Basketball opens district play with holidays approaching
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
The warm-ups are over for high school basketball teams as district play begins tomorrow night with seven match-ups highlighting the schedule.
The tone for District 11-AAA may well be set in Thompson Station, where Independence will host Ravenwood.
While many coaches have described the season as, “Brentwood and everybody else,” Indy coach Gregory Glass is not ready to play for second.
“They are the pre-season favorite in our district. However, our attitude is to play the game to win and we want to win a district championship ourselves.
“We look forward to the challenge.”
The Eagles pre-district record is a bit deceptive, according to Glass, as most were played without players still contending in football or just back. And, he has a good mix of classes to work with.
“Deion Sims will provide senior leadership and Finis Stribling will bring a lot of fight and energy when he is on the floor. Grayson Murphy (freshman point guard) will be someone that will help us as well this year.”
For the Raptors, the game will be a good test of where they stand after the team was decimated by graduation last year.
“We lost eight of our first nine to graduation,” said Ravenwood coach Patrick Whitlock. “But we’re coming around. Senior Matthew Hailey will carry a lot of the load and Nate Fischbach has played well for us. Brad Neuhaus and Van Jefferson are both starting to contribute.
“We know Indy will play extremely hard, and it’ll take our best effort to win. Starting off the district with a road win would be huge, but we haven’t had a lot of success down there.”
In Rudderville, an old county rivalry is renewed when Fairview travels to Page. The pair met just two weeks ago with the Yellow Jackets taking a 72-65 home win putting four players in double figures.
Trevin Beique (19), Daniel Jones (16), Tyler Branch (15) and Graham Estes (12) all had big nights, countering Dylan White (16), Matt O’Toole (15) and Stewart Ringstaff (14) in scoring. The two teams combined for 18 three-point field goals.
At Franklin, a pair of district debuts will take place.
It will be first district contest for Franklin coach Jamie Wilson, who took over in the off-season.
Wilson is still getting his system in place and the Rebels are looking to improve on a tough pre-district run.
In the other debut, Dickson County returns to District 11-AAA for the first time in several years. The Cougars have skidded through the pre-district schedule and need a solid performance to get into the chase.
District favorite Brentwood opens at home against Centennial. The Bruins are loaded with experienced talent while the Cougars have had mixed pre-season results.
Summit will host Smyrna in a final non-district contest. The Spartans have had a very successful season so far, running up a 4-1 record behind Damonte Williams’ 15 points per game.
Brentwood Academy takes a short trip to face University School of Nashville, while BGA has the long road trip, traveling to Chattanooga to face Notre Dame.
Posted on: 12/5/2013