Dyersburg to play fifth-ranked Westview in 13AA semis
After fending off the Lady Rebels on Monday night and assuring themselves at least a trip to the Region 7AA Tournament late next week, the Lady Trojans also earned a berth in the District 13AA semifinals on Thursday night at South Gibson High School in Medina.
But, the road through the tournaments won’t get any easier as the Lady Trojans move on into the district bracket as Dyersburg faces the state’s No. 5-ranked Westview on Thursday night at 6 p.m. in the next round of the tournament.
“It is what it is,” Dyersburg head coach Joel Ayers said. “It’s a battle. I told the kids it’s just the next game.
“And, it’s the biggest game because it’s the next one. We’ve got to fight. We’ve got to compete. Let’s not judge ourselves not so much as what’s on that scoreboard but ‘did we fight?’ and ‘did we compete?’ And, we’ll be satisfied with the outcome if we did those two things.”
Ayers added the plan for the next couple days leading into their matchup with the regular season district champion is simple.
“Practice two days and drive over to South Gibson,” Ayers said with a laugh.
Westivew holds a pair of wins over the Lady Trojans this season – a 51-44 win at Martin on Jan. 17 and a 48-37 win in Dyersburg on Feb. 3.
“They’re really hard to guard,” Ayers said. “Your players have just got to make some plays and those just aren’t on offense, but on defense.
“You’ve got to step up and it’s a challenge. See what you’ve got and try to figure it out.”
In addition to a spot on Saturday night’s 13AA title game, the winner of the semifinal game between the Lady Trojans and Westview will also earn a home game in the first round of the Region 7AA Tournament which is set to begin on Friday, Feb. 24 at satellite gymnasiums. In contrast, the losing team will have to travel to one of the top seeds from District 14AA that night.