Basketball titles on the line tonight at Independence
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
The District 11-AAA boys and girls championships will be decided tonight in the tournament finals at Independence High School beginning at 6 p.m.
The girls’ contest, first on the schedule, will have regular season champ Brentwood facing Dickson County in a rubber game.
The Lady Cougars, who finished third in the district, forced the Lady Bruins into overtime in the first game before falling. Brentwood remained unbeaten in the district until the second meeting of the pair. Again forcing overtime, Dickson County put the only district blemish on the Lady Bruins record and they did it on Brentwood’s home court, a rare feat.
Eight All-District 11-AAA players will be on the court for the two teams. Champ Brentwood had five named to the elite squad (Marissa Anthony, Jessi Boozer, H.C. Lacky, Jenny Roy and Olivia Shealy), while Dickson County had thiree of their own (Lea Lea Carter, Payton Grove and Emily Beard).
The winner will face Cane Ridge to open the Region 6-AAA tournament later this week, while the loser will open with Hillsboro.
One the boys’ side, set for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off, arch rivals Brentwood, defeated only twice the entire season, will face a peaking Franklin squad.
The Bruins, led by district MVP Andy Schumpert and all district teammates Jacob Adcock and Jalen Lawson shook off the rust of not playing for 11 days to beat Dickson County Saturday.
Franklin upset Ravenwood Saturday behind 24-points and 12 rebounds from all district Garrison Mathews. Joe Critchlow, also an all district honoree for the Rebels, added scoring support is expected to to see a lot of attention from the Bruin defense tonight.
Brentwood is 2-0 against Franklin this year, winning 55-48 at Brentwood and 50-38 on the road.
The winner catches Hillsboro in the first round of the boys’ Region 6-AAA tourney; the loser will open with Hillwood.
Posted on: 2/18/2014