It would figure that on February 29, which comes along just once in four years, that Antioch High finally would win its first girls region championship.
The Bears used their speed and quickness to soar past Brentwood High 59-44 Wednesday night and capture the Region 6-AAA championship.
"That's our first [girls] region championship,'' 13th-year coach Mary Beth Combs said. "After district, our entire team went on a mission.''
The win allows the Bears (22-11) to host a Class AAA sectional game, 7 p.m. Saturday against Mount Juliet.
After finishing third in the district tournament, the Bears roared to three straight wins over the past five days, beating Franklin, district champ Overton, then Brentwood in the finals Wednesday night at Hillwood High School.
"After we lost to Hunters Lane in the semis last week and finished third, our girls started on a new mindset,'' Combs said. "We spent a lot of time looking at film, practicing hard and made up our minds we were simply not ready to end our season.''
Point guard Jenise Davis was a blur as she scored a game-high 22 points, dished out five assists and blocked four shots for the Bears. Center Christina Hill had 17 points and D'Toria Fowler added 11.
Antioch led by as many as nine in the first half (20-11). But the determined Bruins gradually closed the gap and eventually went ahead 38-36 on a steal and layup by Olivia Shealey.
But the 5-foot-7 Davis calmly nailed a 3-point shot from the right wing, which gave the Bears the lead for good. The hoop started a game-ending 23-6 run as the Bears scored 26 points in the final quarter.
"I just try to do anything I can to help my team win whether it's scoring or rebounding or even blocking shots,” Davis said. “We're very excited about getting a home game [in sectionals].''
Paige Parker led Brentwood (25-5) with 16 points. Millie Tunnel added nine.
The Bruins must travel to play undefeated Clarksville (35-0) in its sectional game Saturday.
The Bears forced 23 turnovers and closed the game by hitting 10 of their last 12 free throws, including 4-of-4 by the ever-present Davis.
• CPA edges Macon County: Christ Presbyterian Academy used some late heroics by senior Meredith Roman then blew past Macon County 77-70 in overtime to win the Region 5-AA girls championship at Stratford.
CPA trailed by three with two seconds left in regulation when Roman was fouled on a 3-point attempt. She made all three free throws to force overtime.