Preps: Hunters Lane hopeful it can spoil Overton's homecourt advantage

Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 9:12pm

Hunters Lane takes a third shot at knocking off Overton when the two square off for the District 12-AAA tournament boys championship Tuesday night.

The teams meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for the championship. Both have clinched home games for the opening round of the Region 6-AAA tournament later this week.

Overton also meets Hunters Lane for the girls championship, 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Thanks to two regular-season victories over the Warriors, host Overton clinched another regular-season district crown. Now the Bobcats (21-7) can add to their home court success in the Bobcat Den.

They did not lose a district game on their home court this season. They also went 4-0 in the Overton Christmas tournament in late December. Their only home losses were to Ravenwood and MBA.

“It’s a tough matchup for us,” said Hunters Lane coach Anthony Sewell just after his Warriors defeated McGavock 65-61 on Saturday. “It’s going to take a complete effort by everyone, and hopefully the outcome will be different this time.”

Billy Hughes scored 15 and led a balanced attack for Hunters Lane (13-12) against McGavock (17-9). It was the fourth meeting between the teams this season and Hunters Lane’s third victory.

The Raiders, who got a game-high 22 points from Aaron Simms, missed 15 free throws, 12 of them in the second half.

Overton throttled Hillwood 61-49 with another strong showing by power forward Frank Lobasco, who had 17 points and nine rebounds. Guard Mookie Betts added nine points, seven assists and six rebounds. Twelve different Overton players scored.

Overton knows it has a Region 6-AAA quarterfinal home game later this week. But Coach James McKee is a little bewildered about the fact that the site of the region semifinals and finals keeps changing.

The site appears to be finalized for Brentwood High.

“Two weeks ago, they said it was at Ravenwood, one week ago it was at Centennial, and this week, they say it’s at Brentwood,”’ McKee said. “I guess it’s Brentwood.”

12-AAA nuggets: Biggest thriller: The Glencliff girls’ 45-43 double overtime win over Antioch on Friday, which enabled Coach Glenn Falls to gain another trip to the region tournament — barely.

With two starters having fouled out, the Colts were down to just five players. Senior Brianna Morrow drove the lane and hit an eight-foot bank shot with four seconds left for the win. Earlier, she missed a layup, which would have won the game at the end of regulation.

“It was game time, and I just was not ready for the season to end,” she said.

“She essentially just went one-on-five and scored,” Falls, who secured his 452nd career win in his 25 years, said. “I’m not sure what would have happened if we had to play with four players.”

Longest shot: Hillwood’s Keonta Sterling hit a shot from just behind half court at the end of the third quarter against Overton. The 3-pointer still left his team behind 51-30.

MLK GIRLS MAKE FIRST REGION TRIP

Last week, the M.L. King girls made history when they landed the first region tournament berth in the 25-year history of the school.

Long a doormat in district play, the Royals have been dwarfed by the boys program, which won two state titles under Doc Shelton in the 1990s. Eight straight times, the MLK girls finished last in the district.

Under the guidance of fourth-year coach Lindy Brown-King, MLK finally escaped the cellar. Last week, the Royals upset Hume-Fogg in the first round of the region tourney, avenging an earlier loss, reached the semifinals and qualified for the region tournament.

In her four years, MLK has won three, six, 10, and 11 (and possibly more), respectively.

“All the credit goes to the players,” she said. “I have great kids who are willing to work and listen, do what it takes. It’s my fourth year and the seniors and I have grown up in the program together.”

The Royals (11-13) are led by senior guard Jalyn Burr (daughter of former Maplewood star Tim Burr) and Sydney Simms.

M.L. King gave regular season champ Christ Presbyterian Academy a stiff battle before it fell 44-33 in Friday’s semifinal round at CPA. Burr scored a game-high 16.

10-AA nuggets: There cannot be a tougher group of teams in any Nashville boys district than those atop District 10-AA — regular season champ CPA, Maplewood, East Lit and Whites Creek, while a very good David Lipscomb team did not even advance to the region round.

Maplewood survives: Kenny Robertson helped bail out Maplewood in 55-49 semifinal victory over scrappy East Lit, which got to within one in the fourth quarter.

“We played scared and we did some really dumb things at times,” East Lit coach Jim Fey said.

Piling up points: Cheau Hendrix became the sixth player in East Lit history to break the 1,000-point barrier when he scored 12 in the Eagles’ quarterfinal victory over MLK on Thursday, his 18th birthday. He added 13 more against Maplewood and raised his total to 1,025.

Boys championship: Maplewood (21-3) will play CPA (27-4) for the boys’ championship Tuesday after the Lions withstood a severe challenge from Whites Creek and won 64-60. Whites Creek, which knocked out David Lipscomb in the quarterfinals, has one of the best guard tandems in Nashville in point guard Denzel Clark and shooting guard Cameron Prather.

Long-range record chase: With one 3-pointer in the victory over Whites Creek, CPA freshman Jake Allsmiller raised his total to a Nashville-best 90 for the season. Allsmiller is closing in on the school record of 102 set by Hunter Miller in 2009.

Double-Double: Post player Lillie Grace Ellenburg had a double-double (22 points, 11 rebounds) as David Lipscomb (23-4) rolled into a rematch with CPA Tuesday for the girls’ championship with a convincing 57-41 win over Whites Creek.

“We definitely needed a game like that from her to combat Whites Creek’s athleticism and quickness,” Lipscomb coach Ernie Smith, who won his 800th career game earlier in the week, said.

Bradshaw's big play: After a mad scramble for the ball, in which about eight players had a hand on it, CPA’s Craig Bradshaw broke loose for a slam dunk, wowing the crowd at the Lions’ packed gym.

STATE WRESTLING


Father Ryan’s Chris Agnew (152 pounds) and T.J. Holmes (189) won their respective weight classes at the TSSAA Division II meet Saturday at the Williamson County Ag Center in Franklin.

Agnew beat Baylor’s Matthew Cate 7-3, and Holmes edged MBA’s Ian Sharbel 4-2 in the finals. Brentwood Academy sophomore Amos Mason won at 215.

Hunters Lane’s Josue Brown won the only Nashville championship in Division I. Brown out-pointed Cookeville’s John Birdwell 7-3 at 140 pounds to collect just the second wrestling title in school history.

DISTRICT TOURNAMENTS

District 11-AAA
At Centennial High
Monday’s games

6 p.m.—Ravenwood vs. Franklin, girls consolation; 7:30—Hillsboro vs. Centennial, boys consolation.
Tuesday’s games
6 p.m.—Brentwood vs. Hillsboro, girls championship; 7:30—Brentwood vs. Ravenwood, boys championship.

District 12-AAA
At Overton High
Monday’s games

6 p.m.—Glencliff vs. Cane Ridge, girls consolation; 7:30—Hillwood vs. McGavock, boys consolation.
Tuesday’s games
6 p.m.—Hunters Lane vs. Overton, girls championship; 7:30—Overton vs. Hunters Lane, boys championship.

District 9-AA
At Volunteer State

Monday, 6 p.m.—Goodpasture-Sycamore, girls consolation.

District 10-AA
At Christ Presbyterian Academy

Monday’s games
6 p.m.—Whites Creek vs. ML King, girls consolation; 7:30—East Lit vs. Whites Creek, boys consolation.
Tuesday’s games
6 p.m.—Lipscomb vs. CPA, girls championship; 7:30—Maplewood vs. CPA, boys championship.

DII-AA Sectionals
Friday’s games (girls)

7 p.m.—Baylor at Ensworth; Harpeth Hall at Briarcrest; Pope JPII at GPS; Brentwood Academy at St. Benedict.
Saturday’s games (boys)
7 p.m.—MUS at McCallie; MBA at Briarcrest; Baylor at  Ensworth; Father Ryan at Christian Brothers.

DII-A Sectionals

FRA girls will be host Friday, FRA boys will be host Saturday.