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The Final Horne: Clarksville High Lady Wildcats’ 82-9 win was thrilling to watch, because it’s good to see a team that gets it

Clarksville, TN – I can understand why people would think an 82-9 shellacking is a boring game.

You’d think there’s really no action in a game like that and nothing positive could be gained one way or another.

Well, you’d be wrong.

The 82-9 is the final score of Clarksville High’s Girls District 10-AAA Tournament quarterfinal win over Springfield Thursday night.

The Lady Wildcats, the top seed in the tournament and the state’s third-ranked team, raced out to a 29-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and completely dominated the entire game. And that wasn’t just with CHS’ famed starting five of Tennessee signee Bashaara Graves, Florida signee Chandler Cooper, Mississippi State signee Jessy Ward, Austin Peay signee Tiasha Gray or Tennessee Tech signee Tia Nicholson, who didn’t even play, no the Lady Wildcats’ reserve players were just as intent on putting the peddle to the metal in the 73-point victory.

The entire team was relentless and would not let up.

Clarksville Sports Network (logo white)And what really caught my attention was the look of disdain and absolute disgust on each of the Lady Wildcats when Springfield just attempted a shot, much less when their first one went in with 5:35 left in the second quarter that cut CHS’ lead to 29-3.

These girls were on a mission to destroy and it was wonderful to watch a team that get’s it. A team that understands that you must bury your opponent and especially when your goal is to win a state championship. And believe it or not, the other team respects it, too, because no one wants to be placated

I don’t know how many times I’ve watched a talented team fail to achieve their primary goal because they weren’t focused and have just been flabbergasted by the lack of focus. You’ve seen it happen, too, and been astonished.

But that’s not the case and hasn’t been the case for this Clarksville High Lady Wildcats team.

It’s refreshing to see a team that realizes that everyone they face would love to be the one’s that say, ‘We’re the ones that beat Clarksville High and those five Division I signees!’

They don’t want that to happen and they are determined not to let it.

And it’s a pleasure to watch.

James D. Horne
James D. Hornehttp://www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com/
James D. Horne began his writing career at the Carrollton Missouri Democrat in 1995, and was the assistant sports editor/writer for the Hammond Louisiana Daily Star for two years.  In 1998, Horne became the Missouri Basketball beat writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune. He joined The Leaf-Chronicle in Oct. 2003 as the lead prep writer and became the Austin Peay beat writer in March of 2005. During his career he won a state association sports writing award at the Daily Star and two while at the Leaf-Chronicle. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Horne earned his B.A in communications from Central Methodist University in Fayette Missouri.
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