In recent memory, not many 4th place finishers from District 10AAA upset the District 9AAA Champion in the first round of the Regional Tournament. In the first 3 minutes of the game Wilson Central’s faithful was wondering whether the Kenwood Lady Black Knights from Clarksville Tennessee would defy odds and pull the upset. Kenwood rolled into Wilson Central approximately 45 minutes prior to tip off and as previously stated the Blue and Gold crowd supporting the Lady Wildcats had the early jitters as did the Lady Wildcats. The Black Knights hit their first three 3-point shots of the game and later hit a layup and foul shot to lead Wilson Central early. With the score 9-5 and Kenwood leading, it appeared that the night would be a little more intense than previously anticipated. This was all in the first 2-3 minutes of the quarter until Wilson Central got on track defensively and held Kenwood to 12 points in the quarter. At the same time, Addison Byrd, Piper Elrod and Lindsey Freeman, on their way to scoring in double digits, went to work. By the end of the 1st quarter WC had doubled the score and led 24-12 behind Byrd’s 14 points in the quarter. The second quarter continued much like the last 4 minutes of the 1st as the Lady Wildcats continued to hold a shooting clinic for the spectators. The second quarter saw Piper Elrod shooting 4 times—hitting all 4 shots all of which were from behind the arc to score 12 points herself, the same amount as Kenwood scored in all of the first quarter. Byrd scored 19 for the game while Piper Elrod notched 15, Lindsey Freeman 13 and Taylor Tucker 9 to lead the way for the Lady Wildcats who staged a 38-9 run in the first and second quarter to go to the locker room leading 50-21.
In the third, Piper Elrod hit her fifth 3 point shot after which Head Coach John Wild called timeout and pulled the starters for the remainder of the game. The “reinforcements” were then called on to complete the remainder of the contest seeing the rest of the “future Lady Wildcats” finish out the game. Anna Altman and Dottie McSpadden each hit 2 of their own 3 point shots to finish with 6 points each. Wilson Central winning it’s 30th game against 2 defeats will now qualify for the Semi-final game of the Region 5AAA tournament.
With the win over Kenwood, the Lady Wildcats advance to play in the most important contest of every basketball season the Regional Semi-finals. The winner of the game guarantees itself at least two more games and more importantly a chance to advance to the state tournament in the “Sub-state Sectional” game on Saturday March 4. To qualify for the Regional Championship game the Lady Wildcats will have to win on Monday Feb 27 at Lebanon High School against the Rossview Lady Hawks who defeated Beech handily 65-38. Wilson Central defeated Rossview 36-21 back on Dec 21. Since that loss, Rossview has gone 12-5 and will be looking to win their 20th game of the season against the Lady Wildcats. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30pm which follows the 6:00 semi-final game between Station Camp and Clarksville High School.