Franklin, McGavock higlight region openers

Monday, February 26, 2001 at 1:00am

TSSAA region play for all Division I schools gets underway this afternoon, highlighted by Region 6 play at Franklin High which features the four top teams from District 11-AAA and District 12-AAA.

Tipping off today's schedule in Region 6-AAA finds the hot District 12-AAA champion Hunters Lane Lady Warriors (22-4), featuring District 12-AAA MVP Ashlie Gilland, playing against midstate scoring leader and 11-AAA MVP Tiania Burns and Pearl-Cohn (18-11) at 4 p.m.

Following that will be the Brentwood Bruins trying to overcome two district tournament losses and hoping to get back on track against 11-AAA champ Stratford (20-3) in a boys' tilt at 5:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m., the ladies heat things up again as Overton's state ranked 11-AAA champs (29-1) take on Whites Creek. The Creek hit five 3-pointers in Friday's 72-61 district consolation loss to Antioch while Overton had a tough time in Friday's 11-AAA girls' championship, before edging Brentwood 59-56.

In the Region 6 nightcap at 8:30 p.m., home team and 11-AAA champion Franklin's Rebels (23-4) will take on All-District Rashaun Bowen and his McGavock Raiders (9-15).

District 11-AAA boys MVP Cody Waddey stated to a Franklin newspaper over the weekend that he is anxious to play at the next level, after his Rebels won the District 11-AAA championship with a 61-49 victory over local rival Centennial. "This is not the final chapter for us. This is the first chapter," he said. "Stratford and Whites Creek are top-notch teams from the other district, but I want to see how we match up with them."

Tomorrow's remaining Region 6 schedule finds the 11-AAA runner-up Brentwood Lady Bruins playing Antioch at 5:30 p.m. Centennial boys, 11-AAA runners-up, take on Maplewood at 5:30 p.m. followed by a girls' game between Hillsboro and Maplewood at 7 p.m. Hillsboro dominated Maplewood 65-34, when the teams played almost three months ago on December 5.

Whites Creek will take its 24-4 record up against Spring Hill in the night's finale at 8:30 p.m. Three of Whites Creek's losses came against Stratford, including Friday's 12-AAA championship won by the Spartans 67-63. District 12-AAA MVP Jacques Curry scored 23 in the winning effort for Stratford.

In Class AA's Region 5 tournament getting underway this afternoon at Franklin's Page High, all four of Nashville's District 9-AA teams will be matched up against the top four teams from Macon, Sumner and Robertson county's District 10-AA.

District 10-AA girls' champ Greenbrier battles Martin Luther King in the opener at 4:00 p.m. In the second game at 5:30 p.m., the boy's 10-AA champ White House Blue Devils will take on Hume-Fogg.

Hume-Fogg's girls battle northern Sumner power Portland at 7 p.m. The Lady Panthers feature four returning starters and finished fourth in the 10-AA tournament. Martin Luther King boys, tournament champs of 9-AA, who incidentally beat 12-AAA champ Stratford twice this season, play Springfield's Yellow Jackets at 8:30 p.m. By comparison, Springfield lost at 12-AAA Hunters Lane 66-61, just two weeks ago.

Action resumes on Tuesday in Region 5-AA as the District battles between 9-AA and 10-AA continue. At 4:00 p.m., Macon County takes on the home-standing Page girls (18-11) and at 5:30 p.m. it's a boys' tilt featuring the home Page team (19-10) versus Portland.

At 7:00 p.m. at Page, in more Class AA action, Lipscomb's girls take on the Lady Blue Devils from White House followed by Lipscomb's boys battling Westmoreland from Sumner County in the 8:30 p.m. finale.

At Donelson Christian Academy, the Class A Region 5 tournament gets underway with a 4:00 p.m. game pitting state-ranked Ezell Harding's 9-A girls champs (24-3) against McEwen from District 10-A. At 5:30, the Ezell boys take their 9-A crown into action against Clarksville Academy.

In the 7:00 girls' game, the host DCA Lady Wildcats (17-11) take on Nashville rival Davidson Academy. The 8:30 p.m. action will pit Jo Byrns' Red Devils from Springfield against CPA (14-10) in boys' action. Senior Brandon Turner averages almost 11 rebounds and 22 points per game for Jo Byrns.

Tuesday's Class A tournament action at DCA starts with Houston County and FRA's girls at 4:00 p.m. followed by a 5:30 boys' game with Goodpasture and East Robertson. The 7:30 p.m. schedule has Goodpasture (21-9) and East Robertson's girls doing battle, followed by the 8:30 p.m. boys' contest featuring East Literature (15-10) and Davidson Academy (21-5).

The TSSAA Division I region tournaments run through Thursday in all classifications. Saturday night, March 3, the girls' region champions will host another region's runner-up in a sub-state game, with winners advancing to the state tournament in Murfreesboro. The boys' region winner's "sub-state" games will occur a week from tonight, on March 5.

Only two teams may advance from the eight-team events.

In the three-region TSSAA Division II, Father Ryan won the both the girls' and boys' middle region tournament and the top three teams from each region advance to the Division II sectionals. The opponents are already determined; however, the TSSAA will announce this afternoon the actual game dates and times for the following sub-state sectional schedule. The Division II boys' sectional games with times and dates to be announced: Memphis University School vs. Brentwood Academy (20-9); Father Ryan (22-5) vs. Harding Academy and Chattanooga Notre Dame vs. Montgomery Bell Academy (17-8).

The Division II girls' sectional matchups, with times and dates to be announced: Briarcrest vs. Battle Ground Academy; Father Ryan (18-8) vs. Evangelical Christian School and Girls Preparatory School vs. Harpeth Hall (20-6).

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