Preps: Late run carries Hunters Lane girls past Hillsboro, into sectionals

Monday, February 28, 2011 at 11:25pm
Staff reports

Senior Diamond Wright scored 16 points as Hunters Lane pulled away late for a 65-52 win over Hillsboro and landed a berth in the Region 6-AAA finals Monday at Brentwood High.

Wright, a 5-foot-7 guard, scored eight first-quarter points, including two 3-pointers, as the Warriors jumped to an early 13-4 lead. Hillsboro closed to within one in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors ended the semifinal matchup on a 19-7 run.

“There was a lot of motivation for me,” Wright said. “This is the first time that I have been to sectionals. We haven’t been there since I was a freshman, and I wasn’t even on the team. I was so ready for this game.”

Deandrea Sawyers led all scorers with 18 for Hunters Lane, including two 3-pointers, and Erika Cook scored eight of her 12 points in the second half. Sawyers hit a huge 3, which gave the Warriors a 51-45 lead.

Nicole Bowers led Hillsboro with 17, while foul-plagued Isabelle Harrison added 16. Harrison picked up her third foul with 7:01, left in the second quarter and sat much of the game.

• Rice Cooking: Hunters Lane meets Ravenwood in Wednesday’s final after Jayne Rice hit a last-second put-back layup to give the Raptors a 39-37 win over Cane Ridge.

Senior Tasia Blue hit a 3-pointer at the head of the circle with 23 seconds left, which pulled Cane Ridge into a 37-37 tie.

With time running down, Ravenwood’s Logan Hodskins put up a shot that was blocked, then put up another that was well short. But Rice found herself all alone under the basket and calmly sank the game-winner at the buzzer.

Hodskins led Ravenwood with 12. Jaden Fite had 13 for Cane Ridge, which saw its Cinderella run in the tournaments come to an end.

• In the Region 5-AA semis at Vol State, David Lipscomb trounced Sycamore 61-41, while district regular season and tournament champ CPA had its season end with a 52-50 loss to Macon County.

David Lipscomb will meet Macon County in the final.

RESULTS/SCHEDULE

Region 6-AAA
(at Brentwood High)
Monday’s girls results
Semifinals—Hunters Lane 65, Hillsboro 52; Ravenwood 39, Cane Ridge 37.
Tuesday’s boys semifinals
6—Overton vs. Ravenwood; 7:30—Hunters Lane vs. Brentwood.
Wednesday’s game
7 p.m.—Hunters Lane vs. Ravenwood, girls final.
Thursday’s game
7 p.m.—Boys final.

Region 5-AA
(at Vol State, Gallatin)
Monday’s girls semifinal results
Semifinals—Lipscomb 61, Sycamore 41; Macon County 52, CPA 50.
Tuesday’s boys semifinals
6:00—Sycamore vs. Maplewood; 7:30—CPA vs. East Lit.
Wednesday’s game
7:00—Lipscomb vs. Macon County, girls final.
Thursday’s game
7:00—Boys final.

Region 5-A
(at Community High)
Tuesday’s game
7:30 p.m.—Nashville Christian School vs. McEwen, boys semifinals.

DII-A State tournament
(at Allen Arena)
Thursday’s games
2:00—FRA vs. Harding Academy, girls; 3:30 – FRA vs. Jackson Christian, boys; 5:15—Fayette Academy vs. Webb, girls; 6:45—ECS vs. Ezell-Harding, boys.
Saturday’s games
11 a.m.—Girls finals; 1 p.m.—Boys finals.

DII-AA State tournament
(at Allen Arena)
Friday’s games
2 p.m.—GPS vs. St. Benedict, girls; 3:30—McCallie vs. Briarcrest, boys; 5:15—Ensworth vs. Briarcrest, girls; 6:45—Ensworth vs. MBA, boys.
Saturday’s games
3 p.m. Girls finals; 5 p.m.—Boys finals.