6)
7:30 p.m. No. 6 Dickson County (13-14) at No. 3 Ravenwood (18-7)
7:30 p.m. No. 5 Summit (13-10) at No. 4 Centennial (14-12)