Tourney time keeps WilCo busy
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Basketball tournament time keeps everybody on their toes and for some it means heading home for the final time.
Four Williamson County girls teams face elimination tonight, four boys’ squads will play out the same scenario tomorrow night.
The key game tonight comes in Division II-AA at Brentwood Academy, where the Lady Eagles host Chattanooga Baylor. On the line: a berth in next week’s Division II state championship at Allen Arena at Lipscomb University. Brentwood Academy is a balanced scoring squad, led by Sydni Harvey (11.3 ppg), but Breuna Jackson (9.0), Anna Stephens (8.5), India Hall (8.3) and Bria Dial all average over eight points per game.
Key, too, are the first round contests at Glencliff High School in Nashville, site of the Region 6-AAA tournament. A loss in the first or second round ends the season.
A rejuvenated Franklin opens the session at 4 p.m. against Antioch, the second seed from District 12-AA. Brentwood follows at 5:30 to take on former District 11-AAA member Hillsboro. Ravenwood has the toughest task of the night, playing against 12-AAA top seed Overton.
The winners advance to Monday night’s semi-finals.
Boys action starts tomorrow with a berth in the state tournament on the line at Battle Ground Academy. The Wildcats spent much of the season as the top ranked team in Division II-A, but face a strong and athletic Lausanne from Memphis, a team that includes the younger brother of University of Tennessee stand out Jarnell Stokes. Tip-off on Ernest Rice lane is set for 7 p.m.
For Division I schools, it’s an earlier start at Glencliff. Ravenwood drew the opening game (4 p.m.) against Cane Ridge in a much anticipated contest. Franklin follows at 5:30 against Hillwood. Brentwood holds down the nightcap at 8:30 against Hillsboro, a game that follows the Dickson County-Hunters Lane game. Winners advance to Tuesday night’s semi-finals at Glencliff.
Posted on: 2/21/2014