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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)

Postseason plans paused for District 8-AAA, District 11-AAA

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Basketball tournament schedules for District 11-AAA and District 8-AAA have been set and reset, respectively, in consideration of the current and upcoming weather conditions.

In District 11-AAA, brackets were established at Wednesday’s seeding meeting after the majority of teams in the nine-team league were unable to complete their pandemic-interrupted schedules because of this week’s snow and ice.

“The agreement we came up with at the beginning of the season was that, if we couldn’t get all our games in, we’d (seed) on win percentage rather than total wins,” Ravenwood boys coach Patrick Whitlock said. “At that time, it was because of COVID, but now it’s because of weather.”

Page, which earned home games for both the boys and girls quarterfinals, was the only program to get in 16 district games. Franklin, ranked fourth in the Associated Press Class AAA statewide poll, was the clearcut No. 1 seed on the boys side, while fifth-ranked Brentwood is the girls top seed – just ahead of the Lady Patriots by virtue of the Lady Bruins’ one less loss.

The tournament will open Sunday with 3 p.m. play-in games – Spring Hill boys at Dickson County, Independence girls at Centennial – followed by boys and girls quarterfinals on Monday, semifinals on Tuesday and championships and consolations on Wednesday. All games will be played at higher seeds.

“That was really the only time you could do it,” Whitlock said. “We’re thinking Saturday is going to be the first day we could get back to practice. No one really wanted to play with no practice.”

Sunday

Boys play-in, Spring Hill (9) at Dickson Co. (8), 3 p.m.
Girls play-in, Independence (9) at Centennial (8), 3 p.m.

Monday

Girls quarterfinal, Independence/Centennial winner at Brentwood (1), 5:30 p.m.
Girls quarterfinal, Dickson Co. (7) at Page (2), 5:30 p.m.
Girls quarterfinal, Ravenwood (5) at Summit (4), 7 p.m.
Girls quarterfinal, Franklin (6) at Spring Hill (3), 7 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Spring Hill/Dickson Co. winner at Franklin (1), 7 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Centennial (6) at Ravenwood (3), 7 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Independence (5) at Page (4), 7:30 p.m.
Boys quarterfinal, Summit (7) at Brentwood (2), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday

Girls semifinals at higher seeds
Boys semifinals at higher seeds
*5:30 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m. (boys) tips if higher seed hosts both; 7 p.m. tip for single game

Wednesday

Girls championship at higher seed
Girls consolation at higher seed
Boys championship at higher seed
Boys consolation at higher seed
*5:30 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m. (boys) tips if higher seed hosts both; 7 p.m. tip for single game

● District 8-AAA, which held its play-in games on Feb. 13, intends to resume tourney action Friday with boys and girls quarterfinals at higher seeds. Saturday and Sunday are set as alternate dates if the games cannot be played Friday, with semifinals scheduled for Monday and championship and consolation games Tuesday.

Friday

Girls quarterfinal, Shelbyville (6) at Lawrence Co. (3)
Girls quarterfinal, Lincoln Co. (5) at Columbia Central (4)
Boys quarterfinal, Shelbyville (7) at Lincoln Co. (3)
Boys quarterfinal, Lawrence Co. (5) at Tullahoma (4)
*game times to be determined; makeup dates Saturday or Sunday if needed

Monday

Girls semifinal, Shelbyville/Lawrence Co. winner at Tullahoma (2)
Girls semifinal, Lincoln Co./Columbia Central winner at Coffee Co. (1)
Boys semifinal, Shelbyville/Lincoln Co. winner at Coffee Co. (2)
Boys semifinal, Lawrence Co./Tullahoma winner at Columbia Central (1)
*game times to be determined

Tuesday

Girls championship at higher seed
Girls consolation at higher seed
Boys championship at higher seed
Boys consolation at higher seed
*game times to be determined; makeup date Wednesday if needed

Tuesday on the hardwood

Summertown girls 89, Frank Hughes 17

FH 2 3 10 2 — 17
ST 27 36 19 7 — 89

Frank Hughes (17) — Brylie Johnson 10, Jayden Surratt 5, Zoe Boyd 2
Summertown (89) — Kaley Campbell 18, Rylee Long 13, Hailey Jones 10, Ansley Burleson 9, Katie Burdette 8, Jenna Brazier 6, Reese Wilson 5, Karlie Campbell 5, Mia Dinwiddie 4, Emily Brazier 4, Alivia Riggs 4, Braley Burleson 3
3-pointers — Frank Hughes 0, Summertown 7 (Kl. Campbell 2, Long, A. Burleson, J. Brazier 2, B. Burleson)

Richland girls 53, Hampshire 32

R 8 17 17 11 — 53
H 8 6 13 5 — 32

Richland (53) — Gracie Braden 2, Katie Garner 10, Jesse Jennings 14, Kristen Garner 19, Danica Bridgers 3, Allie Garner 1, Shelby Higgins 4
Hampshire (32) — Katie Shelton 2, Kortney Rowland 9, Ansley Stoner 5, Kayla Stephens 5, Kadence Stoner 2, Karlee Rowland 9
3-pointers — Richland 8 (Ka. Garner 2, Jennings, Kr. Garner 4, Bridgers), Hampshire 1 (Stephens)

Culleoka girls 49, Mt. Pleasant 42

M 11 3 15 13 — 42
C 14 8 16 11 — 49

Mt. Pleasant (42) – Kielee Bradley 11, Baleigh Gray 2, Emily Crossman 19, Addison Workman 6, Maggie Simpson 4
Culleoka (49) – Madison Ingram 9, Breanna Dickson 20, Tyler Reischman 8, Alex Skinner 3, Maci McKennon 4, Hannah Collins 5
3-pointers – Mt. Pleasant 8 (Crossman 5, Bradley 3), Culleoka 2 (Ingram, Skinner)

McEwen girls 55, Santa Fe 46

M 9 15 18 13 — 55
S 9 10 10 17 — 46

McEwen (55) – Dakota Hankins 12, Madison Hankins 7, Jorja Stiltner 4, Faith Coltson 13, Lexi Davidson 6, Kellie Jo Hankins 5, Chailyn Soule 2, Abbie Harrington 2, Ashton Davidson 4
Santa Fe (46) – Gracie Mills 6, Elise Adkisson 20, Emmy Bates 9, Aniston Slaughter 8, Emily Hopkins 3
3-pointers – McEwen 2 (M. Hankins, A. Davidson), Santa Fe 4 (Bates 2, Slaughter 2)

Columbia Central boys 60, Lincoln Co. 56

C 17 13 17 13 — 60
L 7 24 16 9 — 56

Columbia Central (60) — Cam Johnson 8, Carter Szydlowski 2, Q Martin 14, Omari Franklin 11, Bubba Perkins 4, Roni Bailey 4, Jordan Davis 17
Lincoln Co. (56) — Jackson Mullins 3, Kelby Fitch 3, Cody Allen 3, Eli Ogle 11, Jailen Brown 9, Eric Greenwood 2, Owen Sandlin 14, Caden Jacks 11
3-pointers — Columbia Central 5 (Johnson 2, Franklin, Davis 2), Lincoln Co. 8 (Allen, Ogle, Brown 2, Sandlin 4)

Culleoka boys 60, Mt. Pleasant 57, OT

M 18 11 14 9 5 — 57
C 10 11 5 26 8 — 60

Mt. Pleasant (57) – Keevan Cooper 3, Kentra Frierson 20, Tip Marlow 8, Chris Andrews 4, Demarkus Brown 12, Gavin Alderson 2, Bennett Hughes 6, Kyler Baker 2
Culleoka (60) – Tavon Bagsby 7, Landon Andrews 20, Erick Mick 6, Cooper Parks 12, Hunter Harrison 2, Ranger Graham 11, Elijah Hargove 2
3-pointers – Mt. Pleasant 7 (Frierson 3, Brown 2, Cooper, Marlow), Culleoka 6 (Bagsby 2, Andrews 2, Parks, Graham)

Santa Fe boys 66, McEwen 63

M 10 22 22 9 — 63
S 14 16 12 24 — 66

McEwen (63) – Garrett Wright 14, Marcus Carter 4, Joseph Swearingen 9, Caleb Wilson 15, Tommy Wills 21
Santa Fe (66) – Colton Steward 8, Will Monhollen 6, Tanner Bryan 6, Westin McClanahan 8, Andy Slaughter 15, Josh Martin 3, Auden Slaughter 18, Landon Evans
3-pointers – McEwen 6 (Wright 2, Swearingen 2, Wilson, Wills), Santa Fe 10 (Au. Slaughter 4, McClanahan 2, An. Slaughter 2, Monhollen, Martin)

Summertown boys 68, Frank Hughes 42

F 7 10 9 16 — 42
S 14 13 22 19 — 68

Frank Hughes (42) — Clayton Davis 12, Macaden Hunt 6, Aiden Potts 8, Haydon Kiddy 7, Kelby Harrison 2, Carson Beacham 2, Ethan Nance 3, Alex Rondetti 2
Summertown (68) — Skyler Trousdale 7, Kadin Norman 3, Weston Pigg 2, Jake Smith 5, Grayson Burleson 19, Gavin Burleson 9, Grant Burleson 11, Will Daniel 2, Javen Edmiston 4, Kaden Trotter 6
3-pointers – Frank Hughes 4 (Davis, Hunt, Kiddy, Nance), Summertown 5 (Grant Burleson 2, Grayson Burleson, Ga. Burleson, Smith)

Monday on the hardwood

Columbia Acad. boys 52, Providence Chr. 47

C 17 12 11 12 — 52
P 16 6 11 14 — 47

Columbia Acad. (52) — Tanner Ham 14, Chase Duncan 6, Hayden Morgan 14, Drew Butt 10, Will Jackson 2, Griffin Cooper 5, Gavin Morgan 1
Providence Chr. (47) — Carson Posch 8, Eli McFarland 2, Eli Wilson 7, Anderson Reddell 9, Austin Thompson 10, Luke McFarland 11
3-pointers — Columbia Acad. 3 (Ham, H. Morgan 2), Providence Chr. 3 (L. McFarland 3)

Columbia Central girls 61, Lincoln Co. 42

L 5 7 12 18 — 42
C 16 19 15 11 — 61

Lincoln Co. (42) — Chloe Jenkins 4, Allie Bonner 5, Amelia Richardson 9, Anna Kate Cooper 4, Rilee Smith 1, LeLe Stubblefield 2, Brynne Stubblefield 6, Annalise Malone 11
Columbia Central (61) — Saviya Morgan 12, Ryleigh Hamm 8, Janiyha Riley 10, Ava Sykes 2, Jenice Bailey 3, Josie Parks 26
3-pointers — Lincoln Co. 2 (B. Stubblefield 2), Columbia Central 12 (Morgan 4, Hamm 2, Bailey, Parks 5)

Friday on the hardwood

Girls

Summertown 92. Perry Co. 13

S – 32 23 23 14 92
P –  0 4 7 2 13

Summertown (92) – Kaley Campbell 19, Ansley Burleson 12, Hailey Jones 10, Emily Brazier 9, Reese Wilson 8, Katie Burdette 7, McKenzie Runnels 7, Karlie Campbell 7, Rylee Long 5, Jenna Brazier 3, Alivia Riggs 3, Carlee Emerson 2
Perry Co. (13) – Cianna Wilson 6, Jalyn Malone 3, Jessica Klase 2, Emily Watson 2
3-pointers – Perry County 1 (Malone), Summertown 12 (Burleson 4, Kaley Campbell 3, Long, Jones, J. Brazier, Riggs, Runnels)

Culleoka 52, Riverside Chr. 30

RC – 7 7 9 7 30
C 17 16 16 13 52

Riverside Chr. (30) – Callie Eldridge 6, Lilly Ragland 2, Katie Beth Grace 5, Abby Honey 4, Jasmin Harbin 3, Ashley Butcher 4, Abi Ogle 6
Culleoka (52) – Madison Ingram 2, Breanna Dickson 8, Hannah Collins 6, Tyler Reischman 9, Alex Skinner 13, Maci McKennon 11, Kylie Thomas 2, Karlie Jones 5, Emilee Rochester 2, Andee Kelley 4
3-pointers – Riverside Chr. 2 (Grace, Harbin), Culleoka 6 (Reischman 2, Skinner 2, Thomas, Jones)

Boys

Summertown 81, Perry Co. 61

P 10 17 17 17 61
S 23 16 21 21 81

Perry Co. (61) – Jackson Tatum 27, Gunner Bradford 9, Lachlan Matthews 9, Tyler Dudley 10, Linden Brown 6
Summertown (81) – Skyler Trousdale 21, Kaden Trotter 17, Gavin Burleson 16, Grayson Burleson 14, Grant Burleson 9, Jake Smith 4 
Summertown
3-pointers –  Perry Co. 2 (Tatum, Matthews), Summertown 5 (Trousdale 2, Ga. Burleson 2, Gr. Burleson)

Columbia Central 77, Lincoln Co. 63

L 20 9 20 14 — 63
C 18 21 15 23 — 77

Lincoln Co. (63) — Jackson Mullins 3, Cody Allen 9, Eli Glenn 17, Jaden Brown 7, Eric Greenwood 2, Owen Sandlin 16, Caden Jacks 9
Columbia Central (77) — Cam Johnson 8, Demetrius McCoy 4, Q Martin 27, Omari Franklin 8, Bubba Perkins 8, Roni Bailey 3, Jordan Davis 19
3-pointers — Lincoln Co. 7 (Glenn 3, Sandlin 4), Columbia Central 7 (Johnson 2, Martin, Franklin, Bailey, Davis 2)

All-Region 5-5A picks named

Coaches from Region 5-5A have announced their postseason all-region team and superlative awards.

Most Valuable Player – Kade Cunningham, Shelbyville; Destin Wade, Summit

Offensive Player of the Year – Jake McNamara, Page; Parker Webb, Lincoln Co.

Defensive Player of the Year – Shane Cobb, Columbia Central; Caleb Jolley, Summit

Offensive Lineman of the Year – Marshall Jefferson, Shelbyville; Cooper Koch, Summit

Defensive Lineman of the Year – Antwan Moore, Columbia Central

Special Teams Player of the Year – Miles Smith, Lincoln Co.; Eston Snider, Page

All-Region – Justin Buchmann, Steven Kinnard, Brady McCanless, Demetrius McCoy, Carter Szydlowski (Columbia Central); Nashawn Holman, Anthony Seno, Holt Stewart, Deandre Tate (Franklin Co.); Jaxxon Badgett, Seth Phillips (Lincoln Co.); Gunner Gist, Tripp Hancock, Isaac Hehmeyer, Nolan Henry, Cason Walker, Hank Walker (Page); Max Hinojosa, Elijah Malone, Cayden Puckett, Stephen Sims, Demarcus Smalls, Lakota Young, Laquan Young (Shelbyville); Jesse Brimeyer, Ty Garber, Tre Hunter, Brandon King, Brady Pierce, Maddox Reed, Zach Switzer, Gavin Wells (Summit)