Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
girls basketball team left no doubt that it deserves the No. 2 national ranking in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25
with a decisive 55-42 victory on Friday night over No. 9-ranked Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.). It marked the 43rd consecutive victory for the Warriors.
Read Mitch Stephens' column on the emergence of Murfreesboro, Tenn. as a girls basketball hotbed
Middle Tennessee State University signee Tyisha Petty
helped nail down Blackman's first loss by sinking six straight free throws in the final 40.3 seconds to finish with a game-high 19 points. The free throws were significant, because Blackman had trimmed a 21-point third-quarter deficit to 49-40 with 1:03 left. Olivia Jones
added 14 points and Alexa Middleton
had 13.Alex Johnson
and freshman point guard Crystal Dangerfield
paced Blackman with 12 points each.
Blackman coach Chad Hibdon credited Riverdale's pressure defense with forcing hurried shots, which ultimately led to his young team's 23 percent shooting on 13-of-57 from the field.
The near capacity crowd (2,200) prompted Riverdale coach Cory Barrett to tell the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal
, "The crowd was unbelievable. You wish every night could be like that as far as the crowd. Everybody from Murfreesboro and surrounding areas, we appreciate you coming. And I'm sure Blackman does with their ticket sales."