Friday, March 9, 2018

Going For Gold: State Quarterfinals

MURFREESBORO, TN- The Road Stops Here. That's what a billboard said as you turn toward the Middle Tennessee State University campus. Every high school team in the state of Tennessee hope to end their season here at the Murphy Center, hopefully with a Gold State Championship trophy.

But for many that come to this hallowed place in the middle of Rutherford County, just getting here and playing in front of the state and other schools is just good enough. You have schools that have just as much in the classrooms than a lot of towns have in their city limits.

From the largest school (Mt. Juliet) in the state tournament, to the smallest (Greenfield), the Murphy Center is a great place to have a state championship tournament. It's not far from the geographical center of Tennessee. With that in mind, there's really no where else to have the tournament, right?

In the first game of the Class A Quarterfinals, #5 ranked Greenfield (32-2), from Weakley County, defeated #4 ranked and eight time state champion Pickett County (30-3) 54-50. The Lady Bobcats of Pickett County were averaging a state leading 80 points per game. The Lady Jackets were averaging in the 60's. This game was back and forth the entire way but a late surge by Greenfield sent them to the State Semi-Finals on Friday at 1:15 p.m.

Huntingdon Fillies celebrating their win over Moore County

In the second Class A game, Region 6A Champion 2nd ranked Huntingdon Fillies (27-1) took on the Lady Raiders (28-6) of Moore County. Once again, this game was back and forth with so many lead changes it was hard to number. Moore County shot 50% from behind the three point line in the first half but cooled off tremendously in the second. The Fillies of Huntingdon dominated the paint, getting 14 offensive boards and going 16 of 20 from the free throw line as the Fillies won 44-40.

Summertown celebrating their win over Dresden

The second Class A Quarterfinal game featured the Lady Eagles (31-2) of Summertown against the Lady Lions (23-10) of Dresden. This game, like the first Class A game before this, saw a see-saw battle between two top programs in the state. The Lady Eagles were able to take control in the second half and roll  to a 52-29 victory. Now Summertown takes on the Unaka Lady Rangers on Friday at 2:45 p.m. for a berth in the Class  A State Championship on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.