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Friday Night UC Hoops: Cookeville Goes For Perfection

The Cookeville Lady Cavaliers will look to make history tonight in their regular season finale at home against Wilson Central. The Lady Cavs, who have already clinched the top spot in District 9-4A, will finish the season a perfect 26-0 with a win over the Lady Wildcats (3-20). Cookeville has had a week off since beating Mt. Juliet last Friday night for their 25th victory. The Lady Cavs also moved into a tie atop the Class 4A State Rankings with Blackman, earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Regular Season District Champions have yet to be determined in District 7-3A, with some pivotal games on the docket for tonight. Cumberland County and White County will meet on the first of back-to-back nights against one another, with tournament seedings and potential championships hanging in the balance. The White County Warriorettes (21-4, 9-1) need only a win in one of the two games to collect the Regular Season Championship, but victories by the Lady Jets (14-10, 7-3) could give them the title. Livingston Academy (21-5, 8-3) is also still in the mix as they close out the regular season tonight at Stone Memorial.

The Jets (13-11, 7-3) and Warriors (15-8, 6-4) are still contending for the boys’ championship as they go head-to-head, Friday and Saturday. Stone Memorial (16-9, 8-3) will outright clinch the district title with a win over Livingston Academy (13-12, 6-5), Friday night, but a Panther loss leaves the door open for the Jets and Warriors. Stone Memorial does own the tiebreaker over both Cumberland County and White County.

The District 6-1A boys’ championship will be determined tonight, as Van Buren County (15-9, 5-0) hosts South Pittsburg (9-12, 4-1). The Eagles topped the Pirates, 55-52, in their first meeting at South Pittsburg, back on January 21. Whitwell has clinched the girls’ side of the district.

Clay County won both the girls’ and boys’ Regular Season Championships in District 7-1A, while York Institute swept the titles in District 5-2A. Coffee County beat out Warren County for the District 6-4A girls’ district crown, while Franklin County won the boys’ title. Cookeville won the girls’ championship in District 9-4A, while Lebanon claimed the boys’ crown.

The Cookeville boys (14-13, 4-3) are in a three-way tie with Green Hill and Wilson Central for second place entering the last night of district play. The Cavaliers play Wilson Central (9-14, 4-3), while Green Hill (18-5, 4-3) takes on last place Mt. Juliet (3-22, 0-7). Green Hill owns the tiebreaker over Cookeville.

Here’s a look at tonight’s games involving Upper Cumberland teams:

Wilson Central at Cookeville
Cumberland Co. at White Co.
DeKalb Co. at Upperman
Sequatchie Co. at Jackson Co.
Livingston Academy at Stone Memorial
South Pittsburg at Van Buren Co.
Bledsoe Co. at York Institute

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