Franklin Road Academy’s girls sail into their FRA Christmas tournament with a lot of holiday momentum.
The Panthers (11-2) swept through all three games this week and won the Augusta Christmas Bash in Aiken, S.C. Guard Derica Wyatt scored 75 points, an average of 25 per game, and was named Most Valuable Player.
The FRA Christmas Tournament has a 12-team field with schools from Nashville and the Midstate. The hosts open against Nashville Christian School at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Finals are Friday.
“It’s a good field,” coach Chris Hart said. “We’ll have some of the top local teams from around Nashville and some from out of the area.
“We started out by inviting eight teams, and because of the interest, we’ve grown the field to 12. We have some of the smaller and some of the bigger schools, a good mix of top teams and styles.”
Both of FRA’s losses have come to teams competing in the tournament – Ensworth and David Lipscomb. Some of the other top entries include Christ Presbyterian Academy, Brentwood Academy and Franklin.
Three of the winners (and losers) of opening day games will play a second game that day.
Until then, FRA will enjoy Christmas a bit more after their success earlier this week.
“The [Augusta Christmas Bash] had some outstanding teams from South Carolina, Florida and Georgia. We were invited mainly because of our success [in winning the DII-A state tournament) last season,” Hart said.
FRA beat Spruce Creek, Fla. 71-35 as Wyatt scored a season high 29, Heathwood Hall 47-35 in the semifinals, then Augusta Christian 62-37 in the final Wednesday night. In that game, Wyatt hit six 3-pointers and scored 28 points.
“Heathwood had a 6-3 player who was on the ESPN watch list as one of the nation’s top sophomore post players,” Hart said. “It was a good tournament. We played very well.”
In addition to Wyatt, Christine Matthews also made all-tournament for the Panthers.
• CPA captures King of Bluegrass tournament: Christ Presbyterian Academy’s boys also won a tournament, capturing the prestigious King of the Bluegrass tournament in Butler, Ky.
The Lions (11-1) became the first Tennessee team in 31 years to win the event when they beat host Butler 73-60 in the finals Wednesday night.
Guard Craig Bradshaw, a Belmont commitment, scored 29 points, including seven 3-pointers. Jalen Lindsey added 22.
CPA beat Kentucky’s No. 1 ranked team, Louisville Ballard, in the semifinals. Lindsey scored 22 and 3-point specialist Jake Allsmiller added 19 in that one.
“It was a great tournament for us,’’ said Coach Drew Maddux. “We also became just he seventh out of state team to win the tourney in 31 years.”
• DII-A All-Region: Donelson Christian Academy split end Colin Johnston was named offensive player of the year and Davidson Academy’s Aubrey Dixon was named defensive player of the year in the DII-A Middle/East football team.
Johnson broke nearly all of DCA’s single season and career receiving records, while Dixon was the mainstay in a stout Davidson defensive unit.
Other Nashville-area players selected included:
DCA: Kyle Kennedy, Daniel Mathis, Rob Morvant, Andrew Williams, Austin Williams.
FRA: Joe Irby, Scott Looney, Dalton Ponchilla.
Davidson: Steven Davis, Zillon Porter, Steve Wilson.
Ezell-Harding: Rod Glatt, Blake Smotherman.
• MBA moves to 10th: Montgomery Bell Academy has moved up to 10th in this week’s high school coaches wrestling poll,
Father Ryan remained in fourth place behind Christian Brothers High, Soddy Daisy and Cleveland.
Area basketball tournament schedules:
Overton Christmas Tournament
10 a.m.—Hillsboro-Maplewood, girls; 11:30 a.m.—Raleigh-Egypt-Glencliff, boys; 1 p.m.—Hume-Fogg-Ryan, girls; 2:30—Springfield-USN, boys; 4 —Harpeth-USN, girls; 5:30—Harpeth-Overton, boys; 7:00—Overton-Whites Creek, girls; 8:30—BGA-Whites Creek, boys.
10 a.m.—Loser gm 1-Loser gm 3, girls; 11:30 a.m.—Loser gm 6 vs. Loser gm 8, boys; 1 p.m.—Loser gm 5 vs. Loser gm 7, girls; 2:30 p.m.—Loser gm 2 vs. Loser gm 4, boys; 4 p.m.—Winner gm 1 vs. Winner gm 3, girls semis; 5:30—Winner gm 6 vs. Winner gm 8, boys semis; 7:00 —Winner gm 5 vs. Winner gm 7, girls semis; 8:30—Winner gm 2 vs. Winner gm 4, boys semis.
10 a.m.—Girls 7th place; 11:30 a.m.—Boys 7th place; 1 p.m.—Girls 5th place; 2:30—Boys 5th place; 4:00—Girls 3rd place; 5:30—Boys 3rd place; 7:00—Girls Finals; 8:30—Boys Finals.
Father Ryan Christmas Tournament (boys)
3 p.m.—Shelbyville-Clarksville; 4:30 – LaVergne-Centennial; 6:15—Mt. Juliet-Oakland; 7:45 – Ryan-Hillsboro.
3 p.m.—Loser gm 1 vs. Loser gm 2; 4:30—Loser gm 3 vs. Loser gm 4; 6:15—Winner gm 1 vs. Winner gm 2, semis; 7:45—Winner gm 3 vs. Winner gm 4, semis.
3 p.m.—7th place; 4:30—5th place; 6:15—3rd place; 7:45 – Championship game.
BGA Christmas Invitational (girls)
2 p.m.—Clarksville Academy-Lighthouse Christian; 3:30—Mem. Hutchison-BGA.
10 a.m.—Mem. Hutchison-Clarksville Academy; 11:30—BGA-Lighthouse Christian; 6 p.m.—Lighthouse Christian-Mem.Hutchison; 7:30—Clarksville Academy-BGA.
1:00- 3rd place; 2:30 – Championship game.
Franklin Road Academy Christmas tournament
4:00—Harding Academy-Hillwood; 5:30—North Murray, Ky.-Sycamore; 7:00—FRA—Brentwood Academy.
2:30—Losers bracket game; 4:00—Brentwood Academy vs. Winner gm 2; 7:00—FRA vs. winner gm 1.
4:00—5th place game; 5:30—3rd place game; 7:00—Championship game.
10 a.m. – FRA vs. NCS, main gym; Franklin vs. CPA, MS school gym; 11:30 a.m. – Rossview vs. Sycamore, MS gym.
4:00—Brentwood Academy vs. Winner gm 2; 5:30—Ensworth vs. Winner gm 3; 5:30—Gallatin vs. winner gm 1; 7:00—Harding Academy vs. Lipscomb.
1:00 p.m. – Consolation games; 2:30, 7 p.m. – Losers bracket semifinals.
2:00—Consolation game; 3:30—7th place, 5th place games; 5 p.m. – 3rd place game;