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Rossview's Torri James boxes out an opponent. James scored 12 points in the win over Northeast.

The Rossview train continues to roll.

With a 60-31 victory over the Northeast Lady Eagles on Friday night, the Lady Hawks have improved to 13-2 overall and 2-0 in District 13-AAAA.

“I like our team,” said Rossview head coach Justin Woods. “I like the makeup. They’re unselfish, they don’t really care who scores. I think that makes them fun.”

After trailing 4-2 early in the first quarter, Rossview finished the period on an 18-0 run and never trailed the rest of the game.

They got the win by using a healthy combination of offense and defense, as they’ve been doing all season. For the 10th time this season, they held an opponent to 40 points or fewer, while also scoring at least 60 points for the eighth time.

Their offense thrives off its unpredictability. They pride themselves on their ability to get several players in the box score every night, and Friday was no different. Torri James, Sydney-James Desroches and Laci Edwards each scored 12 points, and four other players found their way into the scorebook.

“It’s hard to know who you really want to key on,” Woods said. “If you try to take one or two of our girls away, then somebody else is going to wear you out. We’re pretty balanced – we are most nights. We usually have three or four in double figures.

“We don’t really have anybody averaging 25 or anything, but we have several between eight and 13. I think that’s good to have that balance. And when you rely on one person to do all your scoring, it’s easy to stop you.”

After losing in the district championship game last season, the Lady Hawks have come out with the confidence they had when they were rattling off consecutive titles. They’re back to getting everybody’s best effort and being the ones everybody in Clarksville wants to beat.

“We talk about it, we don’t run from it,” Woods said. “You have to know that you’re getting everybody’s best shot. What you see on film against other teams, that level of effort isn’t going to be there against us.”

One team that always goes hard at Rossview is their biggest rival – Clarksville High. The two teams are set to meet on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Northeast, on the other hand, has struggled mightily. Now 1-14, they’ve lost 12 consecutive games. Five of those have been by single digits.

“We know, in the end, if we’re going to go anywhere, we know what we have to do,” said NEHS head coach Tacie Mason-Blair. “I just tell them we’ll take it one game at a time. Our record doesn’t show how well we are, we’re 1-14 now, but that record doesn’t show how well we’ve been playing. We’ve lost, like, six games within single digits. We got it, we just got to figure it out between now and then.”

Northeast will look to snap their skid on Tuesday when they travel to play Springfield.

BOX SCORE

Northeast Lady Eagles (31): Cierra Bowser 14, Aubrey Hagins 7, Krysonie Mitchell 6, Alayah Smith 2, Adryanna Smith 2.

Rossview Lady Hawks (60): Sydney James-Desroches 12, Laci Edwards 12, Torri James 12, Evie Darnell 8, Aubrey Padgett 8, Emani Collier 5, Jana Darnell 3.

Brady McAtamney is the sports reporter for Main Street Clarksville. The Michigan native graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2019 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism and a Bachelor's of Science with numerous state and college writing awards.

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