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COVID cases force girls hoops pause at Spring Hill, Santa Fe

By Maurice Patton

Girls basketball at both Spring Hill and Santa Fe has been put on pause for a couple of weeks because of COVID-19 concerns.

Both teams have experienced recent positive tests within their ranks, forcing them to quarantine – Santa Fe until Dec. 14, Spring Hill until Dec. 15.

The shutdown will force Spring Hill’s girls to miss upcoming road contests against Brentwood (Dec. 8), Giles Co. (Dec. 10) and a Dec. 11 game against visiting Ravenwood. The doubleheader Friday against visiting Summit – like Brentwood and Ravenwood, a District 11-AAA matchup – had already been postponed for Summit’s appearance in this weekend’s BlueCross Bowl football state championships.

“We were supposed to play Dickson County on Tuesday,” Spring Hill athletics director John Farmer said, recounting the events leading up to the announcement. “We’d planned to go ahead with the boys game, but Dickson County didn’t want to bring a bus for their boys and bring one later for their girls.

“With our other district games – per (district) bylaws, we are playing the boys games and the girls games will have to be played later. So the boys will play Brentwood and Ravenwood, and the girls will have to reschedule. (As for) Giles County, we’re still up in the air about what we’re going to do about that.”

The next scheduled doubleheader for Spring Hill is currently set for Dec. 17 against visiting Hickman County.

Santa Fe girls basketball coach Jonathon Slaughter has tested positive for COVID-19. He and his team will be in quarantine for the next two weeks, returning to activities in time for a Dec. 15 game against Jo Byrns. (Photo by Chris Yow / SM-Tn Sports)

Santa Fe girls coach Jonathon Slaughter has tested positive for COVID-19.

“I started feeling sick Sunday night, woke up (Monday) with a fever, got tested and got my results (Wednesday),” he said. “I’m under quarantine for 10 days. We had practice Sunday with the high school girls, so that led them to have to quarantine for close contact for 10 days.

Santa Fe had been scheduled to play Tuesday against visiting East Hickman, but that doubleheader was canceled after Hickman County Schools were unable to travel because of inclement weather. Santa Fe will miss its Friday twinbill at Cornersville. The boys are expected to play Dec. 8 at McEwen and Dec. 11 at Collinwood.

The Lady Wildcats are scheduled to resume practice on Dec. 14 and play Dec. 15 against visiting Jo Byrns.

“I’ve had a low-grade fever,” Slaughter said. “The highest it’s been was 101 (degrees). I’ve got general achiness, a runny nose, a cough. I don’t feel good, but I don’t feel like I’m about to die. I don’t know that I’ve got the bad part of it.”

Chris Poynter, athletics director for Maury County Public Schools, said there’s no heightened concern over the current athletic quarantines.

“We’re concerned, but we’ve tried to put in precautionary measures,” he said. “Right now, our process is actually doing what it’s supposed to do. We’re notified of individuals who have tested positive, identified those who have been potentially exposed, and those players and/or coaches have been quarantined. It’s designed to do that.

“Our goal has been to try, in the safest way possible, to have athletics continue, just as we have since the beginning of the school year. Our coaches and ADs have done an outstanding job to try to minimize the impact … Some things are just unavoidable.”

Maurice Patton is the editor for Southern Middle Tennessee Sports. E-mail: mopattonsports@gmail.com; Twitter: @mopatton_sports.

Tuesday on the hardwood

Columbia Central girls 46, Forrest 39

F 6 6 5 22 — 39
C 8 6 14 18 – 46

Forrest (39) – Macyn Kirby 4, Meagen Mealer 3, Alex Davenport 5, Addison Bunty 3, Laura Mealer 20, Ryan Lewis 4

Columbia Central (46) – Saviya Morgan 2, Ryleigh Hamm 7, Karma Hunt 2, Janiyha Riley 11, Ava Sykes 2, Jenice Bailey 4, Josie Parks 18

3-pointers – Forrest 3 (M. Mealer, Davenport, L. Mealer), Columbia Central 4 (Hamm 2, Riley, Parks)

Summertown girls 58, Tullahoma 52

T 21 12 8 11 — 52
S 13 14 18 13 — 58

Tullahoma (52) — Lucy Nutt 18, Kailyn Ferrell 10, McKenna Buckner 8, Morgan Carr 6, Sierra Neese 6, Charleigh Scott 4

Summertown (58) — Hailey Jones 20, Rylee Long 12, Ansley Burleson 9, Katie Burdette 7, Jenna Brazier 4, Kaley Campbell 4, Reese Wilson 2

3-pointers — Tullahoma 6 (Nutt 3, Buckner 2, Neese), Summertown 5 (Jones 3, Long, Burleson)

Culleoka girls 55, Agathos Classical 9

C 20 6 19 10 – 55
A 3 3 1 2 – 9

Culleoka (55) — Breanna Dickson 10, Hannah Collins 5, Tyler Reischman 7, Maci McKennon 16, Alex Skinner 10, Karlie Jones 5, Emilee Rochester 2

Agathos Classical (9) — Quinn Jones 1, Isabella Cecil 5, Lauren Watson 3

3-pointers – Culleoka 3 (Collins, Skinner, Jones), Agathos Classical 1 (Cecil)

Rockvale girls 51, Summit 49

R 15 14 7 15 – 51
S 16 14 4 15 – 49

Rockvale (51) – Kamana Murray 10, Faith Anderson 9, Amani Sharif 10, Queena Lyons 3, Annabelle Marlin 10, Tonie Davis 9

Summit (49) – Delaney Noe 7, Claudette Runk 7, Cydney Wright 7, Ellie Colson 13, Jaidyn Ramzy 7, Nicole Rizane 8

3-pointers – Rockvale 2 (Sharif, Marlin), Summit 3 (Noe, Runk, Ramzy)

Nolensville boys 64, Summit 49

N 21 18 15 10 – 64
S 9 17 15 7 – 49

Nolensville (64) – Riley Byron 8, David Watkins 8, Ashton Smith 5, Max McAllister 12, Grady Powers 14, Vaughn Jaworski 17

Summit (49) – Bradley Stewart 8, Trey Payne 8, Jace Kirby 2, C.J. Jones 5, Derrick Smith 6, Marcus White 2, Alex Pollard 17

3-pointers – Nolensville 8 (Watkins, Smith, McAllister 4, Jaworski 2), Summit 4 (Pollard 4)

Richland girls 50, Cornersville 40

R 20 11 14 5 – 50
C 9 10 9 12 — 40

Richland (50) – Gracie Braden 10, Danica Bridgers 1, Jesse Jennings 18, Gracie Adams 2, Halle Braden 9, Harlee Rich 1, A.C. Hewitt 5, Ava Shrader 4

Cornersville (40) – Meri Hannah Walker 8, Lexie Warren 4, Gracie Turner 8, Jayli Childress 6, Abbie Woodard 9, Grayson Riner 2, Annabelle Mulliniks 3

3-pointers – Richland 5 (G. Braden, H. Braden 3, Hewitt), Cornersville 5 (Walker 2, Childress 2, Mulliniks)

Richland boys 56, Cornersville 24

R 16 25 12 3 – 56
C 9 0 6 9 – 24

Richland (56) – Tyrell Randolph 8, Daniel Nicholson 11, Trey Luna 11, Logan Helton 8, Stevie Ballinger 16, Kolton Hood 2

Cornersville (24) – Eli Welch 2, Michael Ashley 5, Kaden Allen 7, Khi Canty 1, J.C. Spray 2, Wallace Francis 5, Ben Franklin 2

3-pointers – Richland 5 (Randolph, Nicholson, Luna, Helton 2), Cornersville 2 (Ashley, Francis)

Fayetteville girls 47, Columbia Acad. 46

C 16 10 8 12 — 46
F 12 14 6 15 – 47

Columbia Acad. (46) – Isabelle Dees 9, Averi Slaughter 8, Madi Lewis 13, Karli Quillin 16

Fayetteville (47) – Elixis Humphrey 3, Isabella Martin 2, Amaria Thomison 2, Shaneka Nance 7, Zanaria Robinson 22, Gracie Hoagland 9, Hannah Litaker 2

3-pointers – Columbia Acad. 5 (Dees, Slaughter 2, Lewis, Quillin), Fayetteville 3 (Humphrey, Nance 2)

Columbia Acad. boys 64, Fayetteville 38

C 13 21 13 17 — 64
F 8 12 11 7 — 38

Columbia Acad. (64) – Tanner Ham 17, Chase Duncan 6, Hayden Morgan 5, Drew Butt 9, Will Jackson 3, Collins Malone 6, Andre McClellan 8, Griffin Cooper 8, Gavin Morgan 2

Fayetteville (38) – Camaurion Taylor 10, Brayden Hackett 10, Marquese Nance 5, Bryson Casey 7, Tyeus Layne 2, Teondre Love 4

3-pointers – Columbia Acad. 8 (Ham 4, Duncan 2, Butt, Jackson), Fayetteville 6 (Taylor 2, Hackett 2, Nance, Love)

Wayne Co. girls 57, Mt. Pleasant 18

WC 20 17 15 5 — 57
MP 0 8 6 4 — 18

Wayne Co. (57) — Savanna McClain 7, Charli Woodside 3, Lauren Bryant 5, Michaela Gallian 10, Cambree Camfield 10, Kelsey Carroll 6, Kenzie Griggs 3

Mt. Pleasant (18) — Kielee Bradley 6, Baleigh Gray 7, Addison Workman 2, Kiyanna Armstrong 3

3-pointers — Wayne Co. 4 (McClain, Woodside, Camfield, Griggs), Mt. Pleasant 1 (Bradley)

Mt. Pleasant boys 56, Wayne Co. 39

WC 14 6 14 5 — 39
MP 16 16 5 19 — 56

Wayne Co. (39) – Braxton Butler 5, Clay Baugus 8, Ethan Camfield 9, Tyler Moses 7, Austin Whitson 5, Landyn Prater 5

Mt. Pleasant (56) – Keevan Cooper 7, Kentra Frierson 24, Tip Marlow 13, Chris Andrews 1, Demarkus Brown 6, Chandler Hughes 3, Bennett Hughes 2

3-pointers – Wayne Co. 3 (Prater, Canfield 2), Mt. Pleasant 7 (Cooper, Frierson 4, Brown, C. Hughes)

Raptors’ third-quarter flurry proves costly for Indy

By Chris Yow

THOMPSONS STATION — Ravenwood closed the third quarter with nine unanswered points, and held off a late Independence rally to hold on for an 84-78 road win to start District 11-AAA play on Tuesday.

Twice in the fourth quarter, the Eagles were able to get the game to a two-possession deficit with possession of the ball, but a pair of River Katina turnovers allowed the Raptors to put the game away.

“We don’t value the basketball,” Independence coach Doug Kiel said. “It’s early in the year, but it’s very frustrating. We have to continue to work and get better.”

During the nine-point run at the end of the third quarter, Kiel said his team stopped being aggressive and made a few key mistakes.

“We stopped playing fast and attacking; we just kind of stood around, and threw the ball away” he said. “They took advantage of it because they’re a well-coached team.”

Independence led 39-37 at the break thanks to a buzzer-beater by Katina. He had 13 points in the first half, but managed to finish with just 15 for the game.

Tyus Anderson, who led the Eagles in scoring, had a team-high 17 points — all of which came in the second half. He was 12-of-14 from the free throw line.

For the game, Ravenwood was 27-of-36 from the stripe, including 12-of-16 in the fourth quarter. Jake Mulder led all scorers with 23 points for the Raptors.

Sharp-shooting Raptors roll: Ravenwood poured in the game’s first 19 points, including three 3-pointers, and used a stifling defense to earn a District 11-AAA girls win on Tuesday.

Lexi Erickson led all scorers with 18 points, half of which came in the first period.

Independence was led by Leah Oubre and Alydia Lyte, who scored six points each for the Lady Eagles.

Ravenwood girls 54, Independence 19

R 19 15 16 4 — 54
I 3 2 10 7 — 19

Ravenwood (54) — Lexi Erickson 18, Rachel Hillman 3, Elizabeth Flynn 7, Mary Prestegaard 5, Ava Lavigne 3, Katelyn Johnson 2, Reghan Grimes 16
Independence (19) – Leah Oubre 6, Guy Nichols 3, Alydia Lyte 6, Trinity Love 2, Ryan Brown 2
3-pointers – Ravenwood 7 (Erickson 3, Hillman, Prestegaard, Lavigne, Grimes), Independence 4 (Oubre 2, Nichols, Brown)

Ravenwood boys 84, Independence 78

R 20 17 25 22 — 84
I 21 18 17 22 — 78

Ravenwood (84) –  Myles Pollard 4, Andrew Lamund 16, Owen Grismore 3, Ben Bunga 9, Connor English 14, Jake Mulder 23, Noah Clifford 15
Independence (78) –  Colin Wright 7, Jett Montgomery 6, Owen Ries 5, Tyus Anderson 17, Sam Womack 4, Josh Owens 2, Jaxson Campbell 8, River Katina 15, Cameron Bell 12, Ty Lockwood 2
3-pointers – Ravenwood 6 (Grismore, Bunga, English 3, Clifford), Independence 6 (Montgomery 2, Katina 2, Ries, Anderson)

Bulldogs each score 77 in routs of Athens Bible

By Chris Yow

COLUMBIA — Tanner Ham drained seven 3-pointers, including a pair of buzzer-beaters in the first half, and finished with a game-high 32 points Monday night to help Columbia Academy cruise to a 77-31 win over visiting Athens Bible (Ala.).

“Tanner’s a great kid to coach because he’s all about the team,” CA coach Marty DeJarnette said.

Ham didn’t need much help, as he outscored the Trojans by himself.

Columbia Academy poured in 24 points before Athens Bible could even get on the scoreboard on Monday night. The Trojans then went on a 13-2 run to cut the lead in half at 26-13 before the Bulldogs pulled away with a 14-0 run, sparked by Ham’s first horn-beater.

“Setting the tempo early is going to be key for us this year. We have some kids who can shoot it,” DeJarnette said. “We want to get the pace up, and tonight I thought we did.”

Tanner Ham hits his second buzzer-beater of the first half to give his team a 61-21 lead at the break. (Courtesy video)

That early Trojans’ run was a moment when DeJarnette knew he’d need to calm some of his players down. Once the first group returned to the floor and the second group settled in, the rout was on.

Defensively, CA was stifling throughout, holding their guests to single digits in all but the first quarter.

“We’ve talked to them all year about letting the defense fuel the offense, and it was a good start for us,” he added. “We knew they had some kids who could score if we gave them space, but we got the first group back in and let the second group settle in, it flowed better.

“It was disappointing to let them score that many there, but I like the way our guys responded.”

Ham was the only Bulldog in double figures, but every player who suited up got in the scorebook. Getting those young players some experience will be a big help down the road. Getting his starters some rest on Monday in a week where his team will play four times is also a big help.

“It only gets harder from here,” DeJarnette said. “A game like this helps us keep some fresh legs for tomorrow.”

Pressure helps Lady Dawgs pull away: After a slow-moving first quarter, Columbia Academy coach Stephen Fields wanted the intensity to pick up. In order to do that, he shifted his defense into a half-court trap. That adjustment was the key in a dominating second quarter that lifted the Lady Bulldogs to a 77-20 win over Athens Bible.

“I felt like we needed to play faster and with more intensity on defense,” Fields said. “They were playing a lot of half court offense, so I thought the half court trap would help us speed the game up to the tempo we like.”

Six players scored in the second period, but Madi Lewis knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and finished a four-point play with a free throw to lead the way. She finished with a game-high 18 points.

“We shot the ball a lot better tonight than we have in the first two games,” Fields said. “But we have to fix some little things if we want to compete in the rest of our games this week.”

The Lady Bulldogs shot just 67 percent from the charity stripe and committed several turnovers, whether by losing ball control or traveling violations.

“Some of the mistakes we made tonight are lazy, mental mistakes. We need to clean that up,” Fields said.

Next Up: Columbia Academy is scheduled to travel on Tuesday to Fayetteville for a doubleheader before returning home to host Providence Christian in Division II-A District 3 play on Thursday and traveling Friday to league rival Webb-Bell Buckle.

Columbia Acad. girls 77, Athens Bible (Ala.) 20

AB 6 5 7 2 — 20
CA 15 25 22 15 — 77

Athens Bible (20) — Peyton Rogers 2, Molly Chumbley 10, Brooke Blakely 3, Breelyn Phillips 5
Columbia Acad. (77) — Abby Ballard 10, Jaelyn Hickerson 6, Averi Slaughter 13, Isabelle Dees 5, Hallie Butterfield 2, Madi Lewis 18, Ally Ballard 12, Ella Fuller 2, Karli Quillin 9
3-pointers — Athens Bible 1 (Chumbley), Columbia Acad. 5 (Hickerson, Slaughter, Lewis 2, Al. Ballard)

Columbia Academy (boys) 77, Athens Bible 31

AB 13 8 9 1 — 31
CA 29 32 13 3 — 77

Athens Bible (31) — Cody Graviett 1, Kacen Pierce 11, Lane Glover 1, Brayden Suggs 8, Walker Brand 3, Rhett Wilson 4, Eli Hicbert 1, Connor Abernathy 2
Columbia Acad. (77) — Tanner Ham 32, Chase Duncan 5, Hayden Morgan 1, Drew Butt 9, Will Jackson 9, Ryan Bernath 3, Collins Malone 4, Andre McClellan 3, Griffin Cooper 4, Gavin Morgan 2, Bennett Thomason 3, Nick Brown 2
3-pointers — Athens Bible 3 (Suggs 2, Brand), Columbia Acad. 11 (Ham 7, Jackson 3, Duncan)

All photos by Chris Yow / SM-Tn Sports

Hawks’ rally falls short in season-opening loss at home

By Maurice Patton

HAMPSHIRE — Sometimes you’d rather be wrong.

For Jon Paul Jones, that moment came with about three minutes remaining in the third quarter of the Hampshire boys basketball team’s season opener Monday night against visiting Collinwood.

“Before the game, I’d told their coach (Jacob Gobble), ‘we’ve got two boys that’ll play tonight that are just balls of energy; one of ‘em is going to score for you tonight’,” Jones recalled.

“I jinxed myself.”

Indeed. With his team trying to cut into an eight-point deficit that had been as much as 12 earlier in the period, Hawks freshman Peyton Morton grabbed a defensive rebound – then went back up and scored.

The basket was credited to Collinwood’s Joe Houston Thompson, who officially finished with a game-high 22 points as the Trojans held Hampshire off down the stretch for a 55-49 win.

Morton saw significant time Monday as the Hawks were without Kendell Morton and Blake Morrow for disciplinary reasons – the same reason that Cameryn Bass was limited to only playing in the second half of the contest, during which he scored a team-high 17 points.

“We were shorthanded because of some issues,” Jones said. “It is what it is. (Hopefully we) get it out of the way now so we don’t have to deal with it.”

Despite their personnel shortcomings, the Hawks – whose 45-game losing streak dates to Nov. 27, 2018 – were tied with the visitors 10-10 a minute into the second quarter after a Payden Seamen free throw and were only down 20-15 at intermission. But Collinwood broke the game open with seven straight points to start the second half, went up 31-21 on the Morton miscue and led by as many as 14 when Thompson converted a three-point play with 36.8 seconds left in the third period.

Collinwood’s free throw woes nearly let the hosts back into the contest, though. The Trojans, who went 21-for-37 from the line for the night, hit 12 of 24 in the final eight minutes – while Bass scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. His second 3-pointer in as many possessions pulled Hampshire within 50-45 with 2:25 remaining, and Errette Delk’s baseline drive made it a three-point game 27 seconds later.

Although Collinwood went just 5-for-10 from the stripe the rest of the way, Hampshire was unable to take advantage.

“When we get down 10 (points), that’s usually when it turns bad,” Jones said. “These kids are a little different, though. They’ve got some heart about them.

“We’ve got something to build on here.”

Though the coach didn’t second-guess his decision to sit three key contributors – all will be available for Tuesday’s trip to Zion Christian – he admitted to a ‘what-if’ thought after Bass’s second-half surge.

“He’s a great kid,” Jones said of the junior. “He’s going to do some great things. We’ve got to get a leader out there, and he’s trying to be it.”

Opening-night jitters, 10 3s tough combo: In the girls clash, Hampshire couldn’t keep pace with the visiting Trojanettes – trailing by eight in the first seven minutes and hardly denting that margin in an eventual 58-45 loss.

“Collinwood played like we thought they would,” said Lady Hawks assistant Darah Owens, pressed into head coaching duties with Ronnie Brewer in quarantine as his wife, Lisa, recently tested positive for COVID-19. “They got up in our face, played aggressive defense, and No. 13 and No. 20 shot the lights out. And we didn’t respond.”

Sophie Gobbell (No. 20) hit five 3-pointers, including two of her team’s five in the opening quarter, and A.C. Whitehead (No. 13) matched that initial long-distance performance to spark the visitors early. Gobbell scored a game-high 21 points and Whitehead added 17.

“We had a lot of mental mistakes,” Owens said. “We had 27 turnovers, we gave up 12 offensive rebounds. That alone will beat a team. We had a lot of mental mistakes we have to regroup and recover from. We don’t have a lot of time to waste thinking about this one.”

In addition to Brewer – who is not expected to return until this weekend – the Lady Hawks have a couple of players in quarantine as well.

“We obviously miss him not being here,” Owens said. “We’ve got Zion Tuesday, Bruceton Friday, and he comes back Saturday.

“We’ve not had a practice yet with our full team. Coming off the (Thanksgiving) break, that put us behind a little. We definitely had first-game jitters. But the girls played hard.”

Karlee Rowland scored a team-high 11 points, with Kadence Stoner coming off the bench for another 10.

Collinwood boys 55, Hampshire 49

C 10 10 17 18 – 55
H 9 6 12 22 – 49

Collinwood (55) – Dayton Scott 4, Peyton Ward 13, Noah Haddock 8, Joe Houston Thompson 22, Aidan Baskins 5, Benson Blalock 3

Hampshire (49) – Payden Seamen 6, Cameryn Bass 17, Errette Delk 7, Ethan Bowden 4, Tucker Ford 9, Jed Page 6

3-pointers – Collinwood 0, Hampshire 5 (Bass 2, Delk, Bowden, Ford)

Collinwood girls 58, Hampshire 45

C 17 15 13 13 – 58
H 12 12 10 11 – 45

Collinwood (58) – Harlee Haddock 6, Rhianna McWilliams 8, A.C. Whitehead 17, Sophie Gobbell 21, Asia Kelly 6

Hampshire (45) – Hailey Potts 5, Kortney Rowland 2, Ansley Stoner 6, Kayla Stephens 7, Kadence Stoner 10, Madison Cagle 4, Karlee Rowland 11

3-pointers – Collinwood 10 (Haddock 2, Whitehead 3, Gobbell 5), Hampshire 1 (Stephens)  

All photos by Vanessa Beach / SM-Tn Sports

Winter sports upcoming

Area basketball schedule

6 p.m. starts unless otherwise noted
*district game


Athens (Ala.) Bible School at Columbia Acad.
Collinwood at Hampshire


Columbia Acad. at Fayetteville
Dickson Co. at Spring Hill*
East Hickman at Santa Fe
Forrest at Columbia Central
Hampshire at Zion Chr.
Ravenwood at Independence*
Richland at Cornersville
Rockvale girls at Summit
Tullahoma at Summertown
Wayne Co. at Mt. Pleasant
Nolensville boys at Summit, 7:30 p.m.


Columbia Central at Ensworth
Providence Chr. at Columbia Acad.*


Hollow Rock-Bruceton at Hampshire
Page at Independence*
Richland at Wayne Co.
Shelbyville at Summertown


Mt. Pleasant boys at Summertown

Area wrestling schedule


Independence at Fairview, 5:30 p.m.
Dickson Co., Spring Hill, Summit at Franklin, 6 p.m.


Independence at Father Ryan, 5:30 p.m.


Ravenwood at Independence, 5:30 p.m.
Spring Hill at Cascade, 5:30 p.m.


Independence at Huntsville (Ala.) Tournament


Independence at Huntsville (Ala.) Tournament
Spring Hill at Brentwood Duals
Summit at Centennial Tournament
Summit at Mt. Juliet Duals

schedules subject to change without prior notice