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Hawks separating themselves from tight district race

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By Jimmy Trodglen


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At first glance, District 10-AAA might not look like much of a league. Most of the teams are sitting around .500, with only Rossview separating itself from a frantic race involving the other teams.

Rossview coach Johnny Jackson has been involved in the district long enough to know balance is why everyone is around .500, and separation is essential as the second half of the district race begins.

The Hawks remained the only unbeaten team in District 10-AAA when it held off Northwest 66-61 Tuesday.

Kole Monson hit two timely 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, finishing with a team-high 14. Max Leineweber and Spencer Mimms each had 11.

The Hawks moved to 11-3 overall and 8-0 in 10-AAA. They own a two-game lead over Clarksville High.

“We are proud of the first half of the season going undefeated in the league and anytime you can do that is a big deal,” Jackson said. “But we want to be quiet, we don’t want a bunch of hoopla because we have to continue to get better. We’re not happy with where we are right now.”

About the only thing the Hawks didn’t handle well was free-throw shooting. The Hawks were 15-for-18 from the line in the first half but missed 12 free throws in the second half.

“It’s sort of been like that for the whole year,” Jackson said. “We’re confident that we can finish a game, but we have to do a better job at the free-throw line.”

Rossview has recorded four-straight winning seasons, reaching 25 wins last season. Jackson said the Hawks have grown accustomed to winning and this roster has learned from their predecessors.

“I think this is a special group because they are winners, they’ve been around winners and they’ve never not been in the program when they didn’t have a winning record,” Jackson said. “They’ve only been around winning guys ahead of them. I think they’re following that lead and we’ve got some great leaders.”

Balance scoring

The Hawks hit eight 3-pointers and their balanced scoring has been a keynote of their 11-3 start. Kevonte Perkins and Jahmar Perkins were close to hitting double figures, finishing with nine and eight points, respectively.

“It’s important that the ball keeps moving and it doesn’t get stuck, it doesn’t get stagnant,” Jackson said. “We’re constantly preaching the next pass and this group is unselfish and it (basketball) doesn’t get stuck in one guy’s hands”

About Northwest

Ametri Moss scored a game-high 30 points, hitting three 3-pointers, and Quin Cross had 15 points, hitting five 3-pointers in the second half.

It was the shooting of Moss and Cross that kept the Vikings within reach. And both left an impression on Jackson.

The Vikings are 6-12 overall and 2-5 in the district. The Vikings have dropped three straight by margins of five or fewer points.

“Both of those guys were phenomenal tonight and we have to do a better job of keeping them out of the paint,” Jackson said.

Jimmy Trodglen, editor, Twitter@Tnsports360