A busy, basketball week wrapped up Saturday with four Upper Cumberland teams still playing in their respective divisions at the Tampa Bay Invitational in Florida. Two of those teams – the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers and the Warren County Lady Pioneers – are bringing championship hardware with them back to Tennessee.
The Lady Cavaliers led most of the way against Colonial, FL, on Saturday, but had to hold on for dear life in the final period for a 52-50 victory. Cookeville led by 16 at the half and held an eight-point advantage heading into the fourth, before Colonial made a run. Emma Webb and Bailey Gillies led the Lady Cavaliers with 11 points each. With the win, Cookeville claimed the Clearwater Beach division championship at the Tampa Bay Invitational, and remains undefeated on the season at 16-0.
Meanwhile, the Warren County Lady Pioneers easily put away Braden River, FL, 77-29, to win the Pass-a-Grill division at the Invitational. The Lady Pioneers (14-2) head back to Tennessee riding a 10-game winning streak.
The third Upper Cumberland team looking to bring a home a Tampa title fell short in their efforts. The Cumberland County Lady Jets dropped a 55-52 heartbreaker to Providence Christian Academy of Murfreesboro in the championship game of the Treasure Island division. The Lady Jets (8-7) claimed second place in their division, while the Cumberland County Jets (5-9) won third place with a 68-57 victory over Atlantic Shores Christian, VA in the Lido Key Beach boys’ division.