Three local girls teams play tonight in regional openers

The three Wilson County girls basketball teams still alive in the post season are closer to reaching their respective state tournaments than perhaps they even realize.

Three wins, two in a row in the region tournament, followed by a victory in the TSSAA sectional means a berth in the 2012 BlueCross Basketball Champions at MTSUs Murphy Center. Region tournament play opens tonight with three teams in action -- two on the road and one at home.

Watertown High will take the long trip to Gainesboro to play powerful Jackson County High in the Region 4A opener. The Tigerettes enter tonights contest 18-13 overall following Mondays 48-35 loss to Red Boiling Springs in the District 8A consolation game.

The JCHS Lady Blue Devils sport a record of 23-6 after downing Clay County 62-51 in the District 7A title game.

Wilson Centrals Lady Wildcats have perhaps the toughest assignment tonight as they travel to Montgomery County to take on undefeated (32-0) Clarksville High at William Workman Gym.

Clarksville defeated Rossview 64-29 in the District 10AAA championship game -- extending a district winning streak of 74 consecutive games.

Class AAA Miss Basketball finalist Bashaara Graves is headed to the University of Tennessee while two other teammates are also SEC-bound -- Jessy Ward to Mississippi State and Chandler Cooper to Florida.

Wilson Central dropped to 18-9 on the season following a 45-38 loss to Beech Monday in the District 9AAA consolation game.

Wilson Central head coach Bud Brandon will not be on the bench tonight. The 51-year old coach underwent a surgical procedure Tuesday morning at Nashvilles Baptist Hospital to address a situation with his hearts electrical system. He was resting at home Thursday afternoon and is on the road to recovery.

Mt. Juliets Lady Bears will be at home tonight as they take on Kenwood High, the No. 4 team out of the District 10AAA tournament.

Mt. Juliet stands 29-3 overall after whipping Station Camp 57-32 in Mondays District 9AAA finals at Wilson Central High.

The Lady Bears have now won the district tournament three consecutive times. Kenwood (9-15) dropped a 57-41 decision to Dickson County in the 10AAA consolation game.