Archrivals square off Friday night

By | January 10, 2019 7:56 am

When it comes to rivals, one ranks first and foremost for White County High School – Cookeville.

That rivalry has been going on for more than 100 years. The series has had the full spectrum of games over that time. There have been nail-biters, blowouts, defensive battles, shootouts, and everything in between. It’s more than a game, and it’s a bout, a due, something for bragging rights between more than just the players. It’s Sparta vs. Cookeville.

The first of two district meetings between the two neighboring high schools on the basketball court will take place Friday, in Cookeville.

If a bout between rivals is not enough to make for an exciting night, add in the fact that both games, on Friday, figure to have an impact on the District 6AAA standings.

Right now, Cookeville sits at 16-6 on the season but lost their first district game of the season to Rhea County 61-54, on Tuesday night.

The Warriorettes and the Lady Cavs have already faced off once this year in the championship game of the Sonic Shootout. The Warriorettes won that matchup 63-44. The Warriorettes led by 10 at the half but pulled away to pick up the Sonic Shootout Championship win.

During his tenure as head coach, Michael Dodgen has won six of his 10 meetings with Cookeville. Last season, the Warriorettes won both of their matchups against the Lady Cavs.

Cookeville boys come into Friday’s game at 16-6 overall and are 1-0 in the district after defeating Rhea County 69-42, on Tuesday night.

Cookeville struggled opening up their season at 6-5 but has won 10 of their last 11 games, with their only loss coming in the championship game of the Hilton Sandestin Beach Blowout against Lexington, South Carolina.

If history has shown anything about the rivalry between the Warriors and the Cavaliers, it’s that anything can happen. Proof of that fact is last year’s series between the two.  The Cavaliers took down the Warriors in both regular-season matchups winning 57-36, in Sparta, but the Warriors kept it close, in Cookeville, losing 57-55.

However, the Warriors took down the Cavaliers 59-51 in the district tournament semi-final matchup.

The Cavaliers, though, won the first matchup between the two teams this year in the Sonic Shootout Championship game. The Cavaliers picked up the 52-50 win.

After all the facts have been slated and pondered, it can all be thrown right out the window when the two rivals square off.  Bragging rights and pride between neighbors set the stage best when these two teams tangle.

The girls’ game is slated for a 6 p.m. tip time, on Friday night.

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