Ezell-Harding carries Class A title hopes

Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 1:00am

March Madness, high school style, hits Murfreesboro again this week following the just-concluded girls' state tournament. This morning at 10:00 a.m., the TSSAA boys state basketball championships get underway at MTSU's Murphy Center.

The first four games scheduled today are all Class A quarterfinal games. The best may be saved for last, however, as arguably the best two Class A teams in the state will collide when Nashville's Ezell-Harding Academy (31-1) takes on Pickett County (29-1) at 3:15 p.m. today.

The game features two offensively explosive teams with only two losses between them. Coaches and media consider both squads among the top five Class A teams in the state and the teams have been ranked as such all season.

In all of their games including post season play, Pickett County is averaging 86 points a game. During their championship run through the District 7-A and Region 4-A tournaments, they won every tilt by at least 22 points.

Ezell-Harding hopes to continue on its own successful winning roll after capturing the District 9-A and Region 5-A titles. Second year coach Chris Burnett's squad has no seniors and he has already improved on his debut 21-11 finish last season.

The Eagles feature a strong running team with a talented fearsome-foursome of athletic guards, 6-foot-1 Erik Davis and 6-foot-3 Antoine Owens, along with forwards 6-foot-4 A.J. Blackburn and 6-foot-8 Julian Terrell. Collectively, the four all stars average over 55 points per game for the season.

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