Charly Hutson

Cliff Curd liked the way the Henry County High School girls’ basketball team played except for the last two minutes of each half in Friday’s narrow 49-47 loss at Northwest High School in Clarksville. Northwest remains unbeaten in District 10-AAA play after that game while the Lady Patriots slip to 5-2 in the district and 9-6 overall. The Lady Patriots host two district matchups this week with Montgomery Central visiting on Tuesday and Rossview coming to town on Friday. Girls’ varsity action tips off at 6 p.m. both nights. Attendance remains restrict to only the player’s immediate families that live in the same house. Curd said the Lady Patriots missed an opportunity on Friday at Northwest. “We let that slip away. We led the entire game except the final minute of the first half and the last minute of the game. It just seemed at the end of each half we had too many turnovers. Plays where passes just went through our hands and it happened without a lot of pressure from Northwest. We did it to ourselves,” Curd said. He said Northwest star Tamia Scott was the difference in the game as she scored 30 points. “Even though we lost, our girls should have the confidence that if they just clean up a couple things here and there, then we can beat Northwest. We have dug a little hole where we will need some help if we want to win the regular season district title. We have to win out and have somebody else beat Northwest. Rossview is right there with us and they still have to play Northwest twice or may be somebody else can surprise them,” said Curd. Henry County battled for an 11-10 first-quarter lead at Northwest as Mary Raye Smith scored four points in the opening frame for the Lady Patriots and Averie O’Daniel sank a 3-point shot. Scott heated up to score seven points for Northwest and the Lady Vikings rallied to take a 22-20 lead at halftime. Charly Hutson scored six points for Henry County in the second period. The Lady Patriots recovered to go on a 17-11 scoring run in the third period to reclaim a 37-33 advantage. Hutson poured in eight points in the third quarter while Harlee Veazey made two 3-point shots for Henry County. Henry County held a six point lead early in the fourth quarter, but Northwest stormed back to pull out the two-point win as Scott erupted for 14 points in the fourth quarter to help the Lady Vikings outscore the Lady Patriots 16-10 in the final frame. That was enough to give Northwest the 49-47 victory. Hutson led the Lady Patriots in scoring with 20 points while Smith finished with eight and Veazey scored seven. Avery Cox contributed six points while O’Daniel added four points and Ta’mya Easley hit for two. Scott’s 30 points topped Northwest’s scoring list. Nia Bogerty hit for seven for the Lady Vikings while Emiyah Cobb put in six. Scoring two points each were Kala Howell, Anieya Briscoe and Neighna Dailey. LADY PATS GET JUNIOR VARSITY WIN Henry County rolled to a 48-33 victory in the junior varsity game played on Friday at Northwest. Bayleigh Thompson paced the Lady Patriots in scoring with 16 points while Noe Wilkerson added nine. Brooke Blankenship and Emma Mitchell both hit for seven points. Kylie Perry chipped in five with Jocelyn Lee and Tierra Russell both scoring two points. CURD LIKES LADY PATS CHANCES Curd said he was very proud of how the Lady Patriots had performed this year without the usual summer camps and preseason games to help a young team prepare several new players for the season. “We’ve been in every game except may be in the first week of the season. We have six losses now and they have been to teams that have no losses or just one loss. Our girls are gaining confidence and we are learning what we do well and what we need to improve on,” said Curd. He said playing Northwest tight on the road will give the Lady Patriots more confidence. “We are playing better at both ends of the floor now. We have a very unselfish team that is recording more assists than any team I’ve had. Still, we need to improve our shot selection. We take too many contested shots when one more pass might lead to an uncontested one. Our defense has gotten better, but we still need to rebound the basketball better. We aren’t a big team, so it is going to have to a team effort to get in the right positions to get rebounds,” said Curd. He said if he team makes those improvements, he really likes their chances later in the season. “Like I said, we’ll need some help to win the regular season title, but if we keep improving at the rate we are right now, then I think we are going to be a big factor in the district tournament and may be beyond. I really like the direction these girls are trending and think they have a real chance to do something special,” said Curd.

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