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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
CPA flexes muscles, continues winning ways
By HAROLD HUGGINS
The big-time wins and the huge numbers just keep piling up for Christ Presbyterian Academy.
Before a standing room crowd of almost 1,500 fans at Ensworth, CPA rolled to an impressive 64-41 win over the host Tigers Saturday night in a TV-30 game as the Lions seem to be sailing non-stop toward a third straight Class AA state championship.
The mid-season matchup sent CPA, winner of two straight AA titles, against Ensworth, which has won the last three DII-AA crowns, in what amounted to “championship night” at Ensworth.
CPA’s Braxton Blackwell drives past Ensworth’s Andrew Fleming
Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TWSA) ALL-STATE TEAMS-2013
• Coach of the Year: David Meske (Knoxville Webb)
QB – A.J. Long (Friendship Christian School), Dean Brown (St. George’s), RB – Cole Heotis (Evangelical Christian), Mitchell Bodiford (Univ. School of Jackson), Kortney Morris (First Assembly Christian), FB— Robby Strachan (Knoxville Webb), WR – Austin Orr (Univ. School of Jackson) Ridge Palmer (King’s Academy), OL – Joe Irby (Franklin Road Acad.), Andrew Wood (Friendship Christian), Jacob Still (St. George’s), McKenzie Hill (Evangelical Christian), Jarin Wordin (Donelson Christian Acad.), Cole Sams (Knoxville Webb), TE – Eric Arnold (Univ. School of Jackson), ATH – Steven Hollis (Friendship Christian), Jason Maduafokwa (King’s Academy), K – Blake Grosch (Friendship Christian).
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Inside-outside1-2 punch sparks FRA boys
By HAROLD HUGGINS
A big-time 1-2 punch at Franklin Road Academy has led to a knockout punch of most of its foes this season.
In giant 6-7, 230-pound senior post Rob Marberry and diminutive 6-0, 165 sophomore guard Kenny Cooper, the Panthers have one of the best inside-outside duos in Nashville basketball. Apart, they are very good players. Together, the Mutt and Jeff twosome are providing major double trouble for defenses.
Friday was another case in point. In a 71-36 DII home romp over DII foe Davidson Academy, Marberry poured in 25 points with 10 rebounds, while Cooper rattled in 18 points (16 the first half) and seven assists, most of them dished out to Marberry.
“We complement each other,” Marberry, a Western Kentucky signee, said after the game. “Teams can’t focus too much on either of us, because the other guy will take advantage of it.”
FRA’s Kenny Cooper and Rob Marberry -File photos by Mike Strasinger
DCA, Reddick remain unbeaten with OT win at FRA
By HAROLD HUGGINS
Nearly all the time, a team’s success is defined by the play and the exuberance of its quarterback.
Donelson Christian Academy has such a gem in senior Will Reddick who is full of enthusiasm, charisma and energy, all of which rubs off on Wildcat teammates. It was enough — barely — to carry DCA to a 26-23 overtime victory at Franklin Road Academy Friday night.
Reddick directed an offense which has scored 158 points in the four games. On Friday, he engineered an attack good for 307 yards on Friday. He hit eight passes for 106 yards in a game which kept the Wildcats undefeated (4-0) and still in first place in DII-A East/Middle standings at 2-0. Continue Reading
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