Falcons to land at state tourney

Falcons to land at state tourney
There’s still plenty of high school basketball left to be played at Lake County.
The Falcon boys joined their female counterparts in earning a state tournament berth with a 69-57 victory over visiting Westwood of Memphis Monday night in sectional play.
Ricky Boyd scored 22 points and Rafael Tyler added 19 as LC (21-11) rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to beat the Longhorns, who made the state finals last season after edging Union City in the sectionals.
A blind draw this weekend will determine state tournament pairings for the Falcons and the remainder of the Division I field.
The top-ranked Lake County girls (32-3) — winners of 19 straight — will open the Class 1A State Tournament Wednesday morning at 10 with a first round game against North Greene.
Lake Co. 69, Westwood 57
The Falcons (21-11) — under the guidance of Tennessee’s only female coach (Dawn Barger) for a boys’ team — outscored Westwood 42-23 in the second half to surge to their first state tournament berth in more than a decade.
LC had rallied to take a two-point lead heading into the final period and then outscored the Longhorns 24-14 in the fourth quarter to win going away.
Devon Jones joined teammates Boyd and Tyler in double figures, scoring 10 points.
Middleton 65, H’boldt 62
Middleton (28-1), whose only loss of the season was a double-overtime defeat at the hands of Lake County, kept H’boldt from making a sixth journey to Murfreesboro in the last seven seasons.
The Tigers clinched their program’s ninth state tourney bid by making 7-of-8 free throws in the last 65 seconds after Humboldt had closed to within a point.
Javonte Woody poured in a game-high 26 points while Derrick Hudson had a monster game with 21 points and 20 rebounds.
While Middleton’s free throw shooting prowess was tell, Humboldt’s inability to connect from the charity stripe was equally telling as the Vikings hit just 3-of-13 and didn’t make a foul shot until halfway through the fourth quarter.
Quan Campbell led H’boldt (28-5) with 24 points, while Antonio Brooks added 15 points (on five 3-pointers) and C.C. Moody 10.
Middleton will be looking for its fourth state title, having won it all in Class 1A in 1980, ’92 and 2005.
Bolivar 68, BTW 50
The reigning Class 2A state champion Tigers, who have won three titles in all in their program’s history, earned the right to defend last year’s championship by winning on the road in Memphis.
Bolivar (21-11) got 25 points from Andre McKinnie and outscored BTW 37-25 in the second half to break open a tight game.
The Tigers will be making their seventh trip to the state in the last eight years.
Bolivar won back-to-back 2A crowns in 2004-05.

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