David Lipscomb girls take first step toward goal of another state tournament berth

Monday, February 13, 2012 at 11:32pm

The smallest player on the court had the biggest game.

And, thanks in good part to senior Emily Easter, David Lipscomb is headed to the semifinals of the girls District 10-AAA basketball tournament. The Mustangs defeated Whites Creek 46-27 in their tournament opener Monday night.

In addition to her nine points, Easter, a 5-foot point guard, grabbed five rebounds and dished out eight assists as the Mustangs took a big first step toward reaching the AA state tournament for a second straight year.

"We have four seniors, and I've have been playing with them since sixth grade, and we've played AAU ball together,'' Easter said. "We've developed a love and a strong friendship during that time.

"Getting to state last year was special, we want to get back there and re-live that feeling.”

Lipscomb led just 6-4 at the end of the first quarter and just 22-16 late in the third before it gradually pulled away. A pair of 3s by senior Kelli Smith helped the Mustangs widen the gap.

Chelsee Fields matched Easter with nine points, and Smith added eight as Lipscomb (22-6) beat the Creek for a third time.

"We put more pressure on their guards, trying to force play,'' Easter said. "There was certainly more urgency for us because it was an elimination game.''

In a similar situation four years ago, Lipscomb, as a No. 2 seed, lost at home to No. 7 seed East Lit, and had its season brought to an abrupt end.

Junior forward Alexis Lang, who scored a game-high 15 points, led Whites Creek.

"We knew she was a good player,'' Lipscomb coach Ernie Smith said. "The first time we played them, she had food poisoning and didn't play. The second game, she got hit in the face and didn't play but 2-3 minutes. She certainly had an excellent game (Monday).

"It's always a little nerve-wracking when it's an elimination game. I knew Whites Creek was better than a No. 7 finisher in the district. We played a lot better in the second half.''

Lipscomb advances to the semifinals Friday at Stratford High where the Mustangs play M.L. King. MLK beat East Lit 54-32 Monday.

NCS rolls: Host Nashville Christian School blew open the game with a 22-point fourth quarter and coasted to a 66-32 victory over Clarksville Academy in the Eagles opener in the girls District 10-A tourney.

Junior Natalie Irwin led NCS (15-14) with 24 points. Sophomore Kendall Lewis added 15 points, including four three-pointers, and sophomore post Kayla Baker hauled down 12 rebounds.

The Eagles actually trailed 19-12 after the first quarter.

"We played much better in the second half, and Natalie was a force offensively,'' coach Brandon Wood, whose team is making its second straight region trip, said.

The NCS boys hope to join the girls in the quarterfinals as they host East Robertson 7 p.m. Tuesday. The tourney moves to East Robertson Friday.

District tournaments

District 11-AAA

Wednesday (girls): Ravenwood at Independence, 7 p.m.; Centennial at Franklin, 7 p.m.
Thursday (boys): Franklin at Ravenwood, 7 p.m.; Centennial at Independence, 7 p.m.
(at Franklin High)
Saturday (girls): Brentwood vs. Franklin-Centennial winner, 4 p.m.; Hillsboro vs.
Independence-Ravenwood winner, 7 p.m.
Saturday (boys): Independence-Centennial winner, 5:30 p.m.; Brentwood vs. Ravenwood-Franklin winner, 8:30 p.m.
Consolation finals
girls, 6 p.m.; boys 7:30 p.m.
girls, 6 p.m.; boys 7:30 p.m.
District 12-AAA
(at Antioch High)
First round
Thursday (girls): Glencliff vs. Hillwood, 6 p.m.
Thursday (boys): Glencliff vs. Hillwood, 7:30 p.m.
Second round
Friday (girls): McGavock vs. Hunters Lane, 4 p.m.; Cane Ridge vs. Glencliff-Hillwood winner, 7 p.m.
Friday (boys): Cane Ridge vs. Overton, 5:30 p.m.; McGavock vs. Glencliff-Hillwood winner, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday (girls):
Antioch vs. Hunters Lane-McGavock winner, 4 p.m.; Overton vs. Cane Ridge-Glencliff/Hillwood winner, 7 p.m.
Saturday (boys): Hunters Lane vs. Overton-Cane Ridge winner, 5:30 p.m.; Antioch vs. McGavock-Glencliff/Hillwood winner, 8:30 p.m.
Consolation finals
girls 6 p.m.; boys 7:30 p.m.
girls 6 p.m.; boys 7:30 p.m.
District 10-AA
Saturday’s results

Boys play-in: Hume-Fogg 39, Whites Creek 33.
Monday’s results (girls)

Christ Presbyterian Academy 68, Stratford 16
Hume-Fogg 50, Pearl-Cohn 42
David Lipscomb 46, Whites Creek 27
M.L. King 54, East Lit 32

Tuesday (boys): Hume-Fogg at Christ Presbyterian Academy; Pearl-Cohn at Maplewood; Stratford at East Lit; M.L. King at David Lipscomb, all games at 6:30 p.m.
(at Stratford High)

Friday (girls): Quarterfinal winners, Lipscomb vs. M.L. King, 4 p.m.; CPA vs. Hume-Fogg, 7 p.m.
Friday (boys): Quarterfinal winners, 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Consolation finals
girls 6 p.m.; boys 7:30 p.m.
girls 6 p.m.; boys 7:30 p.m.
District 10-A
Monday’s result (girls)

Nashville Christian School 66, Clarksville Academy 32

Tuesday (boys): East Robertson at Nashville Christian School, 7 p.m.
Tournament moves to East Robertson Friday, Saturday.

Division II-A Middle/East Region

Monday (boys): St. Andrews-Sewanee at Franklin Road Academy; Donelson Christian Academy at Ezell-Harding.
Tuesday: Webb at Franklin Road Academy, 6 p.m., girls; Davidson Academy at University School of Nashville, girls, 6 p.m., followed by Davidson Academy at University School of Nashville, 7:30, boys; St. Cecilia at Ezell-Harding, girls, 7 p.m.
(at Webb School, Bell Buckle)
Friday: girls 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; boys 4:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
Consolation finals
Saturday: girls 2 p.m. p.m.; boys 3:45 p.m.
Saturday: girls 5:30 p.m.; boys 7:15 p.m.