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Region 6-AAA Girls: Brentwood, Franklin face elimination

Both Brentwood and Franklin make another trip to Glencliff High School tonight, hoping to be able to return Wednesday night one last time.
The pair, along with district tournament champions Dickson County (11-AAA) and Overton (12-AAA) are the lone survivors in Region 6-AA; only two can advance to the finals, but both teams playing in 48 hours will continue to sectional play Saturday.
Brentwood (27-3) faces Overton (25-4) in the first semi-final at 6 p.m.  The Lady Bruins beat the Lady Bobcats by two in November, 50-48, as only the five players named All-District 11-AAA scored on the night. Jenny Roy had 14 that night and Jessi Boozer 11 with Hannah-Catherine Lackey (9), Marissa Anthony (8) and Olivia Shealy (8) all pitching in.
“When we saw them (Overton), it was last November, when they saw us it was late November and things change,” said Lady Bruin coach Ronnie Seigenthaler.  “What we have to do is prepare for tendencies then we make it about us and our execution.”
Brentwood made it to the semi-final game by eliminating Hillsboro 62-29.  Overton beat Ravenwood 55-22.
The 7:30 contest pits the upstart Franklin team against Dickson County in what should be an intense battle.  Dickson County (23-7) overwhelmed Franklin (19-10) in the final minutes last week to capture the District 11-AAA tournament title in a 54-53 nail biter.
The loss left a bitter taste that lingers for the Lady Rebels and their head coach, Kari Goodwin.
“We have the rematch we have wanted since Saturday,” said the first year coach.  “From the moment we walked off the floor.   I said, ‘If you want it bad enough, we are going to see them again.’  This is exactly what we wanted.”
District 11-AAA MVP Anna Patton will have to step up for the Lady Rebels after struggling somewhat in the first half of the quarter-finals game, a 48-39 win over Antioch.  Patton finished with 13 points, three better than her published average, but she was stymied by a Lady Bear defense that stayed in her face all night long.  She will get help from Hannah Harris and Rachael Hawn and Kara Spierto has come alive of late on the defensive end of the court.
Dickson County counters with a freshman-sophomore combo that may create some sleepless nights for district coaches the next few years.  Both Emily Beard (freshman) and Lea Lea Carter (sophomore) were on the all-district team and played like it in Dickson County’s 67-40 win over Cane Ridge Friday night.  Carter scored 20 and Beard had 11 points, including 3 three-pointers.  Junior Payton Grove, another all district honoree, had 16 points on the night.
The winners tonight will meet Wednesday night for the regional championship.  Both teams on Wednesday will advance to the sectionals on Saturday.  Winners of sectional events advance to the state tournament in Murfreesboro.
The Williamson Herald will be providing live updates during both contests on twitter (@whsports).  Live radio coverage will be provided by WAKM-AM950 or on-line at  Terry Merrell and Stormy Mitchell open with the first pre-game show at 5:45 p.m.

Posted on: 2/24/2014


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