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Lady Raiders take sole possession of 11-AAA lead

By Chris Yow

SPRING HILL — Any great heavyweight bout begins with the two fighters feeling one another out for a round or two. For the Summit and Spring Hill girls basketball teams, that was the entire first quarter.

From there, however, the Lady Raiders were throwing haymakers, scoring 21 unanswered points en route to a 52-33 win. 

Spring Hill improved to 11-4 on the year and 6-0 in District 11-AAA, where they now sit alone atop the standings with a perfect 6-0 record. The Lady Raiders handed Summit its first district loss of the year.

That win eclipses Spring Hill’s district wins total from the previous four seasons combined (4-12, 1-15, 0-13, 0-12). 

“It’s certainly better being on this side of it,” coach Matt Horton said. “But we’ve got six or seven tough games in a row we have to get ready for.”

Cole Alderson and Prairie Stedman worked against Summit’s Ellie Colson for much of the game, and though Alderson played through foul trouble the duo were able to limit the Eastern Illinois signee’s impact. Colson finished with just 10 points, including only two in the second half.

“I know (Summit) coach (John) Wild likes to run it through the post, but our game plan didn’t focus on any one player,” Horton said. “They’re all good.”

That defense was on full display as the first quarter came to an end and into the second quarter, as the Lady Raiders went on a 21-0 run before Colson finally found a bucket with 2:22 to go in the frame. Colson then hit a pair of free throws and another lay up to help her team end the first half on a 6-0 run of their own. 

Spring Hill led 27-14 at the break.

“We came up empty on our last five drives of the first half,” Horton said. “We have some things we still have to fix.”

In the third quarter, Spring Hill was content to hold the ball and run some clock, but the Spartan women clawed back with an aggressive defensive output. Summit was able to cut the lead to as close as 29-24 by the end of the quarter and 35-30 in the fourth, but the Lady Raiders were deadly from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, hitting 11-of-13 from the line, and closed the game on a 15-2 run to finish. Horton was impressed with the second-half effort, considering his team was playing their second game in as many nights.

“We had a tough game against Dickson County (on Tuesday), and the way we were able to fight through the second half, I was really proud of our team,” he said.

Summit will have a chance to avenge this loss on Friday at home, as they host Spring Hill. 

Summit rides balanced offense to win

All but one member of the Summit boys got in the scorebook on Wednesday, as the Spartans cruised to a 70-39 win at Spring Hill.

An 18-point effort — behind four 3-pointers — from Konata Werts and 16 from Bradley Stewart were the standout performances for the Spartans, who improved to 4-3 in 11-AAA play with the win. No other Summit player scored more than seven points. 

Summit jumped out to a quick lead and led 14-4 at the end of the first quarter and 34-18 at the break. A 23-point outburst in the third sealed the deal for the Spartans.

Spring Hill girls 52, Summit 33

S 6 8 10 9 33
SH 5 22 2 23 52

Summit (33) – Delaney Noe 5, Bergen Allee 8, EK Bratton 3, Cydney Wright 3, Ellie Colson 10, Nicole Rizane 4
Spring Hill (52) – Kat Carter 2, Cole Alderson 12, Prairie Stedman 16, Belle Brashear 6, Sierra Stedman 12, Jeyce Brashear 4
3-pointers – Summit 4 (Noe, Allee 2, Bratton), Spring Hill 3 (B. Brashear 2, S. Stedman)

Summit boys 70, Spring Hill 39

S 14 20 23 13 70
SH 4 14 12 9 39

Summit (70) – Andrew Smith 5, Destin Wade 3, Bradley Stewart 14, Tre Hunter 6, Dominick Hollis 4, Konata Werts 18, Brady Pierce 7, CJ Jones 2, Aden Byrd 3, Tanner Shake 1, Marcus White 2, Graham Schneider 2, Alex Pollard 3
Spring Hill (39) – Jayden Davis 9, Ricola Alderson 2, Brytten Georges 12, Jaylen Rucker 10, Quintaveous Simmons 4, Blake Smith 2
3-pointers – Summit 8 (Werts 4, Steward 2, Pierce, Pollard), Spring Hill 5 (Georges 4, Davis)

Photos by Chris Yow / SM-Tn Sports

No. 2 Summertown ‘Weathers’ 27-point performance for win

By Maurice Patton

SUMMERTOWN – Neither team’s coaching staff was looking to overstate the importance of a January decision following Summertown’s 57-48 District 12-A win against visiting Loretto.

Especially in light of recent history.

“The past few years, we’ve met four or five times,” Lady Mustangs assistant Kelli Weathers said following the loss, the second in as many games for the state’s No. 3 team in Class A – according to this week’s Associated Press poll – after a 10-1 start.

“You don’t just feel like the first game is the way the season will end.”

Summertown (16-3, 4-0) threatened to pull away early, getting six 3-pointers in the opening half and looking to take a nine-point cushion into the locker room before Laney Weathers took a step across halfcourt and beat the buzzer with a trey to make it a 26-20 game.

After intermission, though, the second-ranked Lady Eagles extended the margin to as many as 15 points – largely behind junior post Katie Burdette, who scored six of her 12 points in the first two minutes of the third quarter.

“We love ‘paint touches’, in the halfcourt or in transition,” Summertown coach Catie Embrey said. “They did a good job trying to keep us out of the paint early. But we were fresher; we were able to go deeper into our bench and to go back to our starters late and get those touches.”

Loretto (11-4, 3-1) managed to get the deficit inside double digits as Karly Weathers scored 15 of her game-high 27 points in the final period, but never trailed by fewer than eight points.

“We like to play fast. They made us give (the ball) up early in transition, and we never had enough confidence to get it to the back (of their defense),” coach Weathers said. “And we gave up way too many uncontested 3s. We had a goal of how many we wanted them to score, and they exceeded that.

“When you don’t get done what you want on offense or defense, that’s a bad recipe.”

Hailey Jones led Summertown offensively with 13 points, with the hosts connecting on eight treys for the night.

“I think it’s a blessing to have two programs of that caliber, to get to prepare and compete against each other, in the same county,” Embrey said. “It highlights girls basketball. I love it.

“It still won’t be the last time we’ll meet. I’m sure we’ll see each other over and over and over … But seeding matters this year, so there’s a little more incentive for regular-season play.”

The two teams are scheduled to play Feb. 5 at Loretto.

Summertown 57, Loretto 48

L 10 10 6 22 – 48
S 13 13 13 18 – 57

Loretto (48) – Madelin Tidwell 2, Karly Weathers 27, Laney Weathers 3, Kensey Weathers 4, Shelby Fisher 10, Emily Cozart 2
Summertown (57) – Kaley Campbell 8, Jenna Brazier 8, Hailey Jones 13, Rylee Long 5, Katie Burdette 12, Ansley Burleson 9, Karlie Campbell 2
3-pointers – Loretto 3 (Ka. Weathers 2, L. Weathers), Summertown 9 (Kl. Campbell 2, Brazier 2, Jones, Long, Burleson 3)

Photos by Vanessa Beach / SM-Tn Sports

Trio of third-quarter treys sparks host Eagles’ victory

By Maurice Patton

SUMMERTOWN — A back-and-forth Top 10 affair seesawed one final time Tuesday night, as host Summertown scored the final 11 points of the third quarter and rode that wave to a 58-47 win over visiting Loretto in District 12-A play.

“We just made some shots,” Eagles coach Wes Long said. “We’d gotten some of those same looks in the first half. We just made a few shots and got some stops.”

Minus Xavier Young and Tabias Sirmones, each of whom got into foul trouble in the first half, No. 8 Summertown (13-4, 4-0) took a 36-35 lead on a Skylar Trousdale 3-pointer with 2:50 remaining in the third period.

Gavin Burleson added a 3 at the 2:16 mark, followed by a Grant Burleson trey a minute later, and – after a Loretto turnover – Zane Akins scored in transition with 14 seconds left to make it a 44-35 game heading into the final frame.

“I think they wanted it a little bit more,” Mustangs coach Greg Tipps said. “They did a really good job. They deserved to win.

“Foul trouble wasn’t our friend, but we didn’t play well.”

Sirmones helped third-ranked Loretto (9-3, 3-1) to a 10-8 lead by the end of the opening quarter. The hosts answered and led 25-22 at halftime, but found themselves trailing again prior to the decisive flurry.

“Loretto’s a great team,” Long said. “They’re physical, they’re tough. They’ve earned everything they’ve gotten. It’s been really tough the last few years to compete with them. It’s going to be a dogfight every time we play.”

Shaler Hankins and Brendan Tipps scored 13 points each to lead Loretto. Grant Burleson finished with a game-high 16 points for Summertown.

“It’s a great win, but when it’s all said and done, we’ve still got to play them again, we’ve still got Perry County,” Long said. “We can’t feel too good about it for too long. We’ve got to go back to work the next day.”

Summertown 58, Loretto 47

L 10 12 13 12 – 47
S 8 17 19 14 – 58

Loretto (47) – Omar Joyner 3, Clint Seymore 3, Shaler Hankins 13, Xavier Young 8, Brendan Tipps 13, Tabias Sirmones 7
Summertown (58) – Skyler Trousdale 14, Zane Akins 2, Jake Smith 2, Grayson Burleson 6, Gavin Burleson 13, Grant Burleson 16, Kaden Trotter 5
3-pointers – Loretto 2 (Seymore, Tipps), Summertown 6 (Trousdale 3, Gt. Burleson 3)

Photos by Vanessa Beach / SM-Tn Sports

CPA avenges loss to Bulldogs in convincing fashion

By Chris Yow

NASHVILLE — It was like deja vu all over again for Columbia Academy.

The Bulldogs (12-2, 7-1) fell victim to a sharpshooting Christ Presbyterian Academy (14-3, 8-1) on Tuesday behind 16 Lions 3-pointers, culminating in an 87-59 road loss.

This is the second year in a row where the Lions have avenged an earlier loss with a convincing win. Earlier this season, Columbia Academy got a home win 88-83 over the Lions.

Last season, CPA avenged a 15-point December loss with a 24-point win later in the season and another in the district tournament.

Columbia Academy’s Will Jackson opened the game with a trey, and the Lions immediately called a timeout. The Bulldogs kept the game tight early, going on several runs, but trailed 16-14 at the end of the first quarter.

That’s when CPA found the hot hand.

Outscoring Columbia Academy 24-14 behind four 3-pointers, the Lions found little resistance from their rim.

“We tried everything we had, and when they’re shooting it like that, they’re tough,” CA coach Marty DeJarnette said. “We knew that coming in.”

With the pace of play as quick as it was early in the game, DeJarnette felt his team didn’t contest shots quick enough to disrupt the Lions’ rhythm.

“We gave them too many rhythm threes,” he said. “We didn’t have quite the jump we needed to get out on them.

“Playing them in this gym is tough. We knew that coming in.”

One of the most glaring and consistent issues for Columbia Academy in the game was the inability to find the bottom of the net from near the rim. Missed lay ups turned the game into a shooting contest, and the Lions rarely missed.

“We struggled from all over the place. We hit some threes for a while, but if you get into a 3-point shooting contest with these guys, you gotta have some buckets,” DeJarnette said.

Coming out of the break, CPA guard Braeden Moore caught fire. The 6-8 junior poured in 13 of his game-high 27 points, including three long-balls to help his team pull away for good with a 26-14 scoring advantage in the frame.

“Credit to them, they played great tonight and deserved to win,” DeJarnette said. “I’m proud of the way our guys played, too. It was just their night.

“Our guys are resilient. They’re probably disappointed because they know we can play better, but (CPA) played at a high level tonight.”

Lady Lions stifle CA offense in win
With a quick pressure defense and successful transition offense, CPA made quick work of Columbia Academy with a 68-35 home win.

The Bulldogs had no answer for CPA’s in-your-face defense, and struggled to find open looks at the basket the entire game. CA’s Madi Lewis was the only Lady Bulldog to score more than four points in the game, while CPA had three in double figures and 11 of its players score.

CPA jumped out to an 18-10 lead after the first quarter and outscored the Lady Dogs 15-5 in the second to take a commanding 33-15 lead to the locker rooms.

A 16-10 advantage in the third could have been worse, but the Lady Lions were just 5-of-11 from the stripe in the quarter.

Conversely, the Lady Lions were a solid 12-of-17 in the fourth, and finished 20-of-35 for the game.

Next Up: Columbia Academy is set to host Webb-Bell Buckle on Friday before making the return trip on Saturday.

Christ Presbyterian Acad. girls 68, Columbia Acad. 35

CA 10 5 10 10 35
CPA 18 15 16 19 68

Columbia Acad. (35) – Jaelyn Hickerson 1, Isabelle Dees, 4, Averi Slaughter 3, Hallie Butterfield 3, Karlee Long 2, Madi Lewis 16, Abbigail Adkins 1, Ella Fuller 2, Karli Quillen 3
Christ Presbyterian Acad. (68) – Grace Ann Glisson 3, Virginia Glisson 6, Addie Reese Zapp 4, Ainsley Long 10, Addy Grace Summer 2, Sadie Gorley 10, Ava Maddux 5, Miller Mayernick 7, Emmaline Bartlett 12, Mary Carter Logan 8, Maggie Street 1
3-pointers – Columbia Acad. 4 (Lewis 2, Slaughter, Butterfield), CPA 8 (Long 2, Gorley 2, Logan 2, V. Glisson, Maddux)

Christ Presbyterian Acad. boys 87, Columbia Acad. 59

CA 14 14 15 16 59
CPA 16 24 26 21 87

Columbia Acad. (59) – Tanner Ham 12, Chase Duncan 2, Hayden Morgan 4, Drew Butt 9, Will Jackson 8, Ryan Bernath 2, Andre McClellan 5, Griffin Cooper 13, Gavin Morgan 2, CJ Durrough 2
Christ Presbyterian (87) – Jordan Dewalt 4, Jake Dykstra 11, Braden Zapp 12, Andy Nichols 6, Kolby Wright 15, Sam Smith 3, Braeden Moore 27, Evan Shiflet 6, Garrison Weeks 3
3-pointers – Columbia Acad. 5 (Ham 2, Jackson 2, Butt), CPA 16 (Dykstra 3, Zapp 4, Wright 3, Smith, Moore 4, Weeks)

Photos by Chris Yow/SM-Tn Sports

Tuesday on the hardwood

Culleoka girls 48, Santa Fe 34

SF 9 4 9 12 34
C 13 6 10 19 48

Santa Fe (34) – Gracie Mills 7, Elisa Adkison 9, Emmy Bates 7, Aniston Slaughter 11
Culleoka (48) – Madison Ingram 7, Breanna Dickson 10, Hannah Collins 4, Tyler Reischman 6, Alex Skinner 12, Maci McKennon 7, Kylie Thomas 2
3-pointers – Santa Fe 5 (Slaughter 3, Bates 2),Culleoka 4 (Skinner 4)

Grace Chr. boys 53, Zion Chr. 42

G 16 11 14 12 53
Z 14 13 3 13 42

Grace Chr. (53) – Dean Bechman 23, Ashton Kelley 6, Will Beasley 10, Ben Caldwell 3, Jordan Carter 6, Jackson Sleeper 2, Trace Phillips 3
Zion Chr. (42) – Max Brown 7, Jackson Hughes 7, Hayden Headley 17, Wesley Riggins 7, Ethan Yates 4
3-pointers – Grace Chr. 7 (Bechman 4, Kelley 2, Caldwell), Zion Chr. 2 (Brown, Hughes)

Columbia Central boys 50, Shelbyville 58

C 24 8 16 12 60
S 14 12 16 11 58

Columbia Central (60) – Cam Johnson 14, Demetrius McCoy 2, Carter Szydlowski 4, Q Martin 7, Omari Franklin 5, Bubba Perkins 8, Jordan Davis 20
Shelbyville (58) – Jayson Jones 19, Daman Heath 5, Devyn Heath 17, Jailain Anderson 15, Kyler Trice 2
3-pointers – Columbia Central 10 (Johnson 4, Davis 3, Martin, Franklin, Perkins), Shelbyville 3 (Jones, Da. Heath, De. Heath)

Shelbyville girls 59, Columbia Central 54 (OT)

C 4 11 6 25 8 — 54
S 15 5 15 11 13 — 59

Columbia Central (54) — Saviya Morgan 4, Ryleigh Hamm 10, Janiyha Riley 11, Jenice Bailey 2, Emma Hughes 3, Josie Parks 24
Shelbyville (59) — Jaleigha Harris 14, Lilly Brown 14, Kelsey Harden 9, Paige Blackburn 12, Mikyla Lyons 2, Kendall Dearing 8
3-pointers — Columbia Central 11 (Hamm 3, Hughes, Parks 7), Shelbyville 4 (Blackburn 2, Dearing 2)

Perry Co. boys 58, Wayne Co. 44

W 10 12 7 15 44
P 15 12 16 15 58

Wayne Co. (44) – Clay Baugus 12, Ethan Camfield 3, Tyler Moser 16, Landyn Prater 11, Jesse Dixon 2
Perry Co. (58) – Jackson Tatum 14, Lachlan Matthews 12, Tyler Dudley 16, Linden Brown 5, Cody Burney 6, Jeremiah Donaldson 5
3-pointers – Wayne Co. 3 (Prater 3), Perry Co. 5 (Matthews 2, Dudley 2, Burney)

Ravenwood boys 60, Independence 47 

I 10 6 16 15 – 47
R 16 12 14 18 – 60

Independence (47) – Jett Montgomery 19, Cameron Bell 10, River Katina 8, Sam Womack 7, Owen Ries 3
Ravenwood (60) – Nick Dang 16, Noah Clifford 15, Ben Bonga 9, Jake Mulder 8, Matt Williams 7, Andrew Lamuno 3, Myles Pollard 2
3-pointers – Independence 5 (Montgomery 3, Womack, Ries), Ravenwood 3 (Dang 2, Clifford)

Ravenwood girls 60, Independence 28

I 2 9 5 12 – 28
R 19 15 15 11 – 60

Independence (28) – Ryan Brown 6, Jayla Miller 5, Leah Oubre 5, Chaise Bethmann 5, Cristy Martinez 5, Evy Nichols 2
Ravenwood (60) – Reghan Grimes 30, Mary Prestegaard 11, Natalie Prestegaard 6, Elizabeth Flynn 4, Rachel Hillman 3, Ava Lavigne 3, Ramer 3.
3-pointers – Independence 1 (Oubre), Ravenwood 6 (Grimes 2, N. Prestegaard, Hillman, Lavigne, Ramer)

Richland earns league sweep, boys stay perfect at Mt. Pleasant

By Kenneth Schott

MT. PLEASANT — Against the best team in District 10-A, Mt. Pleasant’s girls were battling in a close game with Richland, forcing coach Chad Hall to call a timeout.

The Lady Raiders held a three-point lead midway through the third quarter going into the timeout. Coming out of the stoppage, the visitors put together a game-turning flurry to close the quarter and went on to a 72-49 victory — staying perfect in league play.

Richland (8-4, 4-0) had spurted away from the Lady Tigers two times previously, but Mt. Pleasant rallied each time. On the third occasion, the hosts made it a 39-36 game — prompting Hall to get his team’s attention.

They responded by outscoring Mt. Pleasant 17-3 to take control of the contest.

“We weren’t locked in,” said Hall. “(The way the game was going,) we thought we could outscore them. And maybe we could have outscored them, but it would have been a two or three-point game in the fourth quarter, and then there are a lot of variables.

“We got locked in and played defense, and it went from a three-point game to a 17-point game in just about three minutes.”

The Lady Raiders had a 14-3 lead in the first quarter, and Mt. Pleasant battled back to cut the gap to 19-16.

Richland went back up 26-16, only to see Mt. Pleasant cut the gap to five by the half, 32-27. The Lady Tigers scored the first goal of the third quarter and it was a three-point game again, 32-29.

Richland went ahead 39-32, and Mt. Pleasant cut it back to 39-36, prompting the timeout.

“We ran out of gas halfway through the third quarter,” said coach Amy Odom. “I would say (Richland’s girls) got a little bit chewed out (in the timeout). They’re a very well-rounded team. You can’t just shut one player down. And they’re a very well-coached team.”

Richland was led by guard Jesse Jennings, who had 26 points, and Allie Garner in the post, who had 15.

Addison Workman led Mt. Pleasant (4-13, 1-3) with 13.

“Mt. Pleasant is working their tail off, they’re much improved,” said Hall. “Give them a lot of credit. We probably took them a little lighter than we should have.”

No. 4 Raiders stay perfect: Scoring nine unanswered third-quarter points, Richland pulled away from Mt. Pleasant’s boys for a 67-44 win. It’s the 12th in as many tries for the Raiders, including three in league play.

With the score tied 32-32 in the third quarter, the Raiders went on a 9-0 run. Their full-court defensive pressure gave the Tigers problems and they turned it over and allowed Richland easy transition baskets. The visitors never trailed after that.

Chris Andrews kept the Tigers in the game in the first half with a strong effort. He drove to the basket and converted layup opportunities. Andrews was a perfect 5-of-5 in the first quarter for 10 points. He led the Tigers (6-8, 1-3) with 14 points.

Kentra Frierson had three 3-pointers and 11 points.

Mt. Pleasant continues to be without Demarkus Brown and Gavin Alderson; both are on pandemic-related quarantine.

Logan Helton scored a game-high 25 points for the Raiders, with Daniel Nicholson and Trey Luna each adding 15.

Richland girls 72, Mt. Pleasant 49

R 16 16 25 15 — 72
M 8 19 12 10 — 49

Richland (72) — Jesse Jennings 26, Allie Garner 15, Katie Garner 10, Kristen Garner 10, Gracie Braden 8, Shelby Higgins 3
Mt. Pleasant (49) — Addison Workman 13, Kielee Bradley 11, Baleigh Gray 9, Emily Crossman 8, Kenzie Gray 4, Maggie Simpson 2, Mariy Rogers 2
3-pointers — Richland 5 (Kr. Garner 2, Jennings, Ka. Garner, Higgins), Mt. Pleasant 5 (Bradley 3, Crossman 2)

Richland boys 67, Mt. Pleasant 44

R 21 9 13 24 — 67
M 17 11 7 9 — 44

Richland (67) — Logan Helton 25, Daniel Nicholson 15, Trey Luna 15, Jace Derryberry 6, Tyrell Randolph 4, Kolton Hood 2
Mt. Pleasant (44) — Chris Andrews 14, Kentra Frierson 11, Chandler Hughes 6, Keevan Cooper 4, Tip Marlow 3, Bennett Hughes 2, Hardin Hughes 2, Kyler Baker 2
3-pointers — Richland 7 (Nicholson 3, Luna 3, Helton), Mt. Pleasant 4 (Frierson 3, Marlow)