Messenger Sports Briefs for March 14

Messenger Sports Briefs for March 14

Lake County boys
learn of foe at state

The Lake County boys team will be the first squad from rural West Tennessee to tip off at the TSSAA State Basketball Championships this week in Murfreesboro.
The Falcons will do battle with Chattanooga School of Arts & Sciences on Wednesday morning at 11:45 in a Class A quarterfinal.
Middleton is also set for action in the Class A bracket. The Tigers square off with Cloudland at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon.
In double-A, Bolivar and Liberty both play with the former taking on Stone Memorial at 5:45 Wednesday evening.
The Crusaders open Thursday morning’s action at 10 against Knoxville Fulton.
The girls’ state champion teams were crowned on Saturday in Murfreesboro.
Wayne County, led by Class A Miss Basketball Carly Daniel, edged North Green in overtime via a 63-58 count.
Lake County’s T.T. Flowers was a finalist for the award won by Daniel.
In Class AA, McMinn Central proved its No. 1 ranking true with a 48-37 triumph over Macon County in the title tilt.
Memphis Central, playing with a heavy heart and mourning slain former player Tina Stewart (a Middle Tennessee State University college player as well), bested Riverdale 72-59 for the 3A crown.

Murray State men
to hit road for NIT

The Murray State men’s basketball team has been paired with Missouri State in the National Invitational Tournament
The Racers and Missouri State will tip off at 7 p.m. within the confines of JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo.
Murray State is the 6-seed in their bracket, while Missouri State is No. 3.
The winner of this opening-round contest will take on the victor of Miami (Fla.) and Florida Atlantic this weekend.
The Racers are making their sxith appearance in the NIT and have an all-time record of 2-6.
MSU’s last NIT game was in 1996.
Murray State enters the NIT Tournament with a 23-8 record. Missouri State is 25-8.

Ex-UTM AD Hollis
dies in Lousiana

MONROE, La. (AP) — Former UT Martin Athletics Director Benny Hollis has died. He was 71.
Mulhearn’s Funeral Home in Monroe, La., said Hollis died Saturday, though officials there did not know how Hollis died.
Hollis was the assistant men’s basketball coach at Louisiana-Monroe from 1971 to 1979 before being made head coach in 1980.
Hollis led the team to the 1980 Trans-America Athletic Conference title before being named director of athletics in 1982, a position he held until 1994.
After he left Monroe in 1994, Hollis served as the director of athletics at UTM before retiring and returning to Monroe.

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