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Eagles’ eventful season ends with tournament loss at Page

By Joe Williams 
Williamson Herald

FRANKLIN – Page boys basketball coach Aaron Howard learned three lessons in Monday night’s hard-fought 58-55 win over visiting Independence to open the District 11-AAA Tournament.

“One, you’ve got to play four quarters. Two, other teams play as hard as you do. And three, we found a way to win,” he said. 

None was more important than the third, as the fourth-seeded Patriots watched a 15-point lead fizzle away in the final 10 minutes, making what appeared an easy advancement to the semifinals — and a spot in the Region 6-AAA tourney next week — a nail-biter.

“I have a lot of respect for that Independence team, as hard as they play,” Howard said. “They could have wilted at any time when we had them on the ropes, but they just kept throwing haymakers.”

And the smallest kid on the floor threw the biggest punches.

Eagles guard Jett Montgomery poured in 23 of his game-high 30 points in the second half. Just a freshman, Montgomery nailed 9-of-11 shots he took in the final 16 minutes, including 4-of-5 3-pointers.

“I can’t wait to see what the future holds for that kid,” said Howard. “If you could make fantasy trades in high school, I’d be trying to make that trade. But they ain’t trading him.”

On the other side of the coin, Howard isn’t interested in trading any of his guys, either. Thomas Seaman led Page with 18 points, showing soft hands around the paint for most of the night before ramming home a thundering two-handed dunk with three minutes left in the third to lift the Patriots lead to 15. He was hit with a technical foul after officials ruled he kept his grasp on the rim a little too long, though.

The extra free throws ignited Indy, which went on a 21-8 run over the ensuing eight minutes, cutting the lead to 52-50. The teams swapped field goals before Grant Snider sealed the deal for the Patriots with a free throw with just 0.7 seconds left.

Seaman got support from Andres Casella (12 points) and Jaime Hernandez (10 points) in the win.

The loss ended the season for the fifth-seeded Eagles despite the efforts of Montgomery, River Katina and Tyus Anderson.

“I thought the kids played great, just gave it all they had,” said Independence interim coach Jeff Parker as he hugged every player on the way out of the locker room. “I told them just to give it everything they had. They did, and it gave us an opportunity to win the end of the game.

“We’ve got a lot of guys coming back. Those guys got a taste of what it means to play in a meaningful game and the ones coming back are looking forward to it.”

The Patriots will travel Tuesday to face top-seeded Franklin after the Admirals bested Dickson County 78-28 Monday night. That game started at Franklin but was moved to Independence after a gas leak was suspected at the Hillsboro Road school. 

It is the first time since 2014 that Page has advanced past the first round of the district tournament.

Page boys 58, Independence 55 

I 8 15 16 16 – 55
P 19 14 13 12 – 58

Independence (55) – Jett Montgomery 30, Tyus Anderson 7, River Katina 7, Cameron Bell 4, Owen Ries 3, Justin Miles 2, Sam Womack 2

Page (58) – Thomas Seaman 18, Andres Casella 12, Jaime Hernandez 10, Ryan Lange 8, Grant Snider 6, Joey Cuculla 4

3-pointers – Independence 5 (Montgomery 5), Page 3 (Casella 2, Lange)

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

SM-Tn Sports

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

Page sweeps pair from Summit in 11-AAA

By Chris Yow

FRANKLIN — Destin Wade did everything he could to give his team a chance to win on Friday night at Page, but Summit was unable to cap their furious comeback, falling 64-52 in District 11-AAA play.

Trailing 48-46 with under four minutes to play, Wade blocked a Patriots’ shot and drove the length of the floor where he went up for a shot, but was contacted by a defender. Wade, however, was whistled for the offensive foul. On the ensuing possession, Page’s Gunner Gist knocked down a 3-pointer to extend the lead and it was all Patriots from there.

Summit’s Destin Wade drives to the basket, but is called for an offensive foul, giving possession to Page in the fourth quarter of their District 11-AAA game on Friday night. (Photo by Chris Yow / SM-Tn Sports)

Two possessions later, Tre Hunter made a move to the baseline where he jumped and threw the ball at the defender in hopes of retaining possession with an out-of-bounds call. Instead, Hunter was assessed a technical foul for slamming the ball to the floor as he was whistled for stepping on the end line.

Konata Werts was also assessed a technical foul in the fourth quarter following his fifth foul of the game for showing his disapproval of the call.

Summit coach Jim Fey was unhappy with his team’s reaction from his team to the adversity, but noted the difficulty in keeping composure in that situation.

“It’s obviously unacceptable,” he said. “But I put a lot of it on the atmosphere because you have some people involved over there who wanted to feed the fire.”

Wade carried the team on his shoulders in the second half, scoring nine straight points amidst an 11-0 run for the Spartans to start the third quarter.

Visibly fatigued, Wade and his team turned to Andrew Smith, who knocked down a pair of long jumpers to keep momentum on the Spartans’ side. Summit took the lead 30-29 with 4:53 to go in the quarter and led 40-39 heading to the fourth.

“I didn’t sub as well as I would’ve liked to there,” Fey said. “(Wade) has had to carry a lot of responsibility out there for us.”

Summit got off to a good start, trading buckets with the hosts before Page closed the first quarter and opened the second on a 14-4 run to stretch their lead to 11 points before the Spartans were able to stop the bleeding with a Wade free throw.

Summit battled back in the quarter, cutting the lead to six at the break, though it could have been closer with better success from the charity stripe. The Spartans were 5-of-10 from the free throw line in the second quarter, and finished the game 6-of-14 — a 43% mark from the line.

Fey was pleased with his team’s effort in the loss, but less-so with the Spartans’ execution.

“Our effort has been there all season, but we have to execute better if we want to get out of the district tournament,” he said.

Summit will likely travel to Ravenwood in the tournament next Friday night with an 8 p.m. tip.

Page boys 64, Summit 52

S 12 11 17 12 — 52
P 18 11 10 25 — 64

Summit (52) — Andrew Smith 10, Destin Wade 21, Bradley Stewart 2, Tre Hunter 6, Konata Werts 5, Brady Pierce 2, CJ Jones 4, Marcus White 2
Page (64) — Grant Snider 3, Andres Casella 8, Gunner Gist 10, Thomas Seaman 15, Joey Cuculla 10 Ryan Lange 4, Jaime Hernandez 14
3-pointers — Summit 2 (Wade, Werts), Page 4 (Gist 2, Snider, Casella)

Lady Pats pull away from Summit late

Page used a 20-2 run over the course of six game minutes in the third and fourth quarters to come from five point behind to well in control of the opening game on Friday.

Perhaps an omen for how the rest of the night would go, a Summit fan was ejected in the fourth quarter from the gymnasium for vehemently voicing his displeasure of an offensive foul called against the Spartan women, and moments later Summit coach John Wild was also assessed a technical foul for speaking his peace about the same call.

Page’s McKenzie Cochran, who finished with a game-high 24 points, knocked down the two free throws, but Summit was able to force a turnover and Delaney Noe drew a foul. Noe hit both free throws to stop the 18-0 run the Lady Patriots were enjoying at that point.

Page was 13-of-18 from the stripe in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

With the loss, Summit fell to 10-4 in district play and to fourth in 11-AAA standings with games against Ravenwood and Dickson County remaining on the schedule.

Page girls 62, Summit 48

S 12 9 15 12 — 48
P 8 13 15 26 — 62

Summit (48) — Myah Kratzig 2, Delaney Noe 11, Bergen Allee 14, Claudette Runk 9, Cydney Wright 2, Ellie Colson 2, Nicole Rizane 8
Page (62) — Braley Bushman 6, Lili Walken 12, McKenzie Cochran 24, Abigail Ward 7, Mary Claire Pike 7, Sadie Porter 6
3-pointers — Summit 9 (Noe 2, Allee 3, Runk 3, Rizane), Page 5 (Cochran 2, Ward 2, Pike)

Monday on the hardwood

Summit girls 44, Page 34

P 8 7 10 9 — 34
S 13 7 7 17 — 44

Page (34) — Braley Bushman 6, Lili Wilken 7, McKenzie Cochran 10, Mary Claire Pike 5, Sadie Porter 2, Brooklyn Burrow 4
Summit (44) — Delaney Noe 17, Bergen Allee 3, Emma Kate Bratton 6, Ellie Colson 9, Nicole Rizane 5
3-pointers — Page 2 (Pike, Cochran), Summit 3 (Allee, Bratton, Rizane)

Columbia Acad. girls 62, Franklin Classical 7

FC 2 4 0 1 — 7
CA 22 15 13 12 — 62

Franklin Classical (7) — Alyssa Kenny 5, Isabella Willits 2
Columbia Acad. (62) — Abby Ballard 4, Isabelle Dees 4, Jaelyn Hickerson 4, Averi Slaughter 3, Karlee Long 14, Katie Beth Brown 4, Madi Lewis 5, Ally Ballard 10, Ella Fuller 6, Karli Quillin 8
3-pointers — Franklin Classical 0, Columbia Acad. 8 (Slaughter, Long 4, Lewis, Al. Ballard 2)

Tullahoma girls 61, Columbia Central 50

C 8 14 18 10 — 50
T 14 19 13 15 — 61

Columbia Central (50) — Saviya Morgan 10, Ryleigh Hamm 3, Anaya Mulholland 2, Janiyha Riley 14, Jenice Bailey 6, Josie Parks 15
Tullahoma (61) — Liv Bowen 6, Kailyn Farrell 16, Lucy Nutt 14, Lily Melton 2, Morgan Carr 18, Eleanor Fults 5
3-pointers — Columbia Central 4 (Hamm, Bailey, Parks 2), Tullahoma 6 (Bowen, Farrell, Nutt, Carr 3)

Franklin Road Acad. girls 58, Zion Chr. 19

FRA 18 24 6 10 — 58
ZCA 6 2 5 6 — 19

Franklin Road Acad. (58) — Sadie Hart 17, Anna Pierce 16, Abby Takahashi 6, Reese Turner 6, Rachel Hale 10, Kathleen Pritchert 3
Zion Chr. (19) — Halle Adcox 6, Stratton Wiesman 4, Peyton White 4, Deanna Trousdale 4, Becca Hazard 1
3-pointers — Franklin Road Acad. 5 (Hart, Takahashi 2, Hale 2), Zion Chr. 0

Franklin Road Acad. boys 76, Zion Chr. 56

FRA 14 22 17 23 — 76
ZCA 12 12 17 15 — 56

Franklin Road Acad. (76) — Alex Mick 2, K.J. Casey 25, Johno Pierce 4, Nehemiah Holmes 12, Levi Cox 10, Eli Jones 3, Jackson Cummiskey 20
Zion Chr. (56) — Max Brown 8, Jackson Hughes 18, Jaron Keyser 7, Hayden Headley 13, Wesley Riggins 4, Seth King 1, Ethan Yates 3, Connor Matheny 2
3-pointers — Franklin Road Acad. 9 (Casey 4, Jones, Cummiskey 4), Zion Chr. 6 (Hughes 4, Keyser, Headley)

Spring Hill boys 79, Mt. Pleasant 51

SH 15 22 19 23 — 79
MP 7 16 15 13 — 51

Spring Hill (79) – Jayden Davis 5, Brytten Georges 6, Jaylen Rucker 14, Quintaveous Simmons 10, Ricola Alderson 5, Landen Secrest 11, Kai’Seanne Brashear 20, Blaine Martin 6, Blake Smith 2
Mt. Pleasant (51) – Keevan Cooper 9, Kentra Frierson 9, Tip Marlow 7, Hayden Holt 5, Chris Andrews 12, Bennett Hughes 7, Quinn Johnson 2
3-pointers – Spring Hill 9 (Georges 2, Simmons 2, Brashear 2, Martin 2, Davis), Mt. Pleasant 3 (Cooper, Frierson, Holt)

The week on the hardwood

Corey Brewer Christmas Classic
at Portland H.S.
Monday quarterfinal
Summertown girls 62, Page 54

S 17 15 14 16 — 62
P 13 10 11 20 — 54

Summertown (62) – Kaley Campbell 10, Hailey Jones 6, Rylee Long 16, Katie Burdette 17, Ansley Burleson 6, Reese Wilson 2, Mia Dinwiddie 3, Karlie Campbell 2
Page (54) – Braley Bushman 17, Lili Wilken 12, McKenzie Cochran 14, Mary Clair Pike 5, Sadie Porter 6
3-pointers – Summertown 3 (Long, Burleson 2), Page 11 (Bushman 3, Wilken 3, Cochran 4, Pike)

Monday semifinal
Coffee Co. girls 41, Summertown 36

S 10 5 13 8 – 36
C 6 11 11 13 — 41

Summertown (36) – Kaley Campbell 4, Hailey Jones 11, Rylee Long 8, Ansley Burleson 5, Reese Wilson 2, Karlie Campbell 6
Coffee Co. (41) – Chloe Gannon 5, Jalie Ruehling 6, Emma Fulks 4, Alivia Reel 6, Bella Vinson 14, Elli Chumley 6
3-pointers – Summertown 6 (Jones 3, Long, Burleson, Kar. Campbell), Coffee Co. 4 (Ruehling, Fulks, Vinson 2)

Tuesday third-place game
Summertown girls 72, Ravenwood 55

S 15 18 22 17 – 72
R 14 9 17 15 – 55

Summertown (72) — Katie Burdette 17, Rylee Long 14, Ansley Burleson 14, Kaley Campbell 9, Emily Brazier 7, Karlie Campbell 6, Reese Wilson 4, Braley Burleson 1
Ravenwood (55) — Lexi Erickson 18, Reghan Grimes 13, Rachel Hillman 10, Natalie Prestegaard 6, Ava Lavigne 5, Elizabeth Flynn 2, Mary Prestegaard 1
3-pointers – Summertown 9 (Long 3, A. Burleson 4, Kal. Campbell, Brazier), Ravenwood 9 (Erickson 4, Hillman 2, N. Prestegaard 2, Lavigne)