Christmas vacation was anything but a break for basketball teams around Williamson County as squads honed their skills by participating in various holiday tournaments prior to the start of their district schedules
A number of teams had great success while traveling great distances to do so.
The Bruins won the Gateway Holiday Christmas Classic near Pittsburgh, Pa. Taken place at coach Dennis King’s alma mater, Brentwood defeated host Gateway 62-42 in the finals Dec. 29. Andy Schumpert led the team with 26 points and three 3-pointers while Jacob Adcock contributed 12.
Brentwood defeated Jeannette 66-40 one-day prior with Schumpert totaling a team-high 19 points. Asa Duvall had 16 points.
The Bruins opened the tournament with a 92-49 win against Imani Christian Academy in which 14 Brentwood players scored.
The Lady Bruins took part in the Beech Holiday Basketball Tournament. They opened with a 45-41 loss to Rossview where Paige Parker led the team with 15 points. Olivia Shealy added 10 points on two 3-pointers.
They continued Friday with a 43-39 loss to Hunters Lane. Parker had a team-high 12 points with Shealy contributing seven.
The Rebels traveled to Panama City, Fla. where they finished second in the 13th annual Barnstorm Classic.
Franklin was defeated 56-52 by North Florida Educational Institute in the tournament championship Dec. 29. The Rebels trailed 32-28 at halftime and 39-34 at the end of the third quarter.
Colson Patton had a team-high 15 points while Kyle Tackett added 11.
Franklin reached the championship with a 61-58 win over Bay High School Dec. 28. Patton had 15 points with Hunter Nelson adding 12 points on two 3-pointers.
They opened the tournament with a 53-42 victory over Enterprise. Tackett led the team with 12 points while Blake Henry added eight.
The Lady Rebels competed in the White County tournament.
Franklin suffered three losses – 60-44 to Harpeth Hall, 64-53 to Bledsoe County, and 63-34 to Lebanon.
Anna Follese shined against Harpeth Hall and Bledsoe County, scoring 12 points and sinking three 3-pointers in each contest.
The Eagles earned a second-place finish in the Father Ryan Invitational, falling to District 11-AAA rival Hillsboro 73-62 in the tournament finals. Vic Wharton had a team-high 17 points with Cam Miller close behind with 15.
Indy reached the championship round with a 68-66 win over LaVergne. Miller led the team with 22 points with Wharton next in line with 16. The Eagles trailed 51-45 after three quarters.
Independence opened the tournament with a 62-51 victory against Riverdale. Trenton Perry led the way with 18 points on four 3-pointers.
The Lady Eagles competed in the Beech Holiday Tournament, winning one of three games. They opened with a 57-53 win over host, Beech. Hannah Winters scored 25 points while Laina Buche sunk three 3-pointers on her way to 16 points.
Indy followed the win with a 67-48 loss to Sparkman and a 55-49 loss against Rossview.
The Cougars took third place in the boys’ bracket of the Beech tournament, beating host Beech 62-58 in the consolation game. Centennial jumped to a 29-19 halftime lead after outscoring the Buccaneers 18-7 in the second quarter. Matt Pond led the team with 21 points while Emmanuel Hall added 13.
McGavock handed Centennial their lone-loss of the tournament, a 52-44 decision in which Pond and Scottie Fleming each scored 12 points.
They opened the weekend with a 46-40 win over Marshall County.
The Lady Cougars competed in the Central Magnet Classic, winning one of two games. They defeated Hillwood, a fellow Region 6AAA team, 68-47 Dec. 28.
Trailing 19-14 after one quarter, Centennial jumped to a 22-10 run in the second period and did not look back. LaShundra Hammond led the way with 20 points while Delani Distefano added 15.
Centennial opened the tournament with a 52-23 loss against Gallatin. Jordan Johnson was the team’s leading scorer with 10 points.
The Raptors traveled to Cullman, Ala., finishing seventh in the Yule Tide Holiday Classic.
Ravenwood beat Walker High School 68-40 with Branndon Jones scoring a team-high 17 points.
The Lady Raptors earned third place in the Jarvis Williams Holiday Tournament in Palatka, Fla.
Ravenwood beat Forest 57-43 in the consolation round with Lexi McKay and Erin Johnson each scoring 18 points.
Their only loss of the tournament came in a 45-40 decision to University Christian School. They trailed 39-24 after three quarters before closing the gap in the final period. Freshman Bailey Swayze had a team-high 10 points.
The Lady Raptors opened the trip with a 40-32 win against Trinity Catholic.
The Patriots won one of three games in the Watertown Tournament. They opened with a 57-54 win over Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. Hunter Bennefield and Ben Brannum each scored 20 points.
Page followed that game with a 73-57 loss to Watertown. Bennefield scored 18 points with Brannum close behind with 17.
They ended the tournament with a 60-53 loss to Cascade.
The Lady Patriots finished fifth in the Watertown Tournament, defeating Davidson Academy 46-41 on Dec. 29. Cat Taylor had a team-high 21 points.
Page reached the round thanks to a 61-49 win over Cascade in which Taylor sunk three 3-pointers on her way to 19 points.
The team lost their opener, 55-43, to Westmoreland.
The Spartans finished sixth in the Overton Tournament, losing 67-50 to Stratford on the final day of action.
They previously lost to Harpeth 43-29 and Whites Creek 51-45.
They Lady Spartans also finished sixth in the same tournament, losing 61-44 to Lipscomb in their final game. Teondra Crawford scored 15 points with three 3-pointers while Caroline Patrick added 14 points.
Patrick sunk four 3s and had 20 points in Summit’s 66-42 loss to University School of Nashville.
Crawford scored 19 points in their opening-round loss to Father Ryan – a 41-29 decision.
Battle Ground Academy
The BGA Lady Raptors finished second in the BGA Classic, losing to Culleoka 52-35 in the finals. Allison Cowie had 16 points.