Page’s Lady Patriots advanced to the Region 6-AA championship game with a 66-45 win over Cheatham County Monday night in Dickson County.
The No. 1 seed coming from District 12-AA, Page jumped to a 20-14 advantage after the first quarter and continued to extend their lead throughout.
Chloe Wiggington had a game-high 22 points for Page while Cat Taylor added 21 points and three 3-pointers.
The win advanced Page to Wednesday’s title game against Creek Wood – a 48-45 winner against Lewis County in the semifinals.
Creek Wood, the tournament host, got a game-high 24 points from Rachel Bell in the three-point win.
Page defeated Lewis County 56-40 Feb. 16 for the District 12-AA title. It was their third double-digit victory over the Lady Panthers this season.
The Lady Patriots reached Monday’s semifinal thanks to two defensive plays in Friday’s 47-44 quarterfinal 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 extended 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.”