STORY BY CHIP CIRILLO | PHOTOS BY DEB SCALLY
Earning the top seed takes on an added significance in a league like District 11-AAA.
Just ask Page coach Ron Brock, whose team clinched the district title with a 60-46 win at Ravenwood on Tuesday night.
“Oh, it’s huge, especially in this district because if you have to play anybody else – anybody else can beat you,” Brock said. “In the top seven, you play anybody and they can get you. Independence all the way up to Brentwood or whoever.”
Page (25-3, 14-1 District 11-AAA) will host the winner of the play-in game between the No. 8 and 9 seeds in its first tournament game on Valentine’s Day.
Junior post Olivia Wilson led the Lady Patriots with 19 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
“I don’t know if we all knew we could come this far,” Wilson said. “I think we all had this goal in mind and now that we’ve reached it, it’s just, like, wow.”
Trevecca signee Faith Wilken, Page’s career scoring leader with 1,936 points, added 16 and five steals.
“She does everything well,” Ravenwood guard Jazmyn Harmon said. “She’s a player that I really look up to. She can dribble, she has handles, she can shoot, she can get to the basket at will. There’s not something that she has a weakness in, in my opinion.”
Harmon, an Alabama-Birmingham commit, led Ravenwood (13-9, 9-6) with 24 points and Lexi Erickson added 11, including three 3-pointers.
Page, which hasn’t lost since Dec. 11 at Dickson County, extended its win streak to 16 games. The Lady Patriots made 10 3-pointers, including seven in the first half.
Ravenwood fell behind 25-9 after the first quarter and played catch-up the rest of the way.
The Lady Raptors cut the gap to 50-43 midway through the fourth quarter, but that was as close as they got.
“They’re the No. 1 team in the district,” Ravenwood coach Mariska Harris said. “You can’t dig yourself a hole against a really good team. We’ve got to find a way to start off stronger.”
Ravenwood had won six of its previous seven.
“I think our defense is better than our offense,” said Brock, who coached Ravenwood from 2008-13. “We had trouble containing Jaz, but I think everybody probably does. We knew she was going to get her points, but we shut everybody else down.”
Page used two zone defenses and a man-to-man to contain Ravenwood, which is in fourth place in the district.
Page hosts Summit on Friday in its regular-season finale.
Ravenwood hosts Nashville Central Christian on Friday.