After getting blown out twice by Middle Tennessee Christian School during the regular season, the Grace Christian Academy girls basketball team battled MTCS to the end before falling short Tuesday 48-43 in Murfreesboro.
The Lady Cougars advanced to the semifinals of the Division II-A Middle Region District 3 Tournament with the home victory just five days removed from a 49-27 win at GCA. MTCS also won 56-39 on Jan. 4 against the Lady Lions.
Raychel Calvert and Anna Smith both scored 10 points to lead GCA, which led early 16-14 behind a fast start from Audrey Sanders. Sanders scored all nine of her points in the opening frame. Carlie Mason added nine points for GCA.
MTCS took a 25-23 lead by halftime and built a six-point cushion to open the fourth.
Sarah Wisnowski scored a dozen and Kierston Hudson added nine, including seven after halftime for the home team. Amaria Gillespie also scored 12 points for the Lady Cougars. MTCS survived despite shooting 4-of-16 from the foul line in the fourth.
MTCS will face top-seeded Christ Presbyterian Academy in the district semifinals Friday at Columbia Academy. CA is hosting both the boys and girls semifinals, championships and consolation contests.
Page High School senior Olivia Wilson was the star of the game Tuesday night, but it was one…
Christ Presbyterian Academy girls 76, Webb School 48
The top-seeded Lady Lions cruised into the DII-A Middle Region District 3 semifinals behind 24 points from Carrington Washburn in a home win Tuesday.
Carley Smith (13) and Emmaline Bartlett (12) also reached double figures for CPA, which used a 24-8 second-quarter run to pull away. The Lady Lions improved to 24-3 overall with their only Tennessee losses coming against Baylor on Jan. 18 – a 44-38 loss on the road – and a 51-50 setback against a talented Beech team during the NXT LVL tournament at CPA on Dec. 27.
CPA won Dec. 10 at home against MTCS 60-35 and 51-41 at MTCS on Jan. 14.
Webb won the district play-in game Monday with a 56-36 win at Zion Christian.
In the other quarterfinal Tuesday, second-seeded Providence Christian Academy topped No. 7 Columbia Academy 43-27.
The No. 3 Lady Panthers of Franklin Road Academy and sixth-seeded Battle Ground Academy will join the boys teams Wednesday. FRA will host BGA in double-header in the district quarterfinals.
Centennial boys 74, Spring Hill 59
The Cougars doubled-up Spring Hill early and went on to pick up a District 11-AAA victory on the road.
Patrick Garrett, this week’s Gateway Tire Male Athlete of the Week, scored 10 of his 19 points in the first quarter for Centennial, which led 26-13 after the first eight minutes.
Post player Ben Brown returned to the Cougar lineup and scored 16 points, while Isaiah Poore tallied 15. Brown netted seven points in the fourth quarter as Centennial stayed in front.
The Cougars bounced back from a 81-76 overtime loss at Franklin Friday and improved to 15-10 overall and 8-6 in district play.
Ty Bryant scored 25 points and Alex Rose added 17 to lead the Raiders (3-16, 0-13).
The Spring Hill girls defeated Centennial 63-30 Tuesday. Statistics weren’t provided from that game.
Centennial travels to Brentwood Friday for another district doubleheader.
Thomas Seaman’s night went from solid to super to sublime — all in the span of four minutes.
Dickson County boys 66, Independence 58
The Cougars overcame a strong effort from Matt St. Charles and rallied past Indy in the fourth quarter for a District 11-AAA victory Tuesday at home.
The Eagles led by as many as nine in the third quarter before Dickson County closed the frame with a run and racked up 22 points in the fourth to gain some separation.
St. Charles scored 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting to lead Indy (10-15, 4-10). He also had a game-best eight rebounds. Hrishi Salitri scored 16 points, grabbed six boards and handed out five assists as the Eagles opened the game 12-of-18 from the field and finished shooting a 51-percent clip.
Dickson County closed 25-of-41 from the floor, including a staggering 8-of-9 in the fourth quarter where Zade Holt pumped in nine of his 13 points for the home team.
Jaden Davis paced the Cougars with 16 points and five steals, while Cade Purvine tallied 15 points and five dimes as Dickson County improved to 10-3 in league play.
Dickson County girls 57, Independence 43
The Lady Cougars pulled away in the fourth quarter for a District 11-AAA win Tuesday night.
Anna Claire Milam scored all nine of her points from 3-point territory in the fourth as the home team outscored Indy 19-10 down the stretch to extend a 38-33 advantage at the end of the third.
Caty Roberts (12) and Madison Grisler (11) led the balanced Dickson County (12-9, 9-4) attack.
Jailyn Banks scored 18 points and Kayla Miller added 10 to lead Independence (15-8, 9-5). Indy hosts Spring Hill in a double-header Friday.
Nolensville boys 70, Forrest 53
The Knights halted a three-game slide with a District 12-AA win on the road Tuesday.
Nathan Foutch also surpassed the 1,000-point plateau with 14 points in the win for Nolensville (10-14, 5-4). Max McCallister led the Knights with 18 and Davin Watkins tacked on 13.
Nolensville girls 56, Forrest 47
The Lady Knights won a 10th consecutive game Tuesday at Forrest and pushed their unbeaten District 12-AA record to 9-0.
Zoe Piller scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Nolensville, while Grave Baird (15) and Parker Leftwich (12) also reached double figures. Leftwich, who went over the 1,000-point plateau on Jan. 24 to become the second Lady Knight in the young school’s history to reach the mark, also tallied seven rebounds, six assists and five steals in the win.
Nolensville hosts Marshall County on Friday in a district doubleheader.
Brentwood Academy boys 48, Lipscomb Academy 40
DJ Senter led four players who scored at least eight points as Brentwood Academy closed senior night with a win against Lipscomb Academy.
Senter collected 12 points in the victory, while Caleb Brooks scored 11 and Trent McNair had 10.
The Eagles (17-5, 7-1) jumped out to a 15-8 lead and led by six at the half. The win was Brentwood Academy’s fifth in a row and 12th in 13 games.
Brentwood Academy girls 50, Lipscomb Academy 13
Maggie Brown scored 13, Blair Schoenwald added 10 and the Lady Eagles rolled past Lipscomb Academy Tuesday.
Brentwood Academy scored 13 of the first 15 points and led 27-5 at the half. The Lady Eagles opened the second half with the same firepower, outscoring the Lady Mustangs 18-3 in the third.
The Lady Eagles (19-6, 8-2) travel to Father Ryan Friday.
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