On Jan. 5, the Clarksville Academy Lady Cougars shut all doors for a heart-to-heart team meeting.
The squad was coming off its fourth loss in five games and needed to reset minds before returning to district play on Jan. 7 at home against Donelson Christian Academy.
“As much as coaches want to keep the girls accountable and the girls wanting to keep the girls accountable, just talking about some things,” said Clarksville Academy head coach Charles Clark. “I thought that was a big step forward in our program this week.”
The talk – and their recent competition against high-level foes – appeared to pay off, as the Lady Cougars welcomed the Lady Wildcats into Proctor Court with a 63-38 drubbing. The point total is tied for their highest single-game total all season.
Both baskets were seemingly sealed at the start of the night as neither squad could get many shots to drop, but the Lady Cougars went on a massive run to end the first eight minutes up 20-2. The second period was almost as dominant, and they took a 40-10 advantage into the break.
“We knew coming in, [DCA] shoots the ball really well at a high clip, and they run a motion offense,” Clark said. “Coming in, we wanted to make sure we put a lot of pressure on the ball and do it without fouling and make sure our rotation was down. I thought that set the tone.”
The lead was built on a combination of forced turnovers turned easy buckets and misses by the Lady Wildcats. Donelson Christian went 2-for-10 from the charity stripe in the first half and made four field goals all together.
“I told the girls, although it’s 20-2 at the end of the first quarter, actually I think it was about 0-0 the first couple minutes,” said Donelson Christian head coach Karen Singer. “Sometimes you don’t look so good when you miss open shots, and I feel like that happened to us in the first quarter.
“Obviously, their defense is really tremendous, and it’s a great opportunity for us to find out how to work against a press and that type of thing.”
The Lady Wildcats set out to win the third period and did it, outscoring the hosts 17-9. However, the lead was too much to overcome in the final eight minutes.
Donelson Christian typically relies on Sara McGlasson, one of the district’s leading scorers, to pave the way offensively, but she was held to just a single point in the game. Conversely, 11 different Lady Cougars scored at least two points.
Currently 4-0 in DII-A District 4, the Lady Cougars faced Goodpasture on Jan. 8 in an attempt to secure sole possession of first place. Donelson Christian dropped to 1-3 and returned home to play Ezell-Harding on Jan. 8.
Clarksville Academy (63): Diamond Bryant 11, Nicole Currie 9, Jayden Adolphin 8, Atyia Moss 8, McKenna Phillips 6, Makayla Artis 5, Shinae Jackson 4, Cetera Warren 4, Savannah Prather 3, Mallory Lehman 3 and Shay Conn 2.
DCA (38): Jaylee Lopez 12, Bailey Shepard 9, Adrianna Dawson 8, Anaya Dawson 2, Haley Montes 2, Heather Scales 1 and Sara McGlasson 1.
DCA girls defeat Ezell-Harding
The Donelson Christian girls’ team picked up a big district win Jan. 8, defeating Ezell Harding, 67-40.
Sara McGlasson, who scored 15 points on the night, led DCA, as well as Adrionna Dawson who dropped 14. Bailey Shepard’s three three-pointers gave her 13 points, and Jaylee Lopez pitched in 10 points as the Lady Wildcats had four players score in double figures in what was one of their most balanced scoring efforts of the season.
The Lady Wildcats will continue their season next week as they play two home games against Mt. Juliet Christian Academy on Jan. 13 and Goodpasture Christian School on Jan. 15.