The Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats fell to Memphis Central in the quarterfinals of the state Class AAA girls’ basketball tournament in Murfreesboro on Wednesday, 74-63.
21 turnovers by Oak Ridge were converted into 23 points by the Lady Warriors and despite a late rally that saw an 18-point deficit get cut to eight points, the Lady ‘Cats could not complete the comeback and ended their season at 30-4. Johne Stewart of Memphis Central led all scorers with 31 points and Desiree Bates came off the bench for ORHS to score 20 points. Courtney Ellison added 14 for Oak Ridge, while Mykia Dowdell notched 13 points and 10 rebounds. Memphis Central will face Dickson County in a Friday semifinal after Dickson eliminated Stewarts Creek 67-64.
The other East Tennessee team in the AAA tournament, Morristown West, ran into the buzzsaw that is unbeaten Riverdale and fell 75-46. Riverdale will face Houston—58-45 winners over Clarksville—in the other semifinal on Friday.
In Class AA action, Fulton rallied in the second half but could not overcome East Nashville, which prevailed 56-47. The Lady Falcons’ season ends with a 27-7 record. In the other AA quarterfinal played Wednesday—the first day of the tournament—Upperman knocked off Jackson South Side 52-43.
Thursday, East Tennessee’s final remaining championship contender takes the floor as Gatlinburg-Pittman takes on Westview this afternoon. No other area teams are in the AA or Class A tournaments.