Monday night’s matchup between Stewart County and Northwest featured two of the top teams in Class AAA and AA, respectively. But it was the hot shooting of NWHS’ TaMia Scott that saw the Lady Vikings victorious.
Led by Scott’s 26 points, NWHS bested their opposition 57-43. The win results in the best 10-game start to a season since a 7-3 stretch that began the Lady Vikings’ 2002 season.
“The reality is, they’re pretty good,” said Northwest head coach Ben Wallace. “We needed the competition and it’s a really nice win for us to be able to come down here into their place and get a win. They gave us a battle that we needed.”
The contest was the second D10-AAA opponent that Stewart County had faced this season, the first being a 20-point win in their season opener against Henry County. Lady Rebels’ head coach Gilbert Harper credited NWHS’ athleticism as the biggest difference between the two teams.
“They’re a little bit more athletic,” he said. “With (TaMia) Scott, they have the best player on the court most of the time when they step on the court. The other two guards play really well too, (they) can shoot the ball really well…they’re a good team. They’re a good, athletic team.”
Northwest displayed their length on both ends of the court in the first eight minutes, blocking four Lady Rebels’ shot attempts. Despite failing to connect on each of her first three shots, Scott closed out the first with seven points to give her team an 11-4 advantage.
Stewart County began the second period by scoring seven of the first 10 to trim the deficit to one possession. Northwest immediately responded with nine straight points, and closed out the half with a 19-1 run to go up by 20 at intermission.
The Lady Rebels managed to settle down in the final two periods, however. SCHS outscored the Lady Vikings by six in the second half and dwindled the lead to as little as 10 in the closing moments. But it was too little too late, as Northwest managed to hold on for their ninth win of the year.
Despite their fast start to the season, Wallace believes that there is more to be seen out of his team as the year progresses. The coach compared the Lady Vikings’ success to that of the 2002 season, which was highlighted by the school’s first and only state tournament appearance.
“I don’t know how good we can be. I think that we can be better,” Wallace said. “Why can’t we make a run and go to the state tournament? But, we’ve got a long way to go between there. One of the things that that particular team had was extreme consistency. You could almost write down how many points everybody was going to have before the game ever started and it never changed. It was the same every night and that’s what that team was. I’m not sure our consistency is quite there.
“Honestly, I think that this team has more people that can score. That team… It was well-endowed with players, but the scoring rested with two Division I players. I think that this team – I know TaMia is scoring a lot – but I think that we’ve got more athletes, honestly. We’ll see, I don’t know. I hope we’re as good as that team was.”
Wallace and the Lady Vikings turn their attention to this week’s district road games against West Creek and Clarksville. Meanwhile, Stewart County looks to snap back-to-back losses when traveling to Cheatham County Central on Tuesday.
Northwest (57): TaMia Scott 26, Nia Bogerty 12, Emiyah Cobb 11, Kayla Howell 5, Jada Brooks 3.
Stewart County (43): Kaitlyn Bramlett 23, Rylee Gafford 8, Tori Hale 7, Emma Page 3, Jenifer Diehl 2.