Bradley upset bid falls short in loss to nationally-ranked Riverdale
Gene Henley Chattanooga Times Free Press
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (TFP) -- Riverdale girls' basketball coach Cory Barrett has a plethora of options when his team needs a basket. Yet with the Murfreesboro team leading Bradley Central by four points in the fourth quarter and the Bearettes riding a wave of momentum, there was only one real option -- Alexa Middleton.
Barrett called a play for the University of Tennessee-bound senior, and she answered with a back-breaking 3-point basket with 2:49 remaining to stretch the Lady Warriors' lead to 65-58. She finished with 20 points in Riverdale's 69-62 victory over the Bearettes at Jim Smiddy Arena.
Shelbie Davenport scored 22 to lead the two-time defending Class AAA champions, who are ranked No. 11 nationally by MaxPreps.
"This early in the season, it was a great game for the fans -- a great game for the state of Tennessee," Barrett said. "A lot of teams don't want to come here to play, but I think when you have a couple of the top teams in the state, you need to play this [game]."