Photos by Dalton Barrett
The Blackman girls flexed their muscle early and left no doubt why they're ranked number one nationally and in the state. A 16-nothing run to start the game helped the Lady Blaze bury Cumberland County 72-39. Blackman hit their first seven shots from the field and tenacious defense gave them a 25-9 lead by the end of the first quarter. They led by 28 at the half and never looked back. Miss Basketball finalist Crystal Dangerfield led the Lady Blaze with 20 points. Alex Johnson followed with 14 and K.K. Williams had 13. Blackman advances to the TSSAA Blue Cross Basketball Championships, with their first game Wednesday. A blind draw takes place Sunday to determine the time and opponent.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
BLACKMAN 25 17 26 5
CUMBERLAND CO. 9 5 11 14
Blackman: Crystal Dangerfield 20, Alex Johnson 14, K.K. Williams 13, Angel Allen 5, MeMe Jackson 5, Jazz Bond 11, Mia Greatrex 2
The Oakland girls lost a heartbreaker at Bradley Central, falling in Cleveland to the Bearettes 37-36. Late in the game, Bradley's Brooke Copeland sank two free throws to cut Oakland's lead to one, 36-35. After missed Oakland free throw, the Bearette's Rebecca Reuter enough time to give them a one-point lead with four seconds left. The Lady Patriots had one last chance to win the game with senior Emily Eubank...
Rafferty Cleary with the call on WGNS. Oakland was four-of-16 from the free throw line for the game. Eubank led Oakland with 13 points, Shelby Gibson 9, Ansley Eubank had 6. The Lady Patriot's season ends in the state's final 16 with a 26-and-7 record.