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Lady Lions reward senior, advance to region tourney

By Maurice Patton

COLUMBIA – Joshua Bugg made sure to stress that Columbia Central’s 66-56 win Monday night over visiting Lincoln County – a victory that clinched the Lady Lions’ first Region 4-AAA Tournament berth in seven years – was not about any one person.

The fourth-year coach did admit, though, that getting Jenice Bailey – the team’s only senior – to that tournament held some particular meaning.

“She’s played so hard,” Bugg said following the District 8-AAA tourney quarterfinal win, which sends Central (18-9) into a Wednesday semifinal contest against top-seeded Coffee County. “She’s been committed to this program. She’s been a better leader. We wouldn’t be here without her.

“If there’s a kid that deserves this, it’s her.”

Bailey was no charity case, just along for the ride, though. She scored seven points in a frantic first quarter as an undersized Lady Lions squad set the tone, taking an early 10-point lead, and added a second 3-point basket in the second period to help the hosts to a 39-31 halftime lead.

“We decided we were going to push it, play good defense, get on them and never let up,” Bailey said. “We never took our foot off the gas. We stuck with the game plan. We are small. We ‘front-guarded’ (their posts), got helpside defense, got ball pressure, and we ran.

“We’ve been working for it all year, believing we could do it, and we came out and did it.”

Despite the absence of guard Janiyha Riley and forward Jalei O’Neal, both sidelined with concussions, Central was able to generate offense with its pressure defense – making Lincoln County (10-13) uncomfortable, creating turnovers and scoring in transition while forcing the Lady Falcons to play at a pace not to their liking.

Columbia Central’s Josie Parks scored a game-high 27 points Monday night as the host Lady Lions defeated Lincoln County 66-56 in the District 8-AAA quarterfinals. Central will travel Wednesday for a semifinal matchup with regular-season titlist Coffee County. (Courtesy photo by Buffy Holt)

“They’re a little quicker, a little more athletic. It was tough for us,” Lincoln County coach Chad Tipps said. “We’d thought they’d try to push the pace, … We knew they’d be smaller, quicker, faster. We thought they’d try to get up into us. We didn’t handle it well.

“And they shot it well. ‘32’ has always been a heck of a player. They all shot the ball with confidence. Coach Bugg did a good job getting them going, playing with energy. That’s always easier when the ball’s going in. But you’ve got to give them credit.”

Josie Parks – No. 32 – scored a game-high 27 points, hitting four of Central’s 11 3-pointers and helping keep the fifth-seeded visitors at bay any time they got close.

Her trey just before the buzzer made it an eight-point game at the break, and after a more deliberate start to the second half, she countered an Annalise Malone 3 with one that extended the lead to 44-34. From there, Lincoln County pulled back within a possession on three different occasions in the fourth quarter.

An Anaya Mulholland trey, a Mulholland layup and a Saviya Morgan runner provided answers, and a Parks 3 with 3:38 remaining provided the virtual dagger — giving the Lady Lions a 60-52 cushion that  Lincoln County never overcame.

“I’m extremely proud of our players and the Columbia community,” Bugg said. “This isn’t about one player, one parent, one coach. It’s about a community that’s completely bought in, and we’ve gotten another week of basketball. I’m extremely proud of this team.”

Morgan and Bailey each added 10 points for Central – Bailey before fouling out with 3:17 left in the game. Malone finished with 19 points and Amelia Kate Richardson 12 to lead Lincoln County.

“The way we play defensively, we’re going to give up some stuff,” Bugg said. “We’ve got to tough it out. We’re not a halfcourt team (offensively). We’ve got some good plays, but we can’t run them back to back to back. But when we have eight players score, when six of them knock down 3s, and when all of them are playing hard defense, good things happen.

“Josie’s one of the best kids in our school, she’s one of the hardest workers, and she’s consistently a player you can count on.”

Columbia Central girls 66, Lincoln Co. 56

L 13 18 12 13 – 56
C 20 19 8 19 – 66

Lincoln Co. (56) – Allie Bonner 3, Maggie Paladino 9, Amelia Kate Richardson 12, Alyssa Sticker 5, Lele Stubblefield 2, Brynna Stubblefield 6, Annalise Malone 19
Columbia Central (66) – Saviya Morgan 10, Ryleigh Hamm 5, Anaya Mulholland 8, Jenice Bailey 10, Kiyanah Edwards 2, Emma Hughes 3, Josie Parks 27, Kaydence Houston 1
3-pointers – Lincoln Co. 7 (Bonner, Paladino, Richardson, Sticker, B. Stubblefield 2, Malone), Columbia Central 11 (Morgan, Hamm, Mulholland 2, Bailey 2, Hughes, Parks 4)

Both Bruins advance with 11-AAA tournament wins over Summit, Indy

By Chris Yow

BRENTWOOD — With Summit coach Jim Fey sidelined with a positive test for COVID-19, assistant Ben Parker took over the head coaching duties for the Spartans. His debut did not end as well as he would have hoped, however, as Brentwood defeated Summit 39-32 in the District 11-AAA quarterfinals.

The loss ends Summit’s season without a return trip to the regional tournament, following a sectional berth last season.

“Not a whole lot changed. We had a game plan, and we’d been in communication with (Coach Fey),” Parker said. “We fully expected to come in here and win the game. We had a good chance the last time out against these guys.

“Our guys tried to execute that game plan; we just couldn’t get the ball to go in the basket. “

In a brief flash of things to come in the first quarter, Summit won the tip and Tre Hunter darted down the left side of the lane, but missed the layup. Summit struggled for the rest of the game to finish at the rim.

“Early on we dug ourselves into a hole, and against a team like Brentwood — especially on the road — it’s hard to fight back against that,” Parker said. “I’m proud of our team; they battled a lot of adversity this year and they played hard. Just couldn’t get the big shots to go in tonight.”

Much of Brentwood’s success in the first half came from second-chance points, as the Bruins dominated the glass on both ends of the floor. Brentwood coach Greg Shirley was grateful for those points, though it isn’t the method he prefers.

“I kind of like it when we make shots the first time, so I’d rather not have any offensive rebounds. But I was really proud of the way we started the game tonight,” he said. “The second shots early definitely helped that.”

Brentwood held a 17-5 lead after the first quarter, and did not outscore the Spartans in any other period in the game. The offense played well enough to maintain the lead, but it was the defense Shirley was most proud of in the win.

“Being able to hold a potent and talented offense to 32 points says a lot about us. We talk about defense sometimes having to pull you through, and that’s what happened tonight,” he said.

Brentwood shot the ball well in the first quarter against the Spartans’ zone pressure, and following a timeout after a pair of Bruins 3-pointers, the Spartans matched up man-to-man. Brentwood made quick work of that as well, continuing their offensive outburst with seven more points before Hunter got a bucket and a foul to stop the bleeding.

In the second quarter, Summit returned to their zone defense, and was able to force Brentwood into more difficult shots from the perimeter. Destin Wade then opened the quarter with a long ball, and Hunter converted another three-point play to cut the lead to 19-11.

John Windley and Davis White extended the lead with six straight points, but Summit battled to make it 27-16 at the break.

“Early in the game, it was just the effort to get on the offensive glass. We talked about it at halftime, and made some adjustments,” Parker said.

Coming out of the locker rooms, Summit was determined to force the Bruins into tougher shots and the Spartans increased their effort on the defensive glass.

Summit was on a 9-0 run before Brentwood finally got a bucket with a little more than half the quarter gone. The Bruins scored just four points in the third period, but held Summit at bay.

The offensive output from Summit wasn’t enough to overcome the early deficit, but the Spartans certainly gave it all they had to give themselves an opportunity late.

“Give Summit credit, they played hard and they made plays when we didn’t,” Shirley said. “I’m proud of this team for moving on and qualifying for regionals. You had two teams out there tonight who really wanted it.”

Brentwood boys 39, Summit 32

S 5 11 7 9 — 32
B 17 10 4 8 — 39

Summit (32) — Destin Wade 10, Bradley Stewart 3, Tre Hunter 6, Konata Werts 11, CJ Jones 2
Brentwood (39) —John Windley 19, Griffin Burke 2, Jake Brock 3, Davis White 6, Macen Redner 5, Daniel Cochran 2, Dustin Bluhme 2
3-pointers — Summit 3 (Wade 2, Werts), Brentwood 6 (Windley 3, Brock, White, Wedner)

Top seed Lady Bruins take care of business

A week-long layoff was no issue for fifth-ranked Brentwood in the District 11-AAA quarterfinals on Monday night, as they cruised to a 76-21 win over Independence at home.

The Bruins used a high-pressure defense and made the most of transition opportunities in the win. Junior Sydney Ryan led all scorers with 26 points, while Princeton signee Amelia Osgood hit four 3-pointers en route to a 24-point performance for the Lady Bruins.

Independence’s young group had no answer for the Brentwood defense in the first half, as they were held scoreless in the second quarter and trailed 46-6 at the half. 

Brentwood girls 76, Independence 21

I 6 0 13 2 — 21
B 24 22 16 14 — 76

Independence (21) — Leah Oubre 5, Evy Nichols 9, Ryan Brown 3, Cristy Martinez 4
Brentwood (76) — Eden Oates 6, Kate Workman 9, Kaitlyn Lorenzi 2, Sydney Ryan 26, Chloe Wampler 3, Sophis Rosten 4, Amelia Osgood 24, Ellie Meadows 2
3-pointers — Independence 2 (Oubre, Nichols), Brentwood 9 (Osgood 4, Ryan 3, Oates, Wampler)

All Photos by Chris Yow / SM-Tn Sports

Spring Hill headed to 11-AAA semis with win over Franklin

By Andrew Moore

SPRING HILL — Weathering a hot Franklin start, Spring Hill iced out the Lady Admirals on Monday night — earning a spot in the District 11-AAA tournament semifinals and guaranteeing a berth in the Region 6-AAA tourney with a 52-39 win.

Spring Hill outscored Franklin 13-1 in the third quarter to take a commanding lead into the final frame. In fact, the Lady Raiders didn’t allow a single point from the field until the final three minutes. 

“I think as the game went on, we played better and better,” Spring Hill coach Matt Horton said. “They fought hard, had some adversity. (Our team) played through it, and I’m proud of it.”

Other than one practice Sunday afternoon, this was the first action either team had for nearly a week and a half, but the layoff wasn’t much of a factor for Spring Hill’s leading scorer, Sierra Stedman. The offense went through the senior forward, as she recorded 22 points in the win. 

During the fourth quarter, Spring Hill’s Cole Alderson, who had 12 points in the win, was assessed a pair of technical fouls, meaning she will miss the final two games of the tournament.

“I don’t condone what she did, but I do question the second one because their entire bench stood up and taunted her and when she kinda did something back, they gave her a technical,” Horton said. “I’m not sure that was justified. The first one definitely was, she shouldn’t have done what she did, but you can’t let an entire bench stand up and taunt somebody.”

While the taste of victory and advancement in the tournament is fulfilling for Coach Horton, he says he’s happiest for his players, and said he hopes the momentum of getting a district tournament win can push this team further into the postseason. 

For several members of the Lady Raiders’ team, this is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication to leaving the program better than they found it.

“You know, when I got here, it wasn’t very good but they’ve stuck it out and they’ve been through some bad times so I feel really, really good for them and I’m proud as I can be for them,” Horton said.

Spring Hill girs 52, Franklin 39

S 14 11 13 14 –52
F 18 7 1 13 — 39

Spring Hill (52) — Kat Carter 2, Cole Alderson 12, Prairie Stedman 6, Belle Brashear 4, Sierra Stedman 22, Jaycee Brashear 4, KeyIvory Scales 2
Franklin (39) — Jean Costello 5, Amy Elliot 3, Brenn Swyger 6, Lyla Gardner 6, Kate O’Neil 13, Dylann Garner 6
3 pointers — Spring Hill 1 (Stedman), Franklin 3 (Costello, Elliot, O’Neil)

Monday on the hardwood

Summit girls 65, Ravenwood 53

R 10 4 16 23 — 53
S 15 13 16 21 — 65

Ravenwood (53) — Lexi Erickson 16, Rachel Hillman 8, Elizabeth Flynn 4, Mary Prestegaard 1, Ava Lavigne 3, Reghan Grimes 21
Summit (65) — Myah Kratzig 5, Delaney Noe 18, Bergen Allee 9, Emma Kate Bratton 3, Claudette Runk 10, Cydney Wright 3, Ellie Colson 12, Nicole Rizane 5
3-pointers — Ravenwood 5 (Erickson 2, Hillman 2, Lavigne), Summit 6 (Alle 3, Bratton, Runk 2)

Santa Fe girls 35, Mt. Pleasant 33

MP 7 10 6 10 — 33
SF 8 3 9 15 — 35

Mt. Pleasant (33) — Kielee Bradley 3, Emily Crossman 2, Kenzie Gray 8, Addison Workman 8, Ayanna Jones 6, Maggie Simpson 4, Kiyanna Armstrong 2
Santa Fe (35) — Gracie Mills 5, Elise Adkison 3, Emmy Bates 18, Aniston Slaughter 7, Emily Hopkins 2
3-pointers — Mt. Pleasant 1 (Bradley), Santa Fe 4 (Bates 4)

Lawrence Co. girls 56, Shelbyville 38

S 8 5 13 12 — 38
L 12 11 20 13 — 56

Shelbyville (38) — Lilly Brown 4, Kelsey Hardin 9, Paige Blackburn 14, Kendall Dearing 7, Zoe Reed 4
Lawrence Co. (56) — Carson Gobble 10, Katie Criswell 14, Madison Tidwell 11, Chloe Willis 13, Janie Scott 5, Payton Morgan 3
3-pointers — Shelbyville 4 (Hardin, Blackburn 2, Dearing), Lawrence Co. 5 (Tidwell 3, Willis 2)

Tullahoma boys 63, Lawrence Co. 43

L 14 5 9 15 — 43
T 16 11 16 20 — 63

Lawrence Co. (43) — Alex Carr 1, Kade Shultz 6, Elijah Reynolds 10, Ty Cobb 4, Luke Boswell 9, Harrison Hagan 4, Mac Shultz 6, Charlie Brewer 2, Kobe Carroll 1
Tullahoma (63) — Ethan Hargrove 2, Ryan Scott 8, Krys Uselton 15, Jacob Dixon 2, Will Partin 11, Keishawn Cummings 2, Joe Duncan 12, Brody Melton 11
3-pointers — Lawrence Co. 4 (K. Shultz 2, Reynolds, M. Shultz), Tullahoma 6 (Scott 2, Uselton 2, Partin, Duncan)

Dickson Co. boys 51, Spring Hill 38

SH 6 11 12 9 — 38
DC 13 7 12 19 — 51

Spring Hill (38) — Landen Secrest 4, Jaylen Rucker 7, Quintaveous Simmons 5, Kai’Seanne Brashear 22
Dickson Co. (51) —Jamison Burum 1, Brock Holley 6, Jessie Stewart 5, Josh Cope 21, Joe Carr 9, Mason Herbert 2, Wyatt Harman 4, Dylan Beard 3
3-pointers — Spring Hill 3 (Simmons, Brashear 2), Dickson Co. 7 (Holley, Cope 4, Carr, Beard)

Mt. Pleasant boys 76, Hampshire 32

M 21 24 13 14 — 76
H 9 11 10 7 — 32

Hampshire (32) — Cameryn Bass 16, Blake Morrow 3, Errette Delk 2, Ethan Bowden 7, Jed Page 2, Peyton Morton 2
Mt. Pleasant (76) — Keevan Cooper 11, Kentra Frierson 15, Tip Marlow 8, Hayden Holt 2, Chris Andrews 18, Demarkus Brown 2, Chandler Hughes 2, Gavin Alderson 4, Bennett Hughes 5, Hardin Hughes 5, Kyler Baker 4
3-pointers — Hampshire 4 (Bass 2, Morrow, Bowden), Mt. Pleasant 6 (Frierson 4, B. Hughes, H. Hughes)

How to listen or watch tonight’s district tournament games

Girls

Independence at Brentwood
5:30 p.m.
Watch: NFHS Network

Summit at Ravenwood
7 p.m.
Watch: NFHS Network

Boys

Summit at Brentwood
7:30 p.m.
Watch: NFHS Network
Listen: Summit Radio (WKOM-FM)

Lincoln County at Columbia Central
6 p.m.
Listen: Columbia Central Radio (WKRM-FM)

Hampshire at Mt. Pleasant
6 p.m.
Watch: Mt. Pleasant Video

Spring Hill vs. Dickson Co. (at Franklin)
4:30 p.m.
Watch: NFHS Network

Spring Hill/Dickson Co. at Franklin
7 p.m.
Watch: NFHS Network

Independence at Page
7:30 p.m.
Watch: NFHS Network
Listen: Dash2Sports Network