The Tennessee state high school basketball championships will be decided this week and next at MTSU in Murfreesboro.
First up, the ladies. The AAA tournament began at 11 am this morning as last year’s runners-up Oak Ridge lost to Memphis Central by the score of 74-63. Turnovers played a key role in the game as Memphis Central forced 20 Oak Ridge turnovers and turned those in to 23 points. Johne Stewart led MC with 30 points, while Oak Ridge was led by Desiree Bates’ 20 points. Trailing by as many as 18 points in the second half, Oak Ridge went on a run midway through the fourth quarter to draw to within eight points, but were unable to complete the comeback. The Lady Wildcats’ season ended with a record of 30-4.
Other East Tennessee teams taking the floor on day one of the tournament include Morristown West—in action against unbeaten Riverdale—in the AAA quarterfinals and Fulton, which takes on East Nashville in the first round of the AA tournament.
The boys’ state tournament is not until next week, but on Tuesday teams learned their first-round match-ups. In Class AAA, Oak Ridge will open up against Brentwood next Wednesday march 15th at 3:45 pm EST, while Bearden gets the whole tournament started when they face Independence at 11 am that same day.
The AA tournament opens up for Catholic on Wednesday the 15th when they take on Macon County at 5:30 pm.
The Class A tournament gets going on Thursday the 16th with Grace Christian battling Humboldt at 2:15 pm and Harriman taking the floor against Memphis Mitchell in the final game of the first round at 7 pm on Thursday.