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Area all-district hoops teams

Listed below are the all-district basketball teams for 8-AAA, 11-AAA, 10-A, 12-A and 3-Division II-A.

All-District 8-AAA

Boys: Coffee Co. – Trenton Scrivnor, Jaxon Vaughn; Columbia Central – Q Martin (MVP), Cam Johnson, Bubba Perkins; Franklin Co. – Kane Reed; Lawrence Co. – Luke Boswell, Alex Carr; Lincoln Co. – Jailen Brown; Shelbyville – Jai’lain Anderson, Jayshon Jones; Tullahoma – Krys Uselton

Girls: Coffee Co. – Bella Vinson (MVP), Elli Chumley, Chloe Gannon, Jalie Ruehling; Columbia Central – Josie Parks, Janiyha Riley; Lawrence Co. – Katie Criswell; Lincoln Co. – Annalise Malone, Amelia Kate Richardson; Tullahoma – Kailyn Farrell, Lucy Nutt

All-District 11-AAA

Boys first team: Brentwood – Griffin Burke, John Windley; Franklin — Reed Kemp (MVP), Aidan Smylie; Ravenwood – Nick Dang. Boys second team: Centennial – Patrick Garrett; Franklin – Matt Thurman; Page – Thomas Seaman; Ravenwood – Noah Clifford; Summit – Destin Wade. Honorable mention: Lincoln Aholt (Centennial); Taylor Spierto (Franklin); Cameron Bell , River Katina, Jett Montgomery (Independence); Grant Snider (Page); Jake Mulder (Ravenwood); Kai’Seanne Brashear (Spring Hill); Konata Werts (Summit). Coach of the Year: Jason Tigert, Franklin.

Girls first team: Brentwood — Amelia Osgood (MVP); Franklin — Kate O’Neil; Page — McKenzie Cochran; Ravenwood — Reghan Grimes; Spring Hill — Sierra Stedman. Girls second team: Brentwood — Sydney Ryan; Dickson Co. — Anna Claire (AC) Milam; Page — Lili Wilken; Ravenwood — Lexi Erickson; Summit — Delaney Noe. Honorable mention: Sophie Roston (Brentwood); Cristy Martinez (Independence); Ricole Alderson, Prairie Stedman (Spring Hill); Ellie Colson (Summit). Coach of the Year: Myles Thrash, Brentwood.

All-District 10-A

Boys: Culleoka – Landon Andrews, Erik Mick, Cooper Parks; Hampshire – Cameryn Bass; Mt. Pleasant – Kentra Frierson, Tip Marlow; Richland – Logan Helton, Trey Luna, Daniel Nicholson, Tyrell Randolph; Santa Fe – Will Monhollen, Andy Slaughter, Colton Steward

Girls: Culleoka – Breanna Dickson, Tyler Reischman; Hampshire – Karlee Rowland, Kortney Rowland, Kayla Stephens; Mt. Pleasant – Emily Crossman, Addison Workman; Richland – Gracie Braden, Allie Garner, Kristen Garner, Jesse Jennings; Santa Fe – Elise Adkison, Emmy Bates

All-District 12-A

Boys: Frank Hughes — Clayton Davis; Loretto — Shaler Hankins, Tabias Sirmones, Brendon Tipps, Xavier Young; Perry Co. — Tyler Dudley (MVP), Jackson Tatum; Summertown — Gavin Burleson, Grant Burleson, Grayson Burleson, Skyler Trousdale; Wayne Co. — Clay Baugus, Tyler Moser

Girls: Collinwood — A.C. Whitehead; Loretto — Karly Weathers (MVP), Autumn Buttrum, Kensey Weathers; Summertown – Jenna Brazier, Katie Burdette, Ansley Burleson, Kaley Campbell, Hailey Jones, Rylee Long; Wayne Co. — Lauren Bryant, Michaela Gallian, Savanna McClain

All-Division II-A District 3

Boys: Battle Ground Acad. – Sean Williams; Christ Presbyterian Acad. – Jake Dykstra, Braeden Moore, Evan Shiflet, Braden Zapp; Columbia Acad. – Tanner Ham; Franklin Road Acad. – R.J. Casey, Levi Cox; Grace Chr. – Will Beasley; Middle Tenn. Chr. – Andrew Adams; Providence Chr. – Max McMurry; Webb-Bell Buckle – Evan Eursher (MVP), Weston Coop, Jordan Jenkins. Coach of the Year: Drew Maddux, Christ Presbyterian Acad.

Girls: Battle Ground Acad. – Kearstyn Seay; Christ Presbyterian Acad. – Emmaline Bartlett, Virginia Glisson, Addie Zapp; Columbia Acad. – Madi Lewis; Franklin Road Acad. – Macie Medes; Middle Tenn. Chr. – Bre’Aria Cannon, Sydney Cooper, Sarah Wisniowski; Providence Chr. – Mariah Edmonds, A.C. Markham, Abby McFarland; Webb-Bell Buckle – Lashae Dwyer (MVP), Shanice Simpson, Lauren Vann. Coach of the Year – Becky LeGate, Christ Presbyterian Acad.

2020-21 Hardwood leaders

Boys scoring
(games, total points, points per game)

Andy Slaughter, Santa Fe1533522.3
Gavin Burleson, Summertown2344319.3
Daniel Nicholson, Richland2442517.7
Kai’Seanne Brashear, Spring Hill1526217.5
Destin Wade, Summit1320816.0
Q Martin, Columbia Central2844515.9
Trey Luna, Richland2438015.8
Cameryn Bass, Hampshire1929215.4
Landon Andrews, Culleoka1725815.2
Logan Helton, Richland2131014.8
Tanner Ham, Columbia Acad.2739714.7
Kentra Frierson, Mt. Pleasant2637714.5
Skyler Trousdale, Summertown2533013.2
Cameron Bell, Independence2024612.3
Jett Montgomery, Independence2024212.1

Boys 3-pointers
(games, total 3-pointers)

Trey Luna, Richland2471
Cam Johnson, Columbia Central2864
Tanner Ham, Columbia Acad.2757
Kentra Frierson, Mt. Pleasant2655
Gavin Burleson, Summertown2341
Will Jackson, Columbia Acad.     2541
Andy Slaughter, Santa Fe1537
Logan Helton, Richland2137
Skyler Trousdale, Summertown2537
Omari Franklin, Columbia Central2636

Girls scoring
(games, total points, points per game)

Jesse Jennings, Richland2354223.6
Sierra Stedman, Spring Hill2843715.6
Josie Parks, Columbia Central1742215.6
Madi Lewis, Columbia Acad.2233315.1
Prairie Stedman, Spring Hill2634513.3
Delaney Noe, Summit2329913.0
Janiyha Riley, Columbia Central2228412.9
Karlee Rowland, Hampshire2125212.0
Hailey Jones, Summertown2630611.8
Ellie Colson, Summit2629611.4
Kortney Rowland, Hampshire2122710.8
Ricole Alderson, Spring Hill2324210.5
Kaley Campbell, Summertown2626010.0
Rylee Long, Summertown2626010.0
Breanna Dickson, Culleoka2222010.0

Girls 3-pointers
(games, total 3-pointers)

Delaney Noe, Summit2354
Ansley Burleson, Summertown2652
Josie Parks, Columbia Central2750
Sierra Stedman, Spring Hill2843
Ryleigh Hamm, Columbia Central2943
Bergen Allee, Summit2839
Madi Lewis, Columbia Acad.2238
Averi Slaughter, Columbia Acad.2238
Kristen Garner, Richland1836
Kielee Bradley, Mt. Pleasant2432
Rylee Long, Summertown2632

*Statistical compilations based on submissions from area coaches or their designees

Unable to force late-game heroics, Central drops finale

By Maurice Patton

MURFREESBORO – There were no double-digit second-half advantages for Columbia Central to squander Monday night.

The Lions battled uphill throughout most of their Region 4-AAA quarterfinal contest against top-seeded host Blackman – and the Blaze’s twin towers of 6-5 Josh Alexander and 6-8 Dontae Stringer – falling behind just before intermission and never led over the final two quarters of their eventual 55-44 season-ending loss.

“We played as well as we could have played,” Central coach Nick Campbell said after his team finished a 19-9 season on a three-game losing streak, following a 66-63 District 8-AAA semifinal loss to Tullahoma and a 78-75 overtime consolation loss to Lincoln County. In each of the previous two defeats, the Lions blew fourth-quarter cushions of 14 and 19 points.

“Our kids played really well.”

Central opened a first-period lead on a pair of Omari Franklin 3-pointers, and a Franklin free throw with 20 seconds remaining in the half threatened to send the visitors to the locker room up 20-19 before Braxton Caruthers’ corner trey beat the buzzer and made it a 22-20 game.

“That gave them a lot of energy, a lot of confidence going into the third and fourth quarters,” Franklin said. “They hit shots.”

Between hitting shots and grabbing misses, Blackman eventually wore Central down at both ends of the floor. Consecutive treys by Mark Cooper, the second beating the third-quarter buzzer, put the hosts up 43-33 – a margin the Lions were unable to overcome.

“They protected the paint,” Q Martin said. “They got rebounds. Some we thought we could get, they’d just snatch it out of the air. There was nothing we could do about it.”

While Blackman’s size was the biggest challenge for Central, Blaze coach Barry Wortman said the visitors posed problems for his team as well.

“It was a battle of styles,” he said. “I thought they created a lot of problems for us with their five-out dribble-drive. They exposed us every bit as much as we did them with the matchup. Give them credit. Their style was tough on us.

“We kept them in front of us as best we could.”

In the end, though, size mattered.

“It’s tough when you’ve got 6-8, 6-5, athletic, skilled,” Campbell said. “We were in good position, and they went up and got it right over us. They’re probably one of the most well-coached teams in the state.”

Stringer scored a game-high 14 points with Alexander adding 12 and Cooper 11. Franklin and Martin scored 12 each to lead Columbia Central.

Despite the late slide, Campbell was upbeat regarding the Lions’ campaign.

“I think we took a step in the right direction as a program,” he said. “We’ve grown a lot, matured. We are going to miss the leadership of (seniors) Cam Johnson and Demetrius McCoy.”

Blackman will face Coffee County, a 64-56 quarterfinal winner Monday over Riverdale, in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Blackman boys 55, Columbia Central 44

C 15 5 13 11 – 44
B 10 12 21 12 – 55

Columbia Central (44) – Jordan Davis 4, Omari Franklin 12, Cam Johnson 3, Demetrius McCoy 2, Roni Bailey 6, Bubba Perkins 5, Q Martin 12
Blackman (55) – Braxton Caruthers 6, Josh Alexander 12, Mark Cooper 11, Kevarius Martin 9, Jabahri Mastin 3, Dontae Stringer 14
3-pointers – Columbia Central 5 (Franklin 3, Johnson, Perkins), Blackman 5 (Caruthers 2, Cooper, Martin, Mastin)

Photos by Vanessa Beach / SM-Tn Sports

Lady Lions’ miscues pivotal in Region 4-AAA Tourney loss

By Maurice Patton

MURFREESBORO – More turnovers than field goal attempts was hardly the first half Columbia Central coach Joshua Bugg had in mind for Monday’s Region 4-AAA quarterfinal matchup with host Blackman.

But his Lady Lions only got off 14 shots – hitting two – while committing 18 miscues, falling behind by 40 points by intermission of an eventual 63-36 season-ending loss.

Vanderbilt signee Iyana Moore, who finished with a game-high 16 points, grabbed the opening tip and sailed in for a layup just six seconds into the contest, and Blackman (18-3) converted back-to-back Central turnovers into transition points for a 7-0 cushion that grew to 11-0 before Jalei O’Neal got the visitors on the scoreboard.

“We’ve got to be more mentally tough in that moment and match their aggression a little better,” said Bugg, whose undersized but athletic squad ran into a bigger and more athletic Lady Blaze team that won the District 7-AAA tournament last week and showed why Monday.

“That’s something we’re capable of doing, but we didn’t do that to start the game. That led to a lot of turnovers and easy baskets. … They’re a really good team. They’re a talented bunch. They’ve got a chance to continue strong here.”

After running out to an 18-2 lead by the end of the opening period, Blackman got three 3-pointers in less than three minutes from Tori Page, a Dartmouth signee, as the Blaze hit six shots from behind the arc in the second period for a 46-6 cushion.

“We turned the ball over a lot. We couldn’t get the shots we wanted,” said junior Janiyha Riley, who returned – along with O’Neal – after missing significant time in concussion protocol. “If we’d started the first half the way we started the second half, it would have been a different story.”

Columbia Central (18-12) did acquit itself well in the final 16 minutes, outscoring the hosts 30-17, but the damage had well been done.

“We’ve just got to take it and learn from it, grow and work in the offseason,” Riley said.

“That as a positive thing for our young kids that we’ll have coming back,” added Bugg in reference to the second-half surge.

Page scored 15 points and Kaylee Odom 12 for Blackman, which will host Riverdale – a 45-35 quarterfinal winner Monday over Tullahoma – in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Josie Parks scored 12 points to lead Central, with Riley adding eight.

Bugg was encouraged by O’Neal’s performance, as she finished with five points in the loss while battling in the post area.

“Jalei played ball,” he said after the program made its first region tourney appearance since the 2013-14 season. “She’s going to continue to get better. She’s got a really good opportunity to step in and play a lot of minutes with Jenice (Bailey) graduating. She’s physical, she’s long, she’s got an ability to score the ball.

“We’re going to do as much as we can to develop and strengthen that area of our game, our inside game. That’s an area we’ve got to pour into and develop and emphasize.”

Blackman girls 63, Columbia Central 36

C 2 4 16 14 – 36
B 18 28 9 8 – 63

Columbia Central (36) – Anaya Mulholland 4, Janiyha Riley 8, Jalei O’Neal 5, Jenice Bailey 7, Josie Parks 12
Blackman (63) – Iyana Moore 16, Tori Page 15, Kaylee Odom 12, Gracie Hamby 5, Emily Monson 2, Kaelyn Flowers 6, Jheilla Thomas 5, Tianna Chapman 2
3-pointers – Columbia Central 1 (Bailey), Blackman 5 (Moore 2, Page 3)

Photos by Vanessa Beach / SM-Tn Sports

Late lapses leave Lions short in overtime vs. Lincoln County

By Maurice Patton

COLUMBIA – If it’s true that pressure creates diamonds or bursts pipes, suffice it to say the Columbia Central boys basketball team isn’t sparkling these days.

After letting a 14-point fourth-quarter lead get away in Wednesday’s District 8-AAA Tournament semifinal loss, the Lions got up by as many as 23 in the third period of Friday’s consolation matchup against visiting Lincoln County – but couldn’t hold on, falling 78-75 in an overtime affair that wasn’t sealed until freshman Jordan Davis’ 3-pointer went in and came out at the final buzzer.

With that, a team that rode a nine-game winning streak into the postseason heads into a Monday Region 4-AAA tourney quarterfinal clash at Blackman on a two-game skid.

“It’s the same story: We can’t relax,” Central coach Nick Campbell said after his team missed on its second attempt at its 20th win of the season. “I’ve got to do a better job figuring out how to extend leads.”

The Lions (19-9) were clicking on both ends of the floor in the opening half – getting six consecutive stops during a second-quarter stretch that saw them stretch a 23-19 cushion to 38-22 by intermission.

Omari Franklin, with 12 points, was one of three double-digit scorers for Columbia Central in Friday’s 78-75 overtime loss to visiting Lincoln County in the District 8-AAA Tournament consolation contest. Central will travel Monday to District 7-AAA tourney titlist Blackman in the Region 4-AAA quarterfinal round. (Courtesy photo by Buffy Holt)

That margin grew to 47-24 midway through the third period, before Lincoln County (11-8) began to rally.

For the second night in a row, an untimely (and uncertain) charging call against Q Martin negated a basket and helped spark the Falcons, who outscored Central 12-3 to close the third.

Davis tried to steady the ship, scoring seven of the Lions’ 10 points to start the fourth period. His point-blank bucket off a Martin assist made it a 60-41 game with 5:14 remaining in regulation.

Central’s next scores, a pair of Martin free throws, pushed the lead to 62-56, stopping Lincoln County’s run of 15 unanswered points.

“Energy. Our guys fought and played with energy,” Falcons coach Mark Cornelius said. “We were down 25 at Shelbyville in the second half and came back and won in regulation (71-65, on Dec. 15). That let us know we can come back from some crazy stuff.

“We had pressed some this season, but not a lot lately. We didn’t have the legs. But you could tell the way we flew around in the second half, as opposed to the first. We didn’t do anything different offensively; we just went to a small lineup and it paid off.”

Central didn’t score from the floor before the end of the second half, leaving the door open for the visitors to tie the game at 64 on a pair of 3-pointers and a pair of free throws with three-tenths of a second remaining when Martin was whistled for his fifth foul while battling for a defensive rebound.

In the extra period, Lincoln County managed to grab a three-point lead at the 1:05 mark. Davis, who scored seven of his team-high 24 points in overtime, kept it close yet again but never got the hosts over the hump.

“The shot looked good. It just went around the rim and spun back out,” the freshman said of his final attempt.

“I don’t know how it didn’t go in,” Campbell said. “We’ll take that shot every time.

“They applied pressure to slow us down, and we let it dictate what we were going to do. Our defense initiates our offense. We can’t stop playing defense when the ball doesn’t go in.”

Martin finished with 14 points and Omari Franklin 12 in the loss. Lincoln County’s Owen Sandlin scored a game-high 30 points.

Lincoln Co. boys 78, Columbia Central 75 (OT)

L 17 5 14 28 14 – 78
C 18 20 12 14 11 – 75

Lincoln Co. (78) – Jackson Mullins 5, Kelby Fitch 2, Cody Allen 5, Jack Massey 3, Eli Ogle 17, Jailen Brown 12, Eric Greenwood 4, Owen Sandlin 30
Columbia Central (75) – Cam Johnson 8, Demetrius McCoy 2, Carter Szydlowski 3, Q Martin 14, Omari Franklin 12, Bubba Perkins 3, Roni Bailey 9, Jordan Davis 24
3-pointers – Lincoln Co. 9 (Mullins, Massey, Ogle 22, Brown, Sandlin 4), Columbia Central 9 (Johnson 2, Martin 3, Franklin, Perkins, Bailey, Davis)

Lady ‘Cats lean on Lady Lions in 8-AAA consolation contest

By J.P. Plant

LAWRENCEBURG — Dominating the paint and the backboards with its size, Lawrence County rolled to a 67-22 win Friday night over Columbia Central in the District 8-AAA Tournament consolation game at the Ralph Benson Memorial Gym.

The Lady ‘Cats built a 10-point lead through the opening quarter, doubled that margin to 20 by halftime and led by 37 through three periods.

“I think anytime you can win going into a region game, that has to help with confidence,” Lawrence County coach Brian Porter said after the game. “We played good defensively and offensively. (I’m) very proud of how we executed. We had multiple players score the ball and played very unselfish basketball.”

That unselfishness dominated a 21-4 third quarter for the Lady Cats, part of an overall 39-9 run from the two-minute mark of the 2nd quarter to the final horn.

Lawrence County outrebounded Columbia 29-14 with a 21-10 edge on the defensive glass. The Lady ‘Cats shot 28 for 45 from the floor (5-8 3-pointers), while the Lady Lions only connected on nine field goals on 37 attempts.

Jacie Scott was the only player in double figures for either team with 13 points (5-6 FG).

Columbia Central continued to play without Janiyha Riley and Jalei O’Neal, both recovering from concussions.

Lawrence County will travel Monday to Oakland, which fell to Blackman in Friday’s District 7-AAA Tournament championship game. Columbia Central will play at Blackman. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. tipoffs.

Lawrence Co. girls 67, Columbia Central 22

C 5 8 4 5 — 22
L 15 18 21 13 — 67

Columbia Central (22) — Saviya Morgan 3, Anaya Mulholland 2, Heather Smith 3, Jenice Bailey 4, Emma Hughes 2, Josie Parks 8
Lawrence Co. (67) — Carson Gobble 9, Payton Morgan 2, Carley Fields 6, Ella Hillhouse 3, Katie Criswell 7, Cami Pigg 7, Emmy Clark 5, Madison Tidwell 6, Chloe Willis 6, Addy Newton 2, Jacie Scott 13
3-pointers — Columbia Central 1 (Smith), Lawrence Co. 5 (Fields 2, Hillhouse, Pigg, Scott)

Photos by Eddie Cleghorn / GameShots.Biz