Ensworth to take on Brentwood Academy in state rematch for DII title
Before the game even started, Harpeth Hall found itself behind 2-0. From there, things got even worse for the Bears.
And when it ended, defending champ Ensworth had rolled to a solid 53-36 trouncing of the Bears Friday to advance to the DII-AA state tournament finals. They will play region rival Brentwood Academy at 5 p.m. Saturday for the crown at Lipscomb Allen Arena. They beat BA 57-42 in last year’s final.
Being the top team on the bracket, Harpeth Hall was required to wear white uniforms, but instead the Bears wore green. A resulting technical foul was called, and Carson Pittman hit both free throws before the opening tip. It proved academic as Ensworth bolted to a 20-9 halftime lead and was never threatened.
Ensworth’s Jordyn Cambridge
“It was my mistake,” said Coach Anne Weingartner. “We had been visitors on the bracket all the way through region, and I thought that was how it was in state.”
A bigger problem was Kennesha Nichols who had 16 points and 14 rebounds, both game highs, and eighth grade guard Jordyn Cambridge played like a senior, adding 13 points and three steals. Ensworth finished 3-0 vs. Harpeth Hall this season, although their first game went into overtime.
Coach Cleve Harris thought it might have been Cambridge’s best game. Continue Reading
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– Brentwood wins third straight region title
BGA, FRA match up for 4th time
By HAROLD HUGGINS
Maybe the biggest problem Franklin Road Academy will have in the state championship game will be climbing down off Cloud Nine.
The Panthers will stage a fourth match-up against Battle Ground Academy Saturday, this one for the DII-AA boys state championship. Both took quite opposite routes for their semis wins at Lipscomb Allen Arena Thursday afternoon.
It was diminutive senior point guard Tori Smith responsible for putting FRA up in the clouds with his stunning last-second three-point shot which lifted the Panthers past Knoxville Webb 56-54.
With the clock winding down, Smith lifted his shot past the outstretched arm of a defender and ball swished cleanly through with one second left. Teammates and delirious students who rushed onto the court mobbed Smith after the buzzer sounded.
“When I released it, it felt good,” said Smith, who said it was the biggest shot he’s ever hit “by far,” he said, laughing. “They had Rob (Marberry) covered inside, and I knew I wanted to take the shot. I was confident it would go in.”
About fans who rushed onto the court up to him after the game, he said, “it was crazy.”
Smith is getting a lion’s share of playing time because sophomore starting point guard Kenny Cooper broke his leg two week ago, ending his season. Smith is making the most of his chances.
“Tori was our best option as they had Rob covered up inside,” said Coach John Pierce, who hopes to guide the school to its first boys state title in history. That will have to go through BGA which holds a 3-0 lead on FRA this season.
“We’ve had some great games with BGA, and I’m sure we’ll have another one (Saturday).”
“It (winning a state) would be unbelievable not just for team but for our fans and students,” Marberry, a Mr. Basketball finalist, said. “We know a lot of their (BGA) guys, and it’s become a good rivalry. For our team, some of us have been playing together since kindergarten, we’re very close.”
Marberry had 22 points, nine rebounds, four blocked shots and hit 8-of-9 free throws. Smith added nine, including his only three-pointer of the game for FRA (26-8). Spence Jones had four assists. Justin Jenkins led Webb with 23 for Webb which beat FRA in overtime in the region tournament.
BGA rambles: Senior guard Nathan Moran poured in 26 points, 18 the first half, to go with five assists guiding BGA to a 60-41 romp over Memphis ECS. Continue Reading
John Overton High School Wins Region 6-AAA Championship
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Overton, Nelson charge into sectionals
By HAROLD HUGGINS
Riding on the shoulders of a monster game by senior Chelsea Nelson, Overton’s girls stormed to their first region championship since 2000.
The 6-2 Nelson poured in a tournament high 27 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots as the Bobcats (27-4) trounced Franklin 57-44 Tuesday night to capture the Region 6-AAA title and landed a home game Saturday against Rossview in Sectionals.
“I felt a little more responsibility to elevate my scoring, this being the region finals,” Nelson, who was named region tournament MVP just after the game, said.
“We knew what a big step this was to win region, and everyone really stepped up their games,” added Nelson, a North Carolina State signee, who added it was her best game of the season.
Watching in virtual awe was Bobcat coach Todd Douthit whose team captured its first region title under his careful watch.
“She was unbelievable,” he said. “How many players who are 6-2 can score, rebound, handle the press, spread the ball and pass — and she didn’t even commit a foul,” Douthit said. “She’s a special player and this is a special team. We’re looking forward to playing at home (in sectionals).”
Overton is one win away from its third girls state tournament journey in school history, following trips in 1984 and 2000. Watching from the stands was Kala Wiggins, coach of the 2000 Monica League-led team. Her squad won region and gained a AAA quarterfinal berth before losing to eventual champ Shelbyville and finishing 32-3, a school record for wins.
Nelson scored 11 of her 14 first-half points in the second quarter when Overton took control, taking a 25-15 halftime lead over the Rebels. Tresi Patton added 15 points for the Bobcats. Nelson, Tresi Patton, Tori Patton and Cachey Graham all made all tournament.
Anna Patton and Rachel Hawn, who was hero in the semifinal win over Dickson County, both scored 11 for Franklin (20-11). The Rebels will visit Mt. Juliet in sectionals Saturday.
Brentwood High and Hunters Lane meet for the Region 6-AAA boys championship Thursday at 7. Continue Reading
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Surrounded by family, friends, former and future coaches, and school administrators, John Overton High School’s Domynique Kloss signed her letter of intent to further her volleyball career at Martin- Methodist College. The 3-time all district and 2-time all region hitter will be used most likely as a libero at the NAIA level Martin-Methodist. Kloss led the Overton Bobcats to three straight district championships. Coach Kim Gaines said of Kloss, ” Martin- Methodist will be getting probably one of my all time best players as far as work ethic, court awareness, and leadership. She plays above her size. She’s small, but she plays big She was my best hitter, my best passer, and my best setter. A real utility player.”
Dominique Kloss is flanked by Martin Methodist’s assistant coaches Mindy Spalding,left, and Jennifer Jackson, right, and family and friends after she signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Martin Methodist College. Photo by Mike Strasinger
Overton, Franklin rally for semifinal wins in Region tournament
By HAROLD HUGGINS
Torry Patton scored only four points, but two of them turned out to be the biggest hoop of the game.
The Overton High junior guard took a baseline pass from Chelsea Nelson and followed with a layup for a 30-29 lead with 31 seconds left. That provided the spark for a 32-29 win over Brentwood High in the Region 6-AAA semifinals Monday night at Glencliff High.
With their hopes sinking fast after the Bruins had taken a 29-24 lead on a three by Marissa Anthony with 6:50 left, the Bobcats righted themselves and ended the game on an 8-0 finishing run.
Overton’s Torry Patton – Photo by America Saavedra-Leon
Chelsea Nelson blocked a shot from underneath, giving Overton possession, then she drove the baseline and gave Patton an assist for her layup with 31 seconds left. Two more free throws sealed the deal for Overton (26-4) which avenged a November loss to Brentwood.
“Chelsea gave me a great pass,” Patton said. “I was really nervous, and I thought I was going to miss it, but it went in.”
Tresi Patton, her senior sister, led all scorers with 12 points. Nelson, who added 10, sparked the rally with a basket, then two free throws which cut the lead to 29-28 with 5:16 left. H.C. Lackey scored 10 for Brentwood which saw its season come to an end.
Rachel Hawn took over in the fourth quarter as she helped rally Cinderella Franklin to a stunning 41-35 win over Dickson County.
Franklin trailed 21-17 at the half, but Hawn sparked the Rebels by scoring eight of her game high 17 points in the final quarter to hold off the Cougars. Angela McPeek and Anna Patton scored eight apiece for Franklin. Payton Grove led Dickson County with 14, but scored none in the fourth quarter.
Overton meets Franklin in the finals Wednesday at 7.
In the boys semis Tuesday at Glencliff, Brentwood High meets Cane Ridge at 6:00, followed by Hunters Lane and Franklin at 7:30.
Region 5-AA: M.L. King crushed district rival Hume-Fogg 57-23 to reach a region final for the first time in school history. The Royals (26-2) will meet Westmoreland in Wednesday’s girls final at Maplewood after the Eagles beat Sycamore 48-31.
Region 6-AA: Giles County ended the season for two-time defending AA state girls champion CPA with a 41-36 win over the Lions.
Region 5-A: Community ended the season for the NCS girls with a 50-44 win and advanced to thefinals Wednesday against Houston County at East Robertson High.
Bone, Ensworth soar into DII state Final Four
By HAROLD HUGGINS
For those who thought Ensworth’s quest for a fourth straight DII boys state championship was rapidly coming to an end — not so fast.
The Tigers caught a Bone on a hot night, riding the offense of sophomore Jordan Bone to a frenetic, non-stop, high-paced 61-52 win over rival Brentwood Academy Saturday in the DII-AA sectionals and rolling into this week’s state Final Four.
Scoring more than half of his team’s points, Bone poured in a season high 31 points, scoring 10 in the final quarter, including his team’s last eight points. The quick, 6-0, 155-pound guard hit 6-of-8 free throws and a key putback hoop for a 59-50 lead in the final minute.
“If we just protected the ball and played sound defense, we knew we would be OK,” Bone said. “We stepped up our game, and making frees was key.” And about returning to state without superstar Corn Elder, he said, “Corn’s a great player, but we’re establishing our own identity. We need to work hard in practice this week and improve.”
Jordan Bone, younger brother of former BA star Joshua Bone, was very mindful of the taunts from the BA students early on, as they chanted, “Josh is better, Josh is better!!” But toward the end of the game as Jordan Bone was winding up his big night, Ensworth’s students chanted back, “Jordan’s better, Jordan’s better!!’
Ensworth’s Jordan Bone against Brentwood Academy
by Bill Traughber
Segregation for blacks as citizens had been a part of this country’s society since the end of slavery after the Civil War. Included in this segregation was the inclusion of sports. Blacks and whites were not permitted to play with or against each other in athletic events in most sections of the country, especially in the South.
To enhance blacks to develop in sports, Charles H. Williams, the physical education director at Hampton Institute (Va.), devised a plan for a national basketball championship tournament for black schools in 1929.
Williams knew for the tournament to succeed the quality of the competition had to be at a high level. Each black state high school athletic association and individual schools were contacted about the event. The tourney was open to all black state champions, runner-ups and teams with unusual records. Hampton became the host school.
The original name for the event was the National Interscholastic Basketball Tournament. Only 10 schools accepted and competed in that first year. Teams from the midwest, southwest, and deep south declined the invitation due to the great distances for travel at that time. Armstrong Technical High School from Washington, D.C., won the inaugural tournament.
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