|Opening day winners include No. 1s |
|Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2012 7:00 pm |
|By MIKE HUTCHENS |
Messenger Sports Edtior
MURFREESBORO — No. 1 in both Class 2A and triple-A were among the six opening-day winners in the TSSAA Girls State Basketball Tournament Wednesday.
Top-ranked Livingston Academy (2A) opened the event with a 45-31 victory over Loudon, while nationally-rated and defending 3A titleist Riverdale beat Mt. Juliet 65-54 in the afternoon session.
Christ Presbyterian Academy, Stone Memorial and Obion Central were all also Day 1 winners in double-A, while Memphis Overton joined Riverdale in the Class 3A semis.
Today’s action will include a pair of Class AAA games to open play, with four 1A games to follow, including Lake County vs. Summertown at 1 p.m. and Union City against Wartburg at 4 o’clock.
Semifinal play is scheduled in all three Division I classifications on Friday, with the championship games on tap Saturday at 2 p.m. (2A), 4 p.m. (3A) and 6 (1A) p.m., respectively.
The following is a recap of Wedneday’s play.
LA 45, Loudon 31
Livingston Academy (33-3) won despite turning the ball over a whopping 27 times as Loudon made just 8-of-40 field goal attempts (20 percent) and scored just 10 first-half points.
Heather Cravens had 10 points in a balanced scoring effort for the Lady Wildcats, who held a commanding rebounding edge over Loudon (28-5), 34-19.
The Lady Redskins — unranked in the final Associated Press poll — did get a game-high 15 points from Chelsey Moore.
CPA 69, Manassas 52
Christ Presbyterian Academy made its first state tournament appearance a memorable one with a blowout of the Memphians.
The Lady Lions, unranked at the end of the regular season despite a 34-3 record now, shot a blistering 61 percent in the first half, while Manassas (31-4) made just six field goals in the first half and shot but 30 percent from the floor for the entire contest.
Four CPA players scored in double figures, led by Meredith Roman with 17 points.
SM 35, Waverly 28
In easily the most unsightly matchup of Day 1, SM scored more points in the fourth quarter (18) than it did in the first three periods combined (17).
No player for either team scored in double-digits individually, and the two clubs combined to shoot 5-of-25 in the first half that ended with an 8-8 tally.
Stone Memorial will come into Friday’s semifinal game against Obion Central with a 23-12 mark.
R’dale 65, Mt. Juliet 54
The Lady Warriors, ranked ninth nationally, didn’t put away the MJ until late.
Georgia-bound Shacobia Barbee had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Tyisha Petty added 21 as Riverdale (32-3) broke a deadlock early in the fourth quarter and then iced the game with free throws down stretch.
Overton 52, M’town East 49
Overton improved to 30-2, holding off hot-shooting ME to advance to play Riverdale.
The Lady Wolverines got 13 points from Jasmine Stafford and 10 more from Cortrice Golden in a balanced attack that saw three more players get within a deuce of double digits.
The Hurricanes (29-6) shot 65 percent in the second half, but still came up short. Published in The Messenger 3.8.12