The District 11-AAA basketball tournament kicks off this week with play-in games to be played Thursday between the Nos. 8 and 9 seeds.
The Independence boys, who closed the season 11-16 overall and 5-11 in district play, will host Spring Hill (3-19, 0-16) Thursday night, while the Franklin girls (6-21, 2-14) host Centennial (2-22, 0-16) as well.
The winners of those games will visit Brentwood Friday night. The top-seeded Lady Bruins (23-1, 16-0) finished the regular season Tuesday with a 63-46 win against Independence – their 23rd consecutive victory – to close 16-0 in district play.
After a noteworthy regular season, the Fairview girls basketball team seems intent on having a memorable postseason, too.
The Brentwood boys (21-6, 14-2) also produced a top seed and will host the Indy-Spring Hill winner. Eleven of the 16 district games the Bruins played have been decided by seven points or less and three have pushed into overtime.
The league has produced nine overtime games, including three triple overtime marathons, to go with a handful of buzzer-beating wins. Brentwood won at Dickson County 70-67 in three overtimes on Jan. 24, Franklin won at Independence 76-74 on Feb. 4 in 3OTs and Centennial just tipped Ravenwood Tuesday 74-71 in 3OTs. The Raptors also fell 74-61 in double overtime at Page on Feb. 11.
Other boys’ games Friday night in the district quarterfinals include No. 2 Summit (20-5, 13-3) hosting No. 7 Page (14-10, 6-10), No. 3 Dickson County (20-7, 10-6) hosts No. 6 Ravenwood (9-17, 6-10) and No. 4 Franklin (19-9, 9-7) hosts No. 5 Centennial (16-11, 9-7).
Other girls’ games Friday night include No. 7 Spring Hill (9-16, 4-12) at No. 2 Page (23-2, 14-2), No. 6 Summit (12-12, 7-9) at No. 3 Dickson County (14-10, 11-5) and No. 5 Ravenwood (13-13, 8-8) at No. 4 Independence (16-9, 10-6).
District semifinals and championships will be played at Independence High School and the Region 6-AAA tournament will be hosted by Overton next week.
In District 12-AA, top-seeded Nolensville (21-4), which finished with a perfect 10-0 district record, will face No. 4 Giles County in the district semifinals Thursday. Giles County edged Community 42-41 in the Nos. 4-5 quarterfinal matchup Monday.
The Nolensville boys (11-14) are the No. 2 seed in the tournament and also received a bye into the district semifinals with a 6-4 mark in league play. The top seed is Community (27-1, 10-0).
The Knights will play Friday against No. 6 Forrest, which up-ended No. 3 Giles County on the road Tuesday 59-51. That semifinal will also be played at Marshall County.