The Riverdale Lady Warriors will battle Houston Saturday for their third straight Class AAA State Championship after defeating Bearden 77-59 in the semifinals at MTSU's Murphy Center.
Senior Amanda Whittington, a MTSU signee, led the team with 20-points, five rebounds and three steals. Coach Randy Coffman says his players don't get caught up with who is having a big game:
Riverdale had a number of transition scores against Bearden, something Coffman says his team has tried to do in every game this season:
With Houston's 52-49 win over Bradley Central, Riverdale will face the Lady Mustangs for the state championship. Riverdale senior Brinae Alexander was asked after her team's win what it would be like playing against other top rated girls players. The Lady Bears with Kentucky signee and Miss Basketball Rhyne Howard or Jayla Hemingway of Houston, a junior ranked 13th nationally:
Seniors Brinae Alexander, Alexis and Amanda Whittington talk about playing in their last game as a Lady Warrior:
Coach Coffman talks about what it will mean to have this team for one more game:
Riverdale, which has an amazing 24-2 record in state tournament games, is looking for their third consecutive state championship Saturday against Houston. It's their ninth trip to the state tournament and also their ninth trip to the championship game since 1979. They're seeking their seventh state championship since 2007.
Pregame coverage with Bryan Barrett and Jon Dinkins on State Farm Prep Sports begins at 12:45pm with a 1pm tipoff from MTSU's Murphy Center.