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OR girls win 1st Region crown since 2010

Wednesday, the Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats—with a roster dominated by freshmen and sophomores—upset Bearden at Bearden to claim their first Region 2AAA championship since 2010. Paced by freshman Jada Guinn’s 17 points and seven rebounds, the now 27-4 Lady ‘Cats beat Bearden—which had spent much of the regular season ranked in the state’s top 10—49-35. Oak Ridge will play host to Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett Saturday night at 7 pm in the sectional—or sub-state—round of the postseason for the right to play in next week’s state tournament in Murfreesboro. Bearden will travel to Morristown West—which also spent much of the season ranked—Saturday night for a trip to state.

The Fulton girls outlasted Gatlinburg-Pittman 59-55 in overtime Wednesday in Alcoa to claim the Region 2AA title and earn a home game Saturday against Grainger for the right to play for a state championship. The Lady Highlanders will travel to Elizabethton on Saturday.

In Harriman, the homestanding Lady Blue Devils got past Midway 51-45 to win their first Region title since 2002 and earn home-court advantage for Saturday night’s sub-state showdown with North Greene. Midway will play at South Greene Saturday night.

The boys’ Region tournaments will conclude tonight.

In Region 2AAA, the Karns Beavers will try to spring the upset against Oak Ridge at Wildcat Arena at 7 pm Thursday.

In Region 2AA, Fulton and CAK will clash at Alcoa for the Region title and in Region 2A, Meigs County and Grace Christian will collide for the championship hardware.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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