The District 3-AAA girls regular season championship comes down to one game; Campbell – Oak Ridge.
The game for all the regular season marbles is Friday night at Prudden Court at Oak Ridge. It marks the fourth straight season that these two programs have jockeyed for the first and second place spots.A season ago, CCHS won on Prudden Court while Oak Ridge won on Brown Court, the Lady Cougars home floor. Oak Ridge then won the district tourney title game.
CCHS Head Coach Brad Honeycutt calls it, “A nice little rivalry in 3-AAA that has been amplified the last few years. It seems like it wouldn’t be February if we didn’t have a district-deciding Oak Ridge game coming up.”
Back on November 30 at Brown Gym, Campbell jumped out in front of Oak Ridge by 13 only to hold on for dear life in the closing seconds to win 49 to 48. Campbell is 24 & 2 with a 12 & 0 district mark. For Oak Ridge, the Lady ‘Cats are 23 & 2 and in the district, 11 – 1. CoachT.com lists Oak Ridge state strength rank at 5th versus Campbell’s at third. Schedule strength for Oak Ridge is 43rd and Campbell’s 32nd.
Honeycutt adds, ”I think it will have a different feeling (compared to the first meeting) heading into this one than the last match up. We are a better team and so is Oak Ridge. I think it will be another heavy weight bout with two really good squads trading punches each possession. In the first meeting, we both came out a little frantic and didn’t settle in until the second quarter. It was sloppy basketball at times. I think it’ll be a little better looking basketball game for both teams this time around. I know our girls will be ready and locked in mentally.”
The fifth year coach and two-time district coach of the year notes, “In the first meeting we both came out a little frantic and didn’t settle in until the second quarter. It was sloppy basketball at times. I think it’ll be a little better looking basketball game for both teams this time around. I know our girls will be ready and locked in mentally.”
The WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network has all the live coverage. That’s the telecast on 1450wlaf.com and the radio broadcast over AM 1450 and FM 100.9 beginning at 6 pm Friday. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/31/2019-6AM)