Ranked third in the final Associated Press Class AAA poll of the season, the storied Black-and-Gold program recently completed a “three-peat” of District 5-AAA championships and will be playing in its third straight Region 3-AAA title game this evening.
Looking for its third victory over White County this season, Bradley will also be battling for the right to host their third consecutive TSSAA Sectional Game Saturday evening.
Despite going 59-8 the last two seasons, the Bearettes have come up one win shy of a state tournament berth both times and are hoping this third time will continue to be lucky.
“We’re come close the last two years, but this time we are going all the way (to state),” a confident District 5-AAA Player of the Year Brooke Copeland declared after Monday night’s victory over McMinn County. “We’ve worked too hard in the offseason and all through the year to not get there.”
Regardless of the outcome of tonight’s game Bradley will have a tough row to hoe in the substate Saturday night, facing either top-ranked and unbeaten Riverdale (30-0) or Blackman (26-3), which was tied for fourth in the final AP poll. All three of the Lady Blaze losses have come to defending state champion Riverdale.
Bradley (27-2) has already beaten White County twice this season — 67-50 in Sparta and 55-44 at “The Jim” — and would like to complete the trifecta to be able to host one of the Murfreesboro powerhouses at Jim Smiddy Arena Saturday evening.
White County (21-11) upset District 5-AAA champion Cookeville (22-11) by a 43-32 tally Monday, after dropping a pair of five-point contests to the Lady Cavaliers during the regular season.
After topping 60 points a game six of their first eight outings this season, the Warriorettes had eclipsed the mark just twice since and will look to slow down a Bearette offense that has smoked the nylon for 159 points in its first two region tournament games.
Tip off this evening is set for 7 in the Raider Dome, with all-tournament team honors and region championship and runner-up plaques to be handed out after the contest.