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Rossview showing toughness synonymous with program


By Jimmy Trodglen


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In the season’s early weeks, Rossview coach Justin Woods had serious questions about his team’s toughness.

The Lady Hawks were sitting 2-2 but lost by 20 points to Stewarts Creek and 18 points to Blackman.

But Woods also knew his team’s character and they would eventually display the toughness that’s become synonymous with the Lady Hawks.

Since their 2-2 start, the Lady Hawks have won 11 of 12 counting their 69-43 win over Northwest Tuesday.

Rossview held a 28-27 lead at the half before pulling away midway through the third quarter. Lady Hawks forward Emma Monson scored eight straight points and the outcome was never in question.

“Emma played well for us tonight and I’m glad that she did, we needed all of them,” Woods said.

Rossview improved to 13-3 overall and 8-0 in District 10-AAA. During their recent stretch, the Lady Hawks have quality wins over Franklin and Cheatham County. Their only loss was a four-point setback to East Nashville.

With District 10-AAA filled with bad girls’ basketball programs, the wins over Franklin and Cheatham County have proven invaluable for the Lady Hawks who are accustomed to playing for region titles.

“This team is really close, they get along well, they’re coachable,” Woods said. “We had some issues early when we played some games that I didn’t think we were very tough. … We didn’t respond well early in the season and since then we have answered.”

Monson finished with 14 points against Northwest, while Brooklyn Thomason hit four 3-pointers in the first half on her way to a game-high 18 points.

Macy Rippy, the latest member of Rossview’s 1,000-career points club, had 14.

“Brooklyn is a streaky shooter and when she’s on she can really light it up,” Woods said. “She got it going pretty good in the first half. We needed all of it. I didn’t like our effort tonight, I didn’t think we were very sharp.

“Northwest did some good things, but I thought a lot of it was self-inflicted for us.”

About Northwest

Tamia Scott paced Northwest with 17 points while Kayla Howell had 15. The loss dropped Northwest to 9-10 overall and 4-3 in 10-AAA. They played a bad Montgomery Central team Thursday.

“They (Northwest) have some good young talent. They’re playing well and they’re well coached,” Woods said. “They have some length and some athleticism, and they do some things that give you problems.”

Jimmy Trodglen, editor, Twitter@Tnsports360

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