Although the stakes weren’t nearly as high, Hillsboro still felt a lot better about itself than the last time the Burros played Hunters Lane.
Three days after its first defeat, Hillsboro (10-1) bounced back with an impressive 48-32 win over the Warriors on Friday. The last time the teams met Hunters Lane ended the Burros’ 2011-12 season with a victory the region quarterfinals.
“That loss really hurt, and we’ve been gearing up for it all week,” senior guard B.J. Fleming who scored a game-high 20 points, including a 3-pointer, said. “It was payback, and everyone was geared up and ready.”
“I like our team and the way we were playing. We had a tough loss last week at Ensworth, but everyone bounced back and we were ready against Hunters Lane. We are like family and we’re all doing whatever it takes to win.”
Hillsboro held Hunters Lane (8-4) to its lowest point total of the season – by a wide margin.
“We beat a really good team, which has had a lot of success over the years, and where Anthony [Sewell, the coach] does a great job with them,” coach Rodney Thweatt said. “They’re a veteran team, and I’m very pleased with the way we played, especially on defense.
“We’re 10-1, and I should be happy with that, but there’s some areas we can still be better at. We had a very disappointing loss at Ensworth, but I was glad we didn’t dwell on that and came back with a good game.”
TSU signee Jamontae Davis added 12 points and 10 boards for Hillsboro, which doesn’t move into district play until next month.
The Burros next play in the Pope John Paul II Tournament, opening Thursday in Hendersonville, and then in the Father Ryan Invitational which opens Dec. 27.
• Schumpert shines: Despite the graduation of outstanding point guard Jack Montague, who went to Yale, Brentwood High School’s boys basketball team looks as strong as ever.
The Bruins outscored Ensworth 86-74 in the Ensworth Classic last Friday. Andy Schumpert (29 points) and Cody Shelton (22) have taken up the slack this season for the 10-2 Bruins, the reigning Region 6-AAA champs.
Guard Andrew Fleming, who leads Nashville high schools in scoring at 30 points per game, again led Ensworth with 22 points.
Ensworth will also host its Hoop Festival this Friday and Saturday.
• Ramsey a Blanchard finalist: Brentwood Academy standout Jalen Ramsey has been named a finalist for the U.S. Army’s Doc Blanchard Award, which will be presented at a football dinner Jan. 4 at San Antonio.
Ramsey will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl the following day.
• Near upset: Former Maplewood boys coach Arnett Bodenhamer is already making his mark in his first year as coach of Columbia Central’s girls basketball team.
His Lions almost pulled off what would have been the upset of the season last Tuesday when they lost 60-56 to top-ranked and undefeated Riverdale, which is No. 6 in the U.S., according to the MaxPreps Excellent 25 poll. They had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds but missed a shot, then Riverdale converted two free throws to clinch the win.
Columbia lost two games last season to Riverdale by 60 points each and over the last six meetings its average margin of defeat was 58 points.
• Wyatt honored: Derica Wyatt was honored as Franklin Road Academy’s leading career scorer at halftime of the boys basketball game with Zion Christian last Friday.
Wyatt, who has signed with Oklahoma, led FRA with 24 points in a 64-9 victory over Zion.
• Mullins named: Former Father Ryan High and current University of Tennessee volleyball star Ellen Mullins was named honorable mention All-American by the Volleyball Coaches Association recently. She is a junior.
• Stunning rally: Brentwood Academy trailed reigning Class AA state girls champion Christ Presbyterian Academy 38-28 going into the final quarter of their game last week. But the host Eagles outscored CPA 25-4 over the final eight minutes and turned an apparent loss into an unlikely 53-42 victory.
Hailey Pearson led the comeback, scoring 20 points for the Eagles, including a 3-point basket.