Rossview Hawks to face West Creek Coyotes 1 day after big rivalry game
CLARKSVILLE, TN (NOW CLARKSVILLE) – The high school basketball regular season ends Thursday night for the Rossview Hawks and West Creek Coyotes.
The Hawks enter Thursday’s district game with only a few hours off after a Wednesday night showdown with city rivals Clarksville High School. The match was originally scheduled for Friday, February 4, but dangerous weather conditions caused the match to be postponed for five days.
“It’s a shame it got called off,” Rossview boys’ basketball coach Johnny Jackson said. “I felt like our gym would be packed, but you know you’re playing on a Wednesday now. I really think no other game is in town, it’s always going to be packed.
As for West Creek, the Coyotes were looking to play another out-of-district game last week against Creek Wood, but instead received an extra day off ahead of their final two district games against Northeast (Tuesday) and Rossview (Thursday).
“Once you get to the last week of the season, everyone is gearing up for the playoffs and playing someone out of district or region just isn’t beneficial to any of us,” boys’ basketball coach Russell Malone told West Creek about trying to make up for missed out-of-district games.
The Hawks’ road to the playoffs
It’s a story of two different situations for the boys and girls programs at Rossview, but a chance for both teams to bring some gear home after this week. The Rossview women’s basketball team won Monday night to improve to 20-2 and remain undefeated in district play. A win on Wednesday against their home rivals would give the team a regular season district title.
However, the boys need a win over the Wildcats on Wednesday and the Coyotes on Thursday to claim at least a share of the district crown.
Jackson said, “It’s just mental toughness. You have to have guys who understand that even though it’s the regular season and the championships involved, the real prize is once the tournament comes around.
Coyotes aim for higher seed
The Coyotes will have to play for the top seeds in the district tournament. As Clarksville and Rossview battle for those top spots, the Coyotes reflect on their last two games and what a win each day could mean once the tournament begins.
“We are desperately trying to stay out of the four-five game which will be a district qualifier but really a regional tournament qualifier so we want those three seeds and need to get one. the next two in order to get that,” Malone said.
Thursday night showdown
The Hawks and Coyotes have met once this season. Rossview captured that first encounter 92-62 behind an excellent shot.
“We caught them the other night, we were really hot,” Jackson said of the first encounter. “They always shoot well at home, and we have to be ready to keep some experienced players.”
Playing against Rossview again, Coach Malone said: “Since the last game we played they’ve come out physical and aggressive, and I’m not talking in a bad way; they were very clean, very quick in defensive sets. They just hit us hard physically.
The girls will start Thursday night with a tip at 6 p.m., followed by the West Creek High School boys game.