Murfreesboro — Upset fever struck the TSSAA District 9A Tournament Friday. Over the course of the first four games, Forrest (#2), Huntland (#3) and Eagleville (#4) all fell to lower seeded teams to create a second round scenario no one expected.
With just two District 9A wins in the regular season, the #7 Community Viqueens (2-12, 9-16) delivered the biggest upset of the night beating the #2 Forrest Lady Rockets (10-4, 15-13) by six. The final score was 36-30.
The upset ended Community’s 19-game losing streak to Forrest that dates back to 2004. The Lady Rockets have not been sent home in the first round of the District Tournament since the 2001-02 season when they were beat by Huntland.
Other upsets happened in seemingly more even match ups. The #5 Cascade Lady Champions (7-7, 16-11) edged out #4 Eagleville (8-6,14-12), who owned Cascade in the regular season — beating them twice. But on Friday, Cascade came out with an aggressive, up tempo game plan that allowed them to lead by as much as 11 points in the second quarter.
Eagleville battled back in the second half but it wasn’t enough. They fell to Cascade 59-55 to end their season.
The #3 Huntland Lady Hornets (8-6, 16-11) and #6 MTCS Cougars (7-7, 16-11) enjoyed identical regular season records but on Friday, the Cougars earned an impressive 15 point win over the Lady Hornets. The final was 55-40.
Number one seed Moore County (14,0, 28-3) was the only team to perform as expected — easily beating #8 Fayetteville City (0-14,3-19) by a 61-34 margin on Friday night.
Four different MCHS players swished double digit numbers: Sarah Raby (16), Rachel Garland (14), Erica Limbaugh (12) and Kelsey Camp (10).
Other contributing Raiderettes were Erin Thomas (4), Whitney Lemmons (3) and Savannah Williams (2).
On Monday, girls’ action starts again: #1 Moore County will face #5 Cascade at 6 p.m. and #7 Community will take on #6 MTCS at 7:30 p.m. to decide the players of the championship match up.
The remaining four teams earn the right to move on to the Region 5A Tournament.
All District 9A tournament games are being held at MTCS in Murfreesboro.