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Next stop: Murphy Center

By J.P. Plant

SUMMERTOWN — In what could have been the final game ever at Summertown’s historic gym as a Class A school, the Lady Eagles certainly went out on a high note soaring to an 85-62 sectional win Saturday night over Jo Byrns. 

This marks the fourth time in five years this team will be dancing at Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University — but just the second time advancing off its home floor.

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Hailey Jones said. “As a senior it’s exactly where you want to be — with the whole town behind you in this environment.”

Coaching in a home sectional matchup was a bucket list item for Lady Eagles coach Catie Embrey — something she can now check off.

“It was everything I hoped it would be,” Embrey said with a big smile on her face. “For these seniors to be able to run out onto this court one last time — it meant everything to me and to them.

“I was a little emotional before the game. We all knew we had just one more. It’s been a little bit of an emotional rollercoaster today.”

Those pregame emotions were quickly channeled into 3-pointers as the hosts knocked down 11 in the game, including five in the first quarter. Jo Byrns went toe-to-toe with Summertown in that opening frame even holding a lead at 18-17 before three 3s ended the quarter — one each by Ansley Burleson, Kaley Campbell and Karlie Campbell giving the Lady Eagles a 26-19 edge at the end of the quarter. 

Summertown outscored the Lady Red Devils 19-11 in the second primarily trading 2s for 3s hitting four more from behind the arc taking a 45-30 halftime lead. Jo Byrns never got any closer as Summertown’s lead ballooned to 27 at 72-45 midway through the fourth.

“We shared the basketball so well tonight,” Embrey said after the game. “We were able to put the players in the right spot and then able to find them for the easy baskets. (Katie) Burdette was huge tonight especially guarding their 6-3 post player. Hailey saw that Rylee (Long) was shooting it well so she kicked Rylee to the perimeter and she went to the post and was able to take it to the basket. They just know each other so well and have so much chemistry together.”

“We had a lot of injuries this past week but we just kept pushing through it and worked really well together tonight,” said Jones while watching her team cut down the nets following the game.

“I think the key tonight was to just trust everyone on the floor,” senior point guard Jenna Brazier said. “All the seniors know each other’s game and really play well off of each other.”

Brazier and Kaley Campbell were contributing members as eighth-graders on the 2016-17 team that defeated sectional foe Moore County in Lynchburg.

“It feels like we deserved it a little more this time but still as exciting as it was when I was in eighth grade,” Brazier said.

With 23 points, Kaley Campbell four Summertown double-digit scorers while Jo Byrns’ Brooke Dowlen finished with a game-high 25 points; her teammate Grayson Bryant added 20 in the loss. 

The season ends for the Lady Red Devils with an 18-5 record. Summertown improves to 27-3 and will face Clarkrange — a 72-37 sectional winner over Fayetteville — at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Class A state quarterfinals at Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

Summertown is slated to compete next season in District 10-AA, along with Loretto, Mt. Pleasant, Giles County and Lewis County.

Despite the 23-point win Coach Embrey still has some coaching points to keep her team engaged.

“We don’t give up this many points usually,” she said. “Hats off to Jo Byrns as they played really well — better than we anticipated. We were just able to do what we needed to do to get the win.”

That “foot-on-the-gas” mentality keeps her team driven as they advance further towards a state championship.

“We’re just going to focus on whoever they put in front us. Next one up — that’s our focus.”

County sweep: With Loretto’s 60-32 sectional victory Saturday at Houston County, District 12-A will send both its champion and runner-up to the upcoming state tournament. Karly Weathers scored a game-high 27 points for the Lady Mustangs (18-7), who scored 23 points in the second period to take a 36-19 halftime lead.

Houston County (22-3), which had a nine-game winning streak snapped with the homecourt loss, was led offensively by Hailey Hibbeler with 16 points.

Loretto will face Cloudland, which defeated Oneida 50-46 Saturday night, in an 11:30 a.m. state quarterfinal clash Wednesday at MTSU.

Summertown girls 85, Jo Byrns 62

JB 19 11 15 17 — 62
ST 26 19 17 23 — 85

Jo Byrns (62) — Ashlen Bryant 6, Grayson Bryant 20, Brooke Dowlen 25, Reese Payne 8, Millie Parham 3
Summertown (85) — Kaley Campbell 23, Hailey Jones 16, Rylee Long 17, Katie Burdette 14, Ansley Burleson 3, Reese Wilson 4, Karlie Campbell 6, Braley Burleson 2
3-pointers — Jo Byrns 6 (G. Bryant 3, Dowlen 3), Summertown 11 (Kl. Campbell 5, Long 3, A. Burleson, Kr. Campbell 2)

Loretto girls 60, Houston Co. 32

L 13 23 8 16 — 60
H 12 7 10 3 — 32

Loretto (60) — Jenny Clifton 5, Julie Clifton 2, Madelyn Tidwell 11, Autumn Buttrum 2, Karly Weathers 27, Carlie Urban 1, Kensey Weathers 6, Shelby Fisher 5, Emily Cozart 1
Houston Co. (32) — Hailey Hibbeler 16, Josey Gant 2, Tess Gillespie 3, Karlie Stinson 6, Hannah McDonough 5
3-pointers — Loretto 5 (Je. Clifton, Tidwell 2, Ka. Weathers 2), Houston Co. 3 (Hibbeler 2, Gillespie)

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.

After regular-season sweep, Summertown gains third win over Loretto in region finals

By Maurice Patton

SUMMERTOWN — Closer than the previous two meetings, Wednesday’s matchup between Summertown and Loretto nevertheless yielded the same result, as the banged-up host Lady Eagles built an 11-point fourth-quarter lead and claimed the Region 6-A title with a 60-56 victory.

With sophomore guard Ansley Burleson sidelined by a knee injury and junior post Katie Burdette slowed by a high ankle sprain, Summertown’s rotation was shortened a bit. However, the senior quartet of Kaley Campbell, Rylee Long, Hailey Jones and Jenna Brazier accounted for all but eight of the team’s points in the triumph.

“I feel like these seniors are just going to lead and drag us all, so we’d better get on board,” third-year coach Catie Embrey said after the Lady Eagles improved to 26-3 and extended their win streak to 17 games – a streak that includes a 57-48 homecourt victory over the Lady Mustangs on Jan. 19 and a 61-46 win at Loretto on Feb. 5.

“I’m crazy proud of this group.”

Loretto (17-7) asserted itself offensively from the start, matching Summertown’s three first-quarter 3-pointers and forcing an 18-all deadlock through the end of the opening period. Karly Weathers’ second trey of the second quarter put the visitors ahead 25-20 with 5½ minutes to go before intermission, but Summertown answered with an 11-3 run – interrupted only by Weathers’ fourth 3-pointer of the half – to take a 31-28 lead to the locker room.

“We had a crucial turnover there and they got four quick points (to end the half). They had the momentum,” Loretto coach Ashley Rutledge said.

Campbell agreed.

“That got our ‘mojo’ going,” she said. “Hailey came up with a big steal and layup (with two seconds left) and that got us excited. We went into the half with confidence.”

Any opportunity for the Lady Mustangs to get the momentum back slipped away as Summertown pulled away from a 35-all deadlock three minutes into the third period – holding Loretto scoreless for the remainder of the quarter and scoring eight straight points, before Jenna Brazier scored in transition to open the fourth quarter and make it a 45-35 game.

“In the third quarter, our offense got stagnant,” Rutledge said. “We didn’t get in the flow offensively.”

Leading 54-43 with 3:27 to play following a pair of Jones free throws, Summertown went 6-for-9 from the foul line the rest of the way – just enough to hold off Loretto’s late charge.

“We couldn’t lay off at that point,” said Campbell, who finished with 22 points and was named the region tournament’s most valuable player. “We had to keep going, just because of the team they are. No matter what happened in the last two games, they battled. We had some players step up, because of so many injuries we’ve had the last two weeks.”

Jones and Long scored 13 points each for Summertown. Weathers scored a game-high 24 points for Loretto, with Julie Clifton and Madelyn Tidwell each adding 11.

Summertown will face visiting Jo Byrns in Saturday’s Class A sectional, with Loretto traveling to Houston County.

“In a two-possession game, we’re thinking about turnovers, missed free throws, defensive adjustments,” Rutledge said. “I have all the confidence in the world my team can beat anybody in Class A.”

Summertown girls 60, Loretto 56

L 18 10 7 21 – 56
S 18 13 12 17 – 60

Loretto (56) – Jenny Clifton 3, Julie Clifton 11, Madelyn Tidwell 11, Autumn Buttrum 2, Karly Weathers 24, Kensey Weathers 3, Shelby Fisher 2
Summertown (60) – Kaley Campbell 22, Jenna Brazier 4, Hailey Jones 13, Rylee Long 13, Katie Burdette 4, Reese Wilson 4
3-pointers – Loretto 10 (Je. Clifton, Ju. Clifton 3, Tidwell 2, Ka. Weathers 4), Summertown 4 (Campbell, Brazier, Long 2)
All-region – Autumn Buttrum, Kensey Weathers, Karly Weathers (Loretto); Hailey Jones, Katie Burdette, Jenna Brazier (Summertown); MVP – Kaley Campbell (Summertown)

Photos by Vanessa Beach / 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)

Eagles fly in overtime, down visiting McKenzie in Region 6-A

By Kenneth Schott

SUMMERTOWN – Gavin Burleson was money when his team most needed him to be.

The Summertown junior forward went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in overtime Saturday night, helping the host Eagles to a 69-59 win over McKenzie in the Region 6-A quarterfinals.

“I was kind of nervous,” admitted Burleson, who scored nine of his team’s 13 points in the extra period — including a 3-pointer — after finishing regulation with eight points.

“I was taking my time (shooting them). I wanted to get that lead a little higher.”

McKenzie trailed by as many as 10 points early and by two at halftime before forcing overtime.

In the extra period, Summertown opened with nine straight points.

“We were able to take control early,” Eagles coach Wes Long said. “That’s big, in overtime. It’s just a four-minute period.”

Down by nine, the Rebels had to foul in the closing minutes, and Burleson was the one who had the majority of the free throw attempts. The other Eagles were 1-of-4 from the line in overtime.

The Eagles (20-7) also had a strong start in the opening quarter. They had the first seven points of the game and built a 10-point lead by the end of the quarter, 23-13.

Summertown forced seven first-quarter turnovers and converted fast-break opportunities off the turnovers to build the 10-point lead.

The Rebels settled down and started taking care of the ball better after that. They only had two turnovers in the second quarter, as they chipped away at the lead through the second quarter and started knocking down 3-pointers. The lead was cut to two by the half, 37-35.

The Rebels had four 3-pointers in the second quarter, nine for the game.

McKenzie gained the lead for the first time in the second half. The Rebels’ strong zone defense kept the Eagles from being able to get the ball into the paint and forced them to take more outside shots, and limiting them to one shot per possession. The Eagles managed only 19 points in the third and fourth quarter, just over half of what they scored in the first half.

Summertown center Kaden Trotter had nine points in the first half, but only managed four the rest of the game.

“They sat back in their 3-2 zone, and we really got stagnant,” said Long. “We weren’t attacking the basket. They did a good job of keeping us out of the paint.”

All five Summertown starters finished in double digits offensively. In addition to Gavin Burleson’s 17 points and Trotter’s 13, Grant Burleson added 15, Grayson Burleson 13 and Skyler Trousdale 11.

McKenzie’s Jonathan Moore scored a game-high 22 points — including the final four in regulation — in the loss.

Summertown boys 69, McKenzie 59 (OT)

M 13 22 13 8 3 — 59
S 23 14 10 9 13 — 69

McKenzie (59) — Jonathan Moore 22, Bryson Steele 13, Eli Surber 8, Caleb Gill 7, Marquez Taylor 7, Zay Webber 2
Summertown (69) — Gavin Burleson 17, Grant Burleson 15, Grayson Burleson 13, Kaden Trotter 13, Skyler Trousdale 11
3-pointers — McKenzie 9 (Moore 5, Surber 2, Gill, Taylor), Summertown 9 (Gv. Burleson 2, Gt. Burleson 2, Gy. Burleson 2, Trousdale 3)