The top-seeded Northwest Lady Vikings began their chase for the program’s first district tournament title since 2003 with a 60-30 win over No. 8 West Creek in the D10-AAA quarterfinals.
TaMia Scott paced the NWHS offense with 19 points as the Lady Vikings advanced to their third consecutive Region 5-AAA appearance. Northwest faces No. 4 Henry County in the next round, with the victor being granted home court advantage in the first round of the upcoming region tournament.
“All the attention is on the most important game of the season, which is tomorrow night,” said Lady Vikings head coach Ben Wallace. “Really, it is a super important game. Not to overstate things, but there’s a decided advantage for teams that can win the tournament this year. We want to do that. Of course, Henry County wants to do that, Rossview and Clarksville High want to do that and all four of us have a chance. So, tomorrow is critical for really all four of us. It’s got our total focus.”
Northwest got out to a slow start in its first game since Feb. 12. West Creek attempted to slow the game down in the first quarter, leaving both teams scoreless through the first two minutes of action. A bucket by sophomore Emiyah Cobb broke the seal for the Lady Vikings and led to 13 straight points over the next two minutes. NWHS came out of the first with a 24-2 lead.
Wallace elected to run more of his bench throughout the entirety of the second period. A lack of offensive focus left the Northwest reserves in another scoring drought for the first half of the quarter. Scott scored on an and-one play to ease the offense once more, leaving the Lady Vikings with a 21-point advantage at the break.
NWHS led the rest of the way by as many as 32 even with various substitutions. Northwest came away with the win by the final buzzer, resulting in five straight opening-round victories for the program.
With the loss, West Creek finishes their season at 3-18. Their three victories this year are the most for the Lady Coyotes since 2017. First-year head coach Aaron Keener was able to celebrate a play-in game victory over Montgomery Central a day before Monday’s match, and couples it with wins over Northeast and Kenwood. WCHS only graduates one senior this year in Alexis Parkes, leaving West Creek with a newfound excitement when entering into next season.
“We’re young, we’re going to get a lot better and we’re going to get our skillset to where we can kind of then put pressure on other teams,” Keener said. “They’re going to have to recognize that we’re going to get better and that we’re going to have a little bit of fun next year.”
For the Lady Vikings, their attention now turns to the next two games. Whether they play for a district championship or are vying for a third-seeded ranking is yet to be seen. Either way, Wallace wants his team to focus on bench production and fundamental basketball during a potential run.
“We’re going to have to hit our free throws, we’re going to have to hit our layups, we need to knock a few shots down… and then not turn the ball over,” he said. “I mean, it’s basic basketball. We just need to play basic, fundamental basketball at a high level, that’s what it comes down to.”
Northwest (60): TaMia Scott 19, Emiyah Cobb 10, Kayla Howell 10, Jada Brooks 6, Neighna Dailey 3, Winter Thompson 3, Aneiya Briscoe 2, Nia Bogerty 2, Emagine Harris 2, Catrina Patterson 2, Paris Outlaw 1.
West Creek (30): Malaya Woullard 12, Alexis Parkes 10, Amarachi Chukwuemeka 4, Reagan Fisher 4.