Hunters Lane added a district tournament championship to the unbeaten district regular season crown it had already claimed.
Behind tournament MVP Billy Hughes, the Warriors, ranked No. 6 in the state Class AAA poll, wore down host Antioch 56-43 in the title game of the District 12-AAA tournament Tuesday night
They now head into the region tournament with a 26-2 record and full head of steam.
Hughes popped in 11 points, including a couple of shake-and-bake moves in the third quarter, and dished out five assists as Hunters Lane bolted out of a 23-23 halftime tie and won going away.
"Our defense in the second half was what won it for us,'' Hughes, a 5-foot-10 point guard said. "We made a conscious effort toward defense, and that was the difference.
“I just hope I provide that spark and add some senior leadership to our team. We've been working hard since last summer.”
Antioch (15-15) jumped to a 14-10 lead early behind guard Derek Durham, who scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the first half. But Hunters Lane, which finished 12-0 in the district, opened the third quarter with a 10-1 run and held the Bears at bay the rest of the game.
"Their second half defense was too much for us,'' veteran Antioch coach Jim Nollner said. "They beat us three times, so there's not that much you can say. Their defense and the fact we couldn't throw it in ocean proved too much for us.''
Senior Stephen Daniel scored 15 points and Darius Kinnard added 13 for the balanced Hunters Lane attack. Darius Majors chipped in nine for Antioch.
Among the Hunters Lane highlights, Isaac Harris had a slam, which also earned him a technical foul when he hung on the rim. Then he barely missed a 60-foot shot which bounced off the rim at the first-half buzzer.
Hunters Lane meets Independence and Antioch takes on Brentwood High in their opening round games in the Region 6-AAA tournament. Ravenwood meets Cane Ridge and Hillsboro battles McGavock in the other quarterfinal boys games.
The region tournament opens at Hillwood High Monday.
• Hunters Lane girls lose: Overton held off Hunters Lane 37-32 to win the 12-AAA girls championship in the opener Tuesday.
Tresha Parker scored 10 and Jay Bond added seven for the Bobcats. Rontavia Hayes scored 15 points to lead Hunters Lane.
Overton's Rashida Ademosu was named tournament MVP.
In the region tournament, Overton meets Independence and Hunters Lane faces Brentwood. Antioch takes on Franklin, and Cane Ridge meets Hillsboro.
• CPA doubles up: Craig Bradshaw made two free throws with 16 seconds left, and top-ranked Christ Presbyterian Academy withstood a final barrage by East Literature to escape with a70-68 win in the boys District 10-AA championship game at Stratford High.
Jalen Lindsey poured in 27 points to lead the Lions, and Bradshaw added 19 for the Lions (30-2). East Lit missed a 3-pointer with four seconds left and left a put-back shot short at the final buzzer.
CPA held off scrappy David Lipscomb 52-47 to win the girls title.
(at Franklin High)
Girls: Brentwood 44, Independence 22
Boys: Brentwood 45, Independence 37
Girls: Hillsboro 54, Franklin 47
Boys: Ravenwood 50, Hillsboro 44
(at Antioch High)
Girls: Antioch 54, Cane Ridge 40
Boys: McGavock 50, Cane Ridge 46
Girls: Overton 37, Hunters Lane 32
Boys: Hunters Lane 56, Antioch 43
(at Vol State, Gallatin)
Girls: Sycamore 66, Goodpasture 57
Boys: Westmoreland 52, Sycamore 49
Girls: Macon County 47,Westmoreland 25
Boys: Macon County 83, Greenbrier 49,
(at Stratford High)
Girls: M.L. King 49, Hume-Fogg 30
Boys: Maplewood 63, Lipscomb 57
Girls: Christ Presbyterian Academy 52, Lipscomb 47
Boys: Christ Presbyterian Academy 70, East Lit 68