McMinn Central Girls Win Third Straight 3-AA title from East Hamilton

Lady Hurricanes Travel To Face Livingston Academy Saturday

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - by David Jenkins

ATHENS, Tenn. – With their first-ever region championship only a win away, the East Hamilton Lady Hurricanes found the spotlight a little too dazzling Wednesday night at McMinn County High School.


The McMinn Central Chargettes, winners of the last two Region 3-AA showdowns with East Hamilton, blitzed the less-experienced team right out of the game and made sure the Lady 'Canes could never recover in a 68-46 title clincher.


That means that East Hamilton has to hit the road for Livingtston Academy Saturday night for their third straight road sub-state game. But it was by the narrowest of margins, as Livingston defeated Cannon County 32-31 in the Region 4-AA title game Wednesday night.


    Howard and the McMinn Central boys meet Thursday night for the Region 3-AA title, also at McMinn County High School. Game time is 6:30.


Wedneday night, the battle was never truly joined once Central jumped off to an 8-0 lead thanks to a frenzied few opening minutes. Kelsie Young, who had foul trouble later on, and reigning AA Miss Basketball Elizabeth Masengil scored four apiece and, more importantly, set a tempo that proved daunting to East Hamilton.


“We've not seen a really good pressing team in a long time,” said East Hamilton coach Derek Morris. “They sped us up, and we couldn't catch up to it, until it was too late."


“The moment was too big, too bright for our less experienced playerrs, as least through the first five minutes,” he added. "We didn't feel any pressure in the district because we knew those teams."


Central coaching legend Johnny Morgan said their teams' meeting before the holidays had little to do with his team's preparation and game plan. But knowing the Lady Hurricanes' pressing style was a big part of the plan.


“I learned a long time ago that teams that press don't like to be pressed,” Morgan said. “We practice against our man press every day, so I'm always surprised when teams come out trying to press us. We make sure that we can handle it.”


The Chargerettes generally go nine deep into the roster, but Morgan has made sure that all nine have started this season. So it proved to be prudent planning when several of his players found themselves in foul trouble Wednesday. Eleven girls played for the Chargerettes, and eight of them scored.


Masengil led the way, as is her custom, with 25 points that included 7 of 8 foul shots. Much of the night, she helped Elizabeth Trentham and a 1-2 punch in the low post. Trentham finished the night with 14 points.


“We'll take the 3-point shot when it's availble to us,” Morgan said, “but I'd rather see us just stick it in there. We knew they had one big girl (6-3 Juliette Harp), and we tried to make her cover two of us.”


Senior Jessica Caudle, the lone holdover from last year's region runner up, led East Hamilton with 22 points, while Harp and Lexi Zackery finished with 9. The Lady Hurricans failed to take full advantage of the Central trend towards fouling as they made 16 of 29 foul shots.



Region 3-AA Championship at McMinn County

East Hamilton 13 8 17 8 – 46

McMinn Central 24 15 19 10 – 68


EAST HAMILTON (46) – Jessica Caudle 22, Petitt, Harp 9, Stovall, Woods, K. Caudle 2, McCullum, Zackery 9, Moon 4, Wood.


McMINN CENTRAL (68) – Tillman 2, Morrow 4, S. Williams 8, Trulove, P. Williams 4, Young 9, Coleman, Elizabeth Masengil 25, Elizabeth Trentham 14, Casteel, Gray 2.


3-point goals: EH none; MC 2 (Morrow, S. Williams). Records: East Hamilton 24-10; McMinn Central 28-3.



PHOTOS: Lady Vols Douse Flames, 100-60

Covenant Tennis Teams Post Wins

The Covenant men's tennis team remained unbeaten in USA South play as the Scots dominated Maryville and took a 9-0 win on Friday afternoon at the MC Tennis Courts. Covenant (9-2, 4-0 USA South) has won eight of its last nine matches and remains perfect in conference play at 4-0 on the year.  On Friday, the Scots controlled play from the start and took additional points ... (click for more)

Volkswagen Sets Press Conference To Announce New Project; Governor Haslam To Attend

Volkswagen has called a press conference at its Chattanooga plant on Monday to announce "a new project." Governor Bill Haslam is among those set to attend. Also taking part will be Antonio Pinto, president and CEO of the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant, and Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and CEO of Volkswagen group of America. The announcement will be at 2:30 p.m. at the plant ... (click for more)

Herman Brown Charged After Striking A Pedestrian March 10

Herman Brown, Sr. 50, was indicted by the Grand Jury and arrested by the Chattanooga Police Department for striking a pedestrian on E. 11th St. on March 10.  Brown was charged with aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular assault, driving under the influence (2nd offense), driving on revoked license, financial responsibility and due care. Police said the accident happened ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Airport Needs To Upgrade Its TSA PreCheck Benefits

Dear Mr. Jacobson and Mr. Hart,  I am a lifelong Chattanoogan who enjoys traveling. Since the birth of my toddler son in April 2016, my husband and I have been frequent patrons of the Chattanooga Airport for almost all of our flights, both business and pleasure, as this saves us time and is very convenient. In fact, our 22-month-old son has flown 24 segments with us in his ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

As your dress in your best green outfit today so you can join in the Saint Patrick’s Day revelry, here’s a conversation that was overhead at an Irish pub in Killarney. Finnegan is sitting in his favorite corner, using some of the proceeds after selling his friend Michael a donkey. Suddenly Michael bolts in the door and yells, “Hey, Finnegan, that donkey you sold me went and died.' ... (click for more)