It’s true that all quarters count the same. 20 points in the first quarter is the same as 20 points in the third. However, sometimes, the final period can mean more and go a longer way to securing a victory.
That was true for the Northwest Lady Vikings on Tuesday. They were outscored or tied each of the first three quarters and went into the fourth quarter with a nine-point deficit to the Clarksville Lady Wildcats.
Then, they outscored their foes 20-3 in the fourth and walked out of CHS with a 53-45 victory in an early season district game.
The run was a perfect storm for the Lady Vikings, as they turned up their approach in the final eight minutes right as the Lady Wildcats were licking their wounds.
Starters Mya Collins and Nariah Nicholson left the game early in the fourth with five fouls and an ankle sprain, respectively, right as Northwest turned up their man-to-man, full-court press for the first time all night. The two dynamics gave the rejuvenated Viking defense plenty of opportunities to prey on a tired, short-staffed Clarksville unit.
“We don’t feel like we’re in really great game shape yet, and so we want to press because that’s what we do, so we ran a zone press and played a zone to conserve fouls and conserve energy, and then in the fourth quarter, it’s all out man-to-man,” said Northwest coach Ben Wallace. “We were down nine to start the quarter, and we probably waited too late, really. I knew if we could get to the game to the pace that we wanted to play, we had a chance.
“Honestly, what we want to be is the whole game the way we were in the fourth quarter. That’s the goal, we’re just not quite there yet. That’s a game plan that’s going to work for us this year.”
Lady Viking Tamia Scott was the driving force behind Northwest’s victory, scoring 24 points with nine in the final quarter.
Despite the collapse and defeat, Clarksville coach Brian Rush is not worried about the state of his team. Instead, he sees only the positives that can be drawn out.
“I think it’s how you grow as a team,” Rush said. “This is still early in the year, we had a chance to play some young players in key minutes, and they learned tonight. I think it only builds confidence, games like this, to have kids to have film to go back and look at. I think we (will) grow from this game.”
Northwest (53): Tamia Scott 24, Emijah Cobb 9, Madison King 9, Zay Freeman 5, Kayla Howell 2, A’nieya Briscoe 2, Nia Bogerty 2.
Clarksville (45): Sydney Weatherford 16, Erin Lackey 11, Nariah Nicholson 6, Mya Collins 5, Macy Brown 4, Alexis Wimberly 3.