Notre Dame's Tyler Byrd was on fire in the second half for the Irish including two three pointers, a monstrous dunk and hit all four of his fourth quarter free throws to hold off Sequatchie County 60-53 in one of two play-in games of the District 7-AA tournament on Friday.
Notre Dame took a 12 point lead after a Byrd three but Sequatchie would cut the lead to 55-53 with a minute left in the game. Byrd hit two of his four fourth quarter free throws with 18 seconds left to give Notre Dame a 57-53 lead.
Byrd finished with 29 points, 18 in the second half.
Notre Dame will advance to play at Bledsoe County on Saturday at 7 p.m. Both teams will advance to the region tournament next week.
In a game at CCS, the Chargers led 8-5 at the half after not scoring in the first quarter. CCS would pull away in the second half earning a spot in Saturday's semifinal game at Signal Mountain.
Josh Fikkert had 15 points including 11 of 12 from the free throw line. He was eight for eight from the line in the 4th quarter.
CCS 0 8 14 18 - 40
Grundy 5 0 5 13 - 23
CCS (40) Fikkert 15, Jones 8, Rhodes 8, Dirkse 3, Aldridge 2, Matthews 2, Card 2
Grundy (23) T. Hampton 19, D. Hampton 2, Goins 2
ND 9 15 13 23 - 60
SC 12 7 16 18 - 53
ND (60) Byrd 29, Green 18, Davis 5, Wheeler 3, Green 3
SC (53)Herman 17, Dempsey 16, Grant 9, McGowan 5, Turner 5, Cordell 1
Tyler grant at three three pointers in the fourth quarter. Riley Dempsey had 16 but was shutout in the fourth quarter. BRadley Herman had 17 including three three pointers.
Tyler Byrd had two threes and was 4-4 from free throw line in 4th quarter 18 points in second half.