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District 11-AAA basketball preview

Boys

 

Brentwood: The Bruins came one game short of their first berth in the Class AAA state tournament for the second year in a row. This time, Brentwood (26-8) lost at home to Wilson Central, 60-52. In 2011, they lost at West Creek 53-48. The Bruins are poised to take a third run at Murfreesboro as their only departed player is point guard Jack Montague – who now plays at Yale. Look for Asa Duvall to fill in as Brentwood’s floor general while Andy Schumpert should be a dominating presence in the post.

 

Hillsboro: The Burros caused trouble for 11-AAA teams last year with an 8-4 league record while one of their better players was sidelined with an injury. Senior Jamontae Davis returns healthy and should be a huge factor for a Hillsboro team that reached the Region 6AAA semifinals. Davis, a 6-foot-7 wing, has committed to Tennessee State University.

 

Independence: First-year Eagles head coach Greg Glass inherits a talented roster filled with nine seniors and four juniors. Indy returns four starters from last year’s squad that finished with a 20-10 record and trip to the 6AAA quarterfinals. Key additions are 6-foot-1 speedster Vic Wharton and 6-foot-8 Jarrett Croff.

 

Ravenwood: The Raptors return one starter from last year’s squad that went 20-10 and reached the 6AAA semifinals. Point guard Devon Robinson is the key departure for Ravenwood. His speed in the open court and ability to get to the rim was cause for concern for every coach the Raptors faced. Ravenwood once again has solid size with Joey Barnes at 6-foot-8, Jonathan Allen at 6-foot-5, and Chase Hawkins at 6-foot-5.

 

Franklin: The Rebels look to rebound from an 11-17 season in which they did not advance through the District 11-AAA tournament. Franklin returns the core of last year’s youthful team. Look for the team to be led by seniors Kyle Tackett and Colson Patton with sophomore Garrison Mathews being the Rebels’ go-to player.

 

Centennial: The Cougars finished last season with a 12-16 record. Interim head coach Lawanza Crutcher inherits several talented players, including 6-foot-5 forward Matt Pond. Pond was Williamson County’s leading scorer as a junior.

 

Girls

 

Brentwood: The Lady Bruins, under head coach Ronnie Seigenthaler, are perennial favorites in District 11-AAA. Brentwood finished last season with a 25-6 record and reached the sectional round of the playoffs, where they lost to Clarksville. Halle and Sara Jarnagin have graduated, but Brentwood returns Millie Tunnel, Paige Parker, and Olivia Shealy from last year’s starting lineup.

 

Hillsboro: The Lady Burros, like Brentwood, are contenders for the 11-AAA crown routinely, winning last year’s tournament over Franklin. Hillsboro finished the season 23-10, while going 11-2 in district games. They were eliminated from the postseason by Brentwood in the Region 6AAA semifinals.

 

Ravenwood: The Lady Raptors look to bounce back from a 13-13 season. Key for Ravenwood will be the play of 5-foot-11 post Lexi McKay who has three years of solid experience with the team. Also expected to contribute will be seniors Erin Johnson and Brandi Devore.

 

Independence; The Lady Eagles advanced to the Region 6AAA tournament with a 15-15 record before being eliminated by Overton last season. Indy returns four starters from that team – Hannah Winters, Tayla Harmon, Laina Buche, and J.T. Twaddle.

 

Franklin: The Lady Rebels return three starters from last year’s team that reached the District 11-AAA championship game after upsetting Brentwood in the semifinals. Mackenzie Puckett, the leading scorer in Williamson County last year, is the key departure for Franklin while first-year head coach Kari Goodwin will count on Angela McPeak, Meredith Ovies, and Anna Patton to fill the scoring void.

 

Centennial: The Lady Cougars continue to show gradual improvement. Three years ago they finished with a 0-24 record. They answered with 4-21 and 5-24 seasons. Centennial is still fighting for their first district victory in multiple years though. This could be the year.


Posted on: 11/7/2012

 
 

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