CLARKSVILLE – Over the last ten meetings between Rossview and West Creek High School, the Hawks have seemingly figured out the Coyotes.
Rossview was 7-3 in the series since 2016, emerging victorious in both contests last season by an average of seven points.
But on Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Coyotes went against that trend, moving to 3-1 on the season with a 58-54 victory. Rossview fell to 0-5.
“I don’t know if anything has changed from previous meetings, I just know that when this team commits itself to playing defense, they’re really, really good” said West Creek coach Russell Malone. “We got off to a bit of a slow start, and we challenged them. We weren’t perfect with it, but we were good enough to get a win on the road tonight.”
The Coyotes served as road warriors throughout this game, battling with resiliency throughout. They began the game with two consecutive turnovers and had eight team fouls in the first half. Pairing that with a mid-game injury to starting guard Keith Pace made for a rough start.
But missed opportunities for Rossview cost the Hawks. That included poor shooting, and a lack of on-ball pressure made it easy for West Creek to escape with a victory.
“Our staff knows going in that it’s going to be a roller coaster,” Malone said of his team’s resiliency. “We as a staff are thinking two or three steps ahead. We’ve got to teach these guys how to win these ballgames.”
Malone and his crew did just that, as the Coyotes held a single-point lead at halftime and kept the advantage until the final horn. The Hawks had narrowed a once nine-point deficit to three with under a minute to play, but they could not overcome the deficit.
Rossview junior Spencer Mimms scored 21 points, which led all scorers. Forward Kamarie Coffey poured in 15 for the Coyotes, who had four players score at least six points.
West Creek now holds victories over basketball powerhouse Summit and the reigning district champion in Rossivew, a step in the right direction considering the team’s 16-13 finish a season ago. Rossview will travel to Clarksville High (2-2) on Friday still looking for its first win. West Creek will host Springfield (1-5) on Dec. 6.
West Creek (58): Kamarie Coffey 15, Keith Pace 11, Calvonta Shaw 8, Sean Lafortune 7, Blake Westfall 6, TiAnthony Wagner 5, Jordan Ham 4, Charles Dunson 2.
Rossview (54): Spencer Mimms 21, Bryant Rippy 13, Julian Hatfield 8, Logan Prairie 5, Seneca Bradley 3, Eli Colvin 3, KJ Montague 1.