Overton girls capture own tournament
By HAROLD HUGGINS
Fresh from winning their own tournament, the Overton High girls are ready to start the New Year with lots of basketball momentum.
Using their inside strength and a touch of outside shooting, the Lady Bobcats thumped M.L. King 66-51 in the finals of the Overton Christmas tournament Sunday night. It was their third Overton title, adding to the collection of the ones they won in 1999 and 2011.
Senior guard Tresi Patton scored 27 points, and Chelsea Nelson added 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Bobcats took control early, racking up a 22-12 first quarter lead and never looked back. Guard LaShae Brown popped in 13 points, knocking down three three-pointers.
“It was definitely a big win, and we really picked it up in the second quarter,” the 5-6 Patton said. “One of the strengths of this team is we play hard, and that’s what we did. We are very together.”
“Defensively, we clamped down and we boxed out and kept them off the boards,” the 6-2 Nelson, who scored 11 points in each half, said. “If we keep playing like this, there’s no telling how far we can go.”
A three-point hoop by Nelson, who has signed with North Carolina State, lifted Overton into a 54-38 lead early in the fourth quarter and put the Bobcats on easy street.
MLK guard Briana Smith poured in 27 points, same as Patton, while forward Jordan Majors added 16 for the Royals who fell to 9-2.
“Obviously, our defensive focus was on No. 20 (Smith) and No. 30 (Majors) who are outstanding players,” eight-year Coach Todd Douthitt said. “We had a good second quarter when we started rebounding better.
Overall, we did about as good a defensive job as I could have expected.”
Overton’s 3-0 tournament upped its record to 11-3. The Bobcats are 3-0, heading into a District 12-AAA showdown Friday against Cane Ridge.
On the strength of a strong second quarter Lighthouse Christian stormed past Ohio power house Dunbar (Dayton) 79-73 to win the boys division in the final game of the tournament Sunday night.
– Blackman High rolled to a 73-52 win over Rutherford County district rival LaVergne to win the annual Father Ryan Willie Brown Christmas tournament Saturday. Lukas Hart scored 15 for the Blaze which reached the quarterfinals of the AAA state tourney last March.
Hillsboro finished fifth in the tournament, thumping Memphis University School 54-35 as Brandon Cody scored 11. Cody hit a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer Friday to lift the Burros to a 39-38 win over Ryan.
Host Ryan (3-8) managed to finish seventh after toppling Independence 62-52 as the Irish used a 27-point fourth quarter to seal the win. Slate Rider poured in 32 points, more than half of his team’s total.
– CPA (14-0) blitzed Peachtree Ridge 86-62 in the prestigious Arby’s Classic in Bristol for the Lions 39th straight win. Jake Allsmiller and Braxton Blackwell scored 27 and 23, sparking the win, their second straight in the tourney.
– Lipscomb Academy senior guard Belle Blickenstaff hit six three-pointers and scored 19 points for the Mustangs as she and Loren Cagle (23 points) led the Mustangs to a 66-57 win over host Hickman County Saturday in the Christmas tournament in Centerville. Lipscomb meets Dickson County Monday at 1 p.m. for fifth place in the tourney. The Mustang boys meet Waverly at Monday 2:30 for fifth in the boys division.
– The annual Father Ryan Invitational, the state’s longest running wrestling tournament, will be held Friday and Saturday in the Irish Gym. It has been renamed the Johnny Drennan ’85 Memorial Tournament in honor of the state champ who led the Irish to the ’85 state team championship.
– Dunbar boys basketball coach Peter Pullen, whose team played in the Overton Christmas tournament, is a native of Nashville and was a guard at Maplewood High in the early 1970s before later coaching the Stratford girls in basketball. He has a 178-24 record at Dunbar with four state titles in Ohio. Two of his former players are playing in the NBA.