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Hoops: Region semis underway; OR girls survive, advance

The girls’ high school basketball season is now deep into the Region tournaments and last night, semifinal elimination games were played across the state.

Locally, in Region 2AAA at Oak Ridge, the homestanding Lady Wildcats narrowly avoided an upset at the hands of William Blount and survived with a 48-47 victory. Mykia Dowdell tied the game at 47-47 after the Oak Ridge defense forced the first of two turnovers in the final minute and Jada Guinn hit one of her two free throws following the second of those turnovers. The Lady Govs had a chance as time wound down but could not get off a potentially game-winning shot. Oak Ridge advanced to face Hardin Valley, 56-42 winners over Maryville, Wednesday night at 7:00 at Oak Ridge for the Region championship and a home game in this weekend’s sub-state round.

At the Region 2AA tournament at Austin-East, Gatlinburg-Pittman held off Carter’s upset bid 52-48 while Fulton eliminated Kingston 55-47. #7 G-P and #9 Fulton will vie for the region title Wednesday at 7 pm.

The Region 2A semifinals at Harriman saw Meigs County eliminate Grace Christian 62-59 and Oneida handle Wartburg 55-41. Oneida and Meigs County play Wednesday at 7 pm for the region crown.

The boys’ Region semifinals will be played tonight (Tuesday February 28th). These games, too, are elimination contests.

The Region 2AAA semifinals at Oak Ridge begin tonight at 6:00 with Powell taking on Bearden, followed by the #2-ranked Oak Ridge Wildcats battling Maryville.

At Austin-East, the Region 2AA semis tip off at 6:00 with Fulton facing CAK, followed by Alcoa taking on top-ranked Catholic.

The Region 2A semifinals will be played at Harriman, with Grace Christian squaring off against Wartburg at 6, with the homestanding Blue Devils tangling with Meigs County in the nightcap.

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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