District Champs East Hamilton, McMinn Central Meet Again In 3-AA

Monday, February 25, 2013 - by David Jenkins

The East Hamilton Lady Hurricanes' mastery over District 6-AA continued Monday night in the Region 3 semifinals. As a result, they are the unlikliest of teams returning to sub-state play.

 

Now, they face a team they've never beaten.

 

The Tyner Lady Rams, feeling energized and inspired after a firstr-round road win at Sequoyah, were gunning for the upset.

Instead, they became the 18th straight 6-AA opponent to lose to Coach Derek Morris' team, 54-39, in the late game at McMinn County High.

 

A nearly full house was on hand for the opener, which had a similar theme, but with McMinn Central as the top dog. The Chargerettes survived a horrid second quarter to post a 51-44 victory over Meigs County. The winners, both top seeded in their district, meet Wednesday at 6:30 for home court rights in sub-state play.

 

The Lady Rams of coach Kyone Arnwine, heartened and inspired by their big road win in the first round of the region, stood toe-to-toe with the top-seeded Lady Hurricanes for the first 12 minutes of the game. With energetic Mia Smith scoring seven first-half points, Tyner held a 16-13 lead on East Hamilton 12 minutes into the game.

 

The Lady Hurricanes averted disaster because, in the words of head coach Norris, “we put the ball in the hands of the one who brought us here,” senior Jessica Caudle. The only returning player from last year's region runnerup, Caudle had a disappointing performance against Polk County in the first round – failing to even score in the fourth quarter.

 

Not a problem Monday. Caudle scored eight of her game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter, snuffing the final push by the Lady Rams. With Tyner hanging around, trailing by only 10 with five minutes to play, the senior scored six of her team's next eight points, including four key free throws.

 

Caudle fouled out two of Tyner's most dangerous players, Del-Ray Hines and Juanita Montgomery, exactly one minute apart, and hit 4 of 6 foul shots in the period. For the game, East Hamilton kept a steady parade to the foul line, hitting 15 of 26, while Tyner managed just 9 of 12 shooting free throws.

 

And Morris thinks his team is ready for the next step.

 

“Two years ago, we were scared to death of them. That wasn't so much the case last year, and we played them earlier this year, so we have a pretty good idea what we're up against,” the coach said.

 

Rebounding stats weren't readily available, but the Lady Hurricane had a least six possessions in which they got off at least five shots. Juliette Harp (11 points) had a bushel of the rebounds, but the team's entire approach under the boards served to overwhelm Tyner's rebounding more than a few times. On the other hand, Tyner's sparkplug Mia Smith led the Lady Rams with 13 points.  

 

Masengil Pulls Chargerettes Through To Finals

 

Red-hot and seemingly unstoppable McMinn Central had one of its worse scoring droughts of the year Monday night in its semifinal contest, but arch-rival Meigs County simply failed to take advantage. In the second quarter, Central went scoreless for more than six minutes, but the Lady Tigers were only able to put four points on the board during the same time.

 

That did close the gap to 17-13 in favor of the Chargerettes, but Meigs would go scoreless the remainder of the first half – a span of over three minutes – and trailed by seven at the half. It would get no better, as Central, picking its spots, dropped a pair of 3-point daggers into the Lady Tigers' heart in the third quarter and built the lead to 17 (43-26).

 

Central's go-to girl, Elizabeth Masengil, had another memorable night with 26 points, including 10 of 13 free throws. No other Chargerette managed better than six points, but six of her teammates joined her in the scoring column.

 

Emileigh Swafford scored 16 for Meigs County before fouling out in the final moments. Brandi Kilpatrick added 12 for the Lady Tigers.

 

Region 3-AA at McMinn County

Meigs County 9 4 11 20 -- 44

McMinn Central 15 5 17 14 -- 51

 

MEIGS CO. (44) – Boggess 7, Emileigh Swafford 16, Lewis, Brandi Kilpatrick 12, Hampton 4, Davis 3, Dawson 2.

 

McMINN CENTRAL (51) – Tillman 4, Morrow 3, S.Williams 4, P.Williams, Young 4, Coleman, Elizabeth Masengill 26, Trentham 6, Gray 4.

 

3-point goals: Meigs Co. 1 (Davis); McMinn Cent. 2 (Morrow, S.Williams). Records: Meigs Co. 25-7; McMinn Central 28-3.

 

Tyner 7 13 10 9 – 39

East Hamilton 11 14 15 14 – 54

 

TYNER (39) – McElvain, Parks 7, Mia Smith 13, Montgomery 7, Turner 6, Hines 6, West.

 

EAST HAMILTON (54) – Jessica Caudle 17, Juliette Harp 11, Woods 1, K. Caudle 4, Zackery 8, Moon 6, Wood 6.

 

3-point goals: Tyner 1 (Parks); East Hamilton none. Records: Tyner 10-16; East Hamilton 21-8.


Sale Creek Stays Alive In Class A With Two Wins; Central Loses, 2-0

MURFREESBORO – Sale Creek won twice in Class A softball on Thursday while Central suffered its first loss in the Class AA division of the state softball tournament being played at the Starplex here. Faced with overcast skies and a nagging wind on an unusually cold spring day, Sale Creek had to battle its way back through the loser’s bracket after losing 6-1 to the Forrest Lady ... (click for more)

Bucs Come Up Short In 4-1 Loss To Grace In Class A Baseball

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Boyd-Buchanan had a mission Thursday. Beat Knoxville Grace twice. The first half of the plan worked out brilliantly when the Bucs scored three runs in the eighth inning, two on Cade Evans’ clutch double, and knocked off the Rams, 6-3, in the TSSAA Spring Fling Class A state baseball tournament. However, Grace threw a wrench in the Bucs’ scheme ... (click for more)

Board Of Regents Board Meets Wednesday To Approve New Chattanooga State President

The Tennessee Board of Regents will convene a special called meeting at  9:30 a.m. CDT next Wednesday to receive recommendations for presidential vacancies at community colleges, including Chattanooga State, and the director position at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Covington/Ripley.  The finalists to replace longtime leader Jim Catanzaro are: ... (click for more)

New CARTA Service To Enterprise South Industrial Park Has "Medium" Success So Far

CARTA officials said its new bus service from downtown to the Enterprise South Industrial Park is meeting with "medium" success thus far. Lisa Maragnano, executive director, said there have been 313 riders on the routes that began at the first of the month. That includes 241 getting aboard downtown in the early morning and 72 riding from Enterprise South in the afternoon. ... (click for more)

Don't Make A Mockery Of Memorial Day

We're told Memorial Day is the day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in order that we, as Americans and others around the world, might live free, unshackled (invisible or otherwise) and without oppression. But how is that so when so many in America continue to be denied those freedoms? Others whose family and friends made the ultimate sacrifice? Their surviving families ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chincoteague Mourns ‘Dude’

In the span of a person’s life, there are some things that simply can’t be explained to be totally understood. And of all the spectacles I have ever personally witnessed, one of the best is that day in late July when they “pen the ponies” at Chincoteague Island, Va. I’m serious. Over 50,000 people watch every year as volunteer “Saltwater Cowboys” swim the wild ponies to the mainland ... (click for more)