BGA Boys, BA Girls two wins away from state title
By Austin Stanley, for the Herald
The Division II TSSAA State Basketball tournament tips off in Allen Arena at Lipscomb University this morning and Williamson County is well represented by the BGA boys (29-3) and the Lady Eagles of BA (21-5).
BGA gets things started this afternoon as the Wildcats play Evangelical Christian School (17-12) at 2:45. The semi-final matchup is the first of the two teams this season. The other semi-final in DII Class-A is nearby rival, Franklin Road Academy (25-8) and Webb School of Knoxville (29-3) who play at 11:30 this morning.
BGA is led by senior star point guard, Nathan Moran who averages 18.4 points per game. Moran is deadly from 3-point range with 83 triples made this season. Also, Moran’s playmaking abilities will be key to get his teammates involved.
A few of those teammates to watch are Zac Wracher, Daniel Brown and Terrell Webster. Wracher is second on the team in scoring (9 per game) and 3-pointers (48) this season. Brown averages 8.7 per contest and Webster adds 7 points per game for the Wildcats.
Evangelical Christian has a trio of players that BGA coach Len McKnatt will have to worry about. Skal Labissierre leads the team with an 18.5 scoring average. Marcus Lytle scores 14.4 a game and senior Isaac James adds 10.5 a game.
Should the Wildcats advance, they will play one of two teams they are familiar with, having played FRA three times, winning them all. BGA played at Webb two weeks ago losing in a 69-67 effort in overtime.
BGA advanced to the state semi-finals by beating Lausanne 63-41 in last Saturday’s sub-state pairing. Evangelical Christian beat Donaldson Christian 33-15 in their sub-state game.
The DII Class-A boys state championship is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3:00.
Friday, the BA girls take on undefeated Briarcrest (28-0) in the Division II Class-AA girls semi-finals at 1:15. The powerhouse Saints from the west are winning by an averaging of 20 points a game. The first semi-final between Ensworth (22-2) and Harpeth Hall (16-9) begins at 10:00 Friday morning.
Sydni Harvey leads the very balanced offensive attack for the Lady Eagles averaging, a team high 11.3 points per game. Following Harvey, are four players that all chip in with over 8 points per game. Breuna Jackson, Bria Dial, India Hall and Anna Stephens have all been key contributors as starters. Stephens is the main scoring threat from outside hitting 48 3-pointers this season.
At the top of the scouting report for the Lady Eagles is Briarcrest’s Jasmine Cincore. The Miss Basketball finalist puts up an astounding 29 points per game.
The Lady Eagles have not seen Briarcrest this season. BA split its two game series with Ensworth in the regular season with the home team coming out victorious each time in close games. Harpeth Hall beat BA in their only matchup 37-36 at Harpeth Hall.
On their way to the state tournament the Lady Eagles beat Baylor (16-11) from Chattanooga 59-40 in the quarterfinals, after receiving a first round bye. Briarcrest beat Father Ryan in the quarterfinals 59-44.
The girls DII Class-AA state championship is Saturday night at 5:00.
Posted on: 2/27/2014