The field of teams still in the hunt for a Division I basketball state championship in Williamson County has narrowed to 11 entering this weekend’s regional tournaments.
Region 6-AAA, which matches District 11-AAA against District 12-AAA, will be hosted by Independence High School and begins Feb. 22.
Region 6-AA begins with higher seeds hosting satellite games before semifinal games are moved to a central location.
No. 2 Independence (18-10) vs. No. 3 McGavock (21-7)
Eagles coach Greg Glass feels his team should have an advantage over the rest of the field as they will be playing on their home court.
“We’re hosting so we’re on our home floor,” he said. “One of my philosophies is to protect our home floor.”
These teams played a classic in the regular season as Indy outlasted the Raiders 97-96 in triple overtime in December. C.J. McEwen scored 29 points in that game and got help from Jason Bender with 18 points and Rhyse Randolph with 17.
Not knowing at the time that McGavock, 12-AAA’s regular season champion, would get upset in their district semifinals, Glass felt good about his team’s chances following their loss to Hillsboro in the 11-AAA finals.
“I love our chances going into next week,” said Glass. “We’ve got a lot of basketball yet to play. We’ll look at the film and make some adjustments.”
The Eagles and Raiders are scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. start on Feb. 23.
No. 3 Ravenwood (16-13) vs. No. 2 Overton (18-13)
Overton’s upset of McGavock in the 12-AAA semifinals helped set up a match between the two district’s third-place teams from the regular season.
Ravenwood’s opponent in the regional was not known at the time of their win over Brentwood in 11-AAA’s consolation, but coach Patrick Whitlock was just happy to be on the other side of the bracket as the Bruins.
“You really don’t know how it’s going to shake out,” he said when asked of his possible region opponents last Saturday. “We don’t know what’s going to happen in the other district. I’m just glad that we’re opposite of Brentwood and if we play them again we’ll be going to substate.”
The Raptors beat the Bobcats 58-51 in their regular season meeting on Nov. 27. Overton struggled against 11-AAA teams this season, losing three of four contests by an average of seven points.
Ravenwood and Overton is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start on Feb. 23.
No. 4 Brentwood (25-4) vs. No. 1 Hunters Lane (20-10)
The Bruins look to rebound from their first losing streak of the season against 12-AAA’s regular season runner-up and tournament champion.
This will be the second meeting between Brentwood and Hunters Lane this season as the Bruins beat the Warriors 61-49 in the Mt. Juliet Classic on Dec. 21.
Brentwood was forced to come from behind in that game as Hunters Lane jumped to a 22-10 lead after the first quarter. Cody Shelton led the Bruins with 24 points that night.
The Bruins and Warriors are scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. game on Feb. 22.
No. 2 Independence (19-9) vs. No. 3 Overton (18-12)
Following their loss to Hillsboro in the 11-AAA finals, Lady Eagle coach Lee Nachand knew the sour feeling of losing in the championship would be erased in the following days.
“We’re really proud,” he said. “Tonight might not feel that way, but come Monday and Tuesday when we get back in the gym, we’ll be proud. We had a great regular season.”
Indy looks to continue their season against Overton – a favorable match up for the Lady Eagles. The Lady Bobcats were 0-4 against 11-AAA teams this season – including a 38-22 loss to Indy on Nov. 29.
That game was closer than the score appears though as Indy led 19-17 after three quarters before doubling their score in the final eight minutes.
Independence is scheduled to play Overton Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.
No. 3 Brentwood (16-12) vs. No. 2 Hunters Lane (16-11)
Two similar teams, the Lady Bruins and Lady Warriors meet to determine who advances to the region semifinals.
They faced each other Dec. 28 in the Beech Holiday Tournament with Hunters Lane winning 43-39 thanks to 22 points from Deandrea Sawyers.
Brentwood led 32-27 after three quarters before Hunters Lane made a run late.
The Lady Bruins and Lady Warriors are scheduled for a 4 p.m. start on Feb. 23.
No. 4 Franklin (14-16) vs. No. 1 Antioch (23-5)
First-year Franklin coach Kari Goodwin faces a difficult test in her first region contest, playing an Antioch team riding a nine-game win streak. Over those games, Antioch has outscored their opponents by an average of 26 points.
Antioch’s last loss came Jan. 19 to Hillsboro – a 54-49 decision.
Franklin will face Antioch at 4 p.m. on Feb. 22.
No. 3 Fairview (19-17) vs. No. 2 Creek Wood (14-9)
Another rematch from a regular-season game, Fairview travels to Creek Wood for a 7 p.m. contest on Feb. 22.
Fairview beat Creek Wood 69-57 on Dec. 17 with both teams having four players score in double-figures.
Garrett Wall and Deondre Moore shared a game-high 17 points for the Yellow Jackets while Isaac Edmondson and Grant Estes chipped in with 14 each.
Chico Plunkett led Creek Wood with 15 points while Rollie Plunkett added 14, Gabe Cummings 12, and Michael Morgan 11. Cummings is a 3-point threat, sinking four in the first meeting.
No. 4 Summit (10-19) vs. No. 1 Cheatham County (24-3)
The Spartans look to extend their historic season in their first region tournament game.
Bad news is they face a Cheatham County team riding a 10-game win streak. Their last loss was a three-point decision to Creek Wood on Jan. 8.
Summit travels to Cheatham County for a 7 p.m. game on Feb. 22.
No. 1 Page (25-4) vs. No. 4 Camden (18-12)
The Lady Patriots look to do something no team in Williamson County – boys or girls – has done this season – win 18-consecutive games.
While postseason basketball can be unpredictable, Page should have little trouble against a Camden team that has last four of their last six games.
During Page’s winning streak they have outscored opponents by an average score of 59-36.
Page will host Camden at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22.
No. 3 Fairview (15-11) vs. No. 2 Cheatham County (17-10)
In an odd pairing between No.2 and No. 3 seeds, both Fairview and Cheatham County scored less total points than team’s they faced this year.
Fairview was outscored 1203-1168 while Cheatham County was bettered 1396-1358.
Cheatham County will host Fairview at 7 p.m. on Friday for a shot at Region 6-AA’s finals.
No. 4 Summit (10-19) vs. No. 1 Creek Wood (25-3)
Summit finished sixth in District 12-AA’s regular season, yet they are still fighting for a region title despite having lost six of their last seven games.
Solid performances by junior Teondra Crawford – an All-District and All-Tournament recipient – and freshman Caroline Patrick – All-District member – have propelled Summit to a meeting against Creek Wood.
Creek Wood is currently riding an eight-game win streak. They will host Summit at 7 p.m. on Friday.