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Road Raiders reach peak of Region 5-A

By Chris Yow

CEDAR HILL — Establishing an inside presence early and knocking down free throws was the recipe for success on Thursday for Richland, as the Raiders earned the Region 5-A championship with a 51-40 win at Jo Byrns.

“I really don’t want to talk about (making free throws) because I feel like you’re jinxing us,” Richland coach Jason Loveless said with a laugh postgame. “In all honesty, we have felt really comfortable when we have a lead in the fourth quarter to make (opponents) come out and guard us.

“Those are seniors stepping to the line and getting it done.”

Richland (25-1) converted 10 of its final 12 attempts from the line in the fourth quarter and went 13-for-18 for the game. Jo Byrns did not attempt a free throw in the game.

Senior post player Stevie Ballinger dropped in six of the Raiders’ first nine points of the game, forcing the hosts to adjust to the size advantage he held under the bucket. With Ballinger drawing attention, his classmates made the Red Devils pay.

Daniel Nicholson poured in a team-high 17 points for Richland and Logan Helton added 15.

The Raiders forced six first-half turnovers, and 10 for the game, and built a 10-point lead in the first half before the hosts battled back. Jo Byrns (17-4) ended the first half on an 8-2 run that saw a pair of 3-pointers go in.

The Red Devils then cut the lead to 27-25 coming out the break on the first possession with a bucket from Jayden Caira. The senior guard finished with a game-high 19 points as the only player in double figures for Jo Byrns.

Ballinger answered on the other end for the Raiders, and by the end of the third quarter — on the heels of a buzzer-beating trey from sophomore Jase Derryberry — the visitors were ahead 39-30.

Jo Byrns wasn’t going to go away easily in the region championship, as a raucous crowd cheered on the home team. Logan Head got a bucket that was answered by Nicholson, but Caira scored five straight to cut the lead to 41-37.

That was as close as the game would get, however, as Richland played keepaway and knocked down those critical free throws — the final six from Helton — to ice it.

“We’ve got great leadership on this team, and it starts with those seniors,” Loveless said. “Jackson Alsup and Daniel Nicholson are very much our vocal leaders, and you’ve got guys like (Helton) who steps up and does it with his play and his presence.”

Richland will host Loretto, which fell 56-41 at West Carroll in the Region 6-A finals, in a Monday night sectional matchup. Loveless said, however, he and his team will enjoy this one for now.

“We are going to enjoy this one. This is hard to do, and Jo Byrns is a good basketball team. We had to fight,” he said. “We’re only focused on the next 32 minutes. When we wake up (Friday) we will put our hats on and go to work.”

Richland boys 51, Jo Byrns 40

R 17 10 12 12 — 51
JB 13 10 7 10 — 40

Richland (51) — Logan Helton 15, Daniel Nicholson 17, Trey Luna 8, Stevie Ballinger 8, Jase Derryberry 3
Jo Byrns (40) — Taylor Head 6, Ryan Dowlen 8, Bryce Cox 3, Logan Head 2, Jayden Caira 19, Kenny Tolliver 2
3-pointers — Richland 4 (Luna 2, Helton, Derryberry), Jo Byrns 6 (Caira 3, Dowlen 2, Cox)

Photos by Chris Yow / SM-TN Sports

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.

Raiders dunk visiting Irish, advance to Region 5-A finals

By Maurice Patton

LYNNVILLE – A typically stoic Jason Loveless couldn’t help but smile when, with 3:35 left in top-seed Richland’s Region 5-A semifinal matchup Tuesday night against visiting Houston County, Tyrell Randolph and Logan Helton hooked up on an alley-oop.

Helton’s two-handed finish put the Raiders up by 28, and Loveless cleared the bench soon after as the reserves finished the 62-27 victory – Richland’s 24th in 25 games, with at least two still to be played.

“I’ve been doing this long enough that I know you’ve got to enjoy the good, because there’s good and bad,” the 14-year veteran coach said. “When they play hard and enjoy themselves, I’m going to enjoy it too.”

The end was more enjoyable than the start, both for the Raiders and their coach, as Houston County (12-12) got the hosts’ attention early – leading 12-9 after the opening quarter.

“We’ve been in this moment. My concern was that the guys may have been too energetic, getting themselves out of position,” Loveless said. “(Down) four, six, eight, we’re going to keep doing what we do. We kept methodically grinding on defense, we got the lead and built on it.

“We just talked at halftime about how we were up Saturday against East Robertson and we came out and gave up a 10-0 run. We had to come out and put this one away.”

With a 28-17 bulge at the break, Richland scored eight straight to open the third quarter, then countered a pair of Irish free throws with a Daniel Nicholson 3-pointer to make it a 39-19 game with just under three minutes remaining in the period.

From there, the suspense was all but gone.

“We took the lead early, but it didn’t faze them,” Houston County coach Ethan Dillard said. “They turned up the pressure and took control of the game. Their physicality and their effort, their experience – ‘10’ and ‘35’ are good shot makers, they can score from anywhere. ‘10’ really took control of the game, but they were all under control. They’re a really well-coached team, disciplined.”

They can also make plays on their own, though. Like the alley-oop.

“That’s just chemistry,” said Randolph, the junior guard who got into the middle of the Irish defense in transition with Helton on his left and put the ball up toward the rim for his senior teammate. “We hadn’t practiced that or anything. We’ve lobbed it from the 3-point line, but that was the only thing we’d practiced. That was just chemistry.

“We saw the opportunity and we took it.”

Trey Luna – No. 35 – and Helton, No. 10, led the way offensively for the Raiders with 17 and 14 points, while Nicholson added 14 and Randolph eight.

More pleasing for Loveless, though, was his team allowing just 15 points over the final 24 minutes.

“I told them I appreciated them; in today’s game, it’s tough to get that buy-in on defense. We were really dialed in and locked in. Whatever happens, we’re going to play defense. There’s going to be nights when the ball doesn’t fall. I’m just so proud of our defensive effort.”

Assured of a berth in Monday’s Class A state sectionals, Richland will travel Thursday to District 9-A tourney titlist Jo Byrns – a 65-39 region semifinal winner Tuesday over Culleoka. Region champions host in the sectionals, with runners-up playing on the road.

“Winning’s fun,” Loveless said.

Richland boys 62, Houston Co. 27

H 12 5 6 4 – 27
R 9 19 16 18 – 62

Houston Co. (27) – Brison Self 7, Kerion Tyler 8, Kollin Hibbeler 2, Andrew Meadow 10
Richland (62) – Tyrell Randolph 8, Logan Helton 14, Daniel Nicholson 10, Trey Luna 17, Stevie Ballinger 6, Carter Edwards 2, Jace Derryberry 3, Gage Kirk 2
3-pointers – Houston Co. 0, Richland 5 (Helton 2, Nicholson, Luna, Derryberry)

Photos by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports

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

Monday on the hardwood

Jo Byrns girls 58, Richland 53

J – 12 21 10 14 — 58
R – 11 16 9 17 — 53

Jo Byrns (58) — Ashlen Bryant 8, Emilee Head 2, Grayson Bryant 11, Reese Payne 14, Brooke Dowlen 21, Millie Putnam 2
Richland (53) — Katie Garner 4, Jesse Jennings 33, Kristen Garner 4, Allie Garner 7
3-pointers — Jo Byrns 4 (Dowlen 4), Richland 1 (Jennings)

Houston Co. girls 56, Hampshire 33

H – 3 9 10 11 — 33
HC – 16 11 18 11 — 56

Hampshire (33) — Kortney Rowland 6, Ansley Stoner 1, Kayla Stephens 14, Kadence Stoner 4, Madison Cagle 2, Karlee Rowland 6
Houston County (56) — Hailey Hibbeler 13, Josey Gant 11, Karlie Stinson 10, Haylie Brooks 2, Holly Elliott 7, R’Shonte Kizer 2, Maddie Ross 5, Hannah McDonough 6
3-pointers — Hampshire 2 (Stephens 2), Houston Co. 3 (Stinson 2, Hibbeler)

Summertown girls72, Huntingdon 36

S – 18  23  27  4  — 72
H – 10  6    8   12 — 36

Huntingdon 36 — Addison Postlethwait 12, Ashlyn Rich 6, Shelby Childress 4, Lilly Kee 4, Brooke Butler 3, Kelby Crossno 3, Brooklyn Williams 2, Sophie Singleton 2
Summertown (72) — Kaley Campbell 25, Katie Burdette 12, Jenna Brazier 9, Hailey Jones 9, Reese Wilson 5, Karlie Campbell 4, Rylee Long 2, Emily Brazier 2, McKenzie Runnels 2, Chloe Heatherly 2
3-pointers — Huntingdon 3 (Postlethwait, Butler, Childress), Summertown 8 (Kaley Campbell 3, J Brazier 3, Jones 2)

Loretto girls 66, McKenzie 54

M – 11 6 20 17 — 54
L – 14 8 25 21 — 66

McKenzie (54) — Briley Auvenshine 2, Savannah Davis 19, Kylie Reynolds 11, Lilly Bennett 22
Loretoo (66) — Julie Clifton 8, Madelyn Tidwell 4, Autumn Buttram 9, Karly Weathers 18, Kensey Weathers 25, Shelby Fisher 2
3-pointers — McKenzie 5 (Davis 2, Bennett 2, Reynolds), Loretto 2 (Buttram, Ka. Weathers)

Oakland girls 51, Lawrence Co. 33

L – 8 13 8 4 — 33
O – 8 10 16 17 — 51

Lawrence Co. (33) — Carson Gobble 4, Katie Criswell 6, Madison Tidwell 8, Chloe Willis 7, Jacie Scott 2, Emmy Clark 5, Payton Morgan 1.
Oakland (51) — Nicole Egeruoh 2, Teriana Covington 8, Claira McGowen 13, Myah Sutton 6, Ni’Kiah Chesterfield 14, Beth Nelson 4, Destiny Newman 4
3-pointers — Lawrence Co. 1 (Willis), Oakland 7 (McGowen 3, Sutton 2, Covington, Newman)

Saturday on the hardwood

Richland boys 62, East Robertson 40

ER 16 4 16 4 — 40
R 17 22 6 17 — 62

East Robertson (40) — Van True 8, Alex Patterson 11, Carson Searcy 6, Daniel Iwanowski 13, Shawn Groves 2
Richland (62) — Tyrell Randolph 5, Logan Helton 9, Daniel Nicholson 12, Trey Luna 18, Jace Derryberry 18
3-pointers — East Robertson 4 (Iwanowski 3, Searcy), Richland 9 (Derryberry 6, Luna 2, Helton)

Houston Co. boys 50, Mt. Pleasant 45

MP 9 15 6 15 – 45
HC 14 11 7 18 — 50

Mt. Pleasant (45) – Keevan Cooper 8, Kentra Frierson 13, Tip Marlow 4, Demarkus Brown 6, Gavin Alderson 5, Bennett Hughes 6, Hardin Hughes 3
Houston Co. (50) – Brison Self 10, Kerion Tyler 8, Kollin Hibbeler 3, Andrew Meadow 7, Conner Conwell 18, Clayton Mitchell 4
3-pointers – Mt. Pleasant 8 (Cooper, Frierson 3, Brown, B. Hughes 2, H. Hughes), Houston Co. 1 (Self)

Loretto boys 62, Hollow Rock-Bruceton 46

H 5 11 18 12 — 46
L 10 17 16 19 – 62

Hollow Rock-Bruceton (46) – Austin Craig 9, Caleb Haskins 6, Cameron Lowe 13, Thomas Crews 17, Daniel Inman 1
Loretto (62) – Shaler Hankins 12, Caleb Davis 11, Xavier Young 5, Brendon Tipps 15, Tabias Sirmones 19
3-pointers – Hollow Rock-Bruceton 11 (Craig 3, Haskins, Lowe 2, Crews 5), Loretto 6 (Davis 3, Tipps 3)

Jo Byrns boys 61, Santa Fe 43

SF 9 12 13 9 — 43
JB 13 19 17 12 — 61

Santa Fe (43) — Colton Steward 8, Logan Wilkins 2, Josh Martin 8, Will Monhollen 9, Andy Slaughter 8, Auden Slaughter 8
Jo Byrns (61) — Jayden Coura 11, Taylor Head 12, Ryan Dowlen 15, Logan Head 4, Bryce Cox 10, Kenny Tolliver 9
3-pointers — Santa Fe 4 (Steward, Martin, Monhollen, Au. Slaughter), Jo Byrns 3 (T. Head, Dowling, Cox)