There’s nothing like winning a district championship on the final night to send your team into the tournaments on a high note.
McGavock ended the recent District 12-AAA dominance of Hunters Lane by edging the Warriors 58-54 on Friday and earned the regular-season title. As a result, the Raiders claimed top seed for the district tournament, which opens this week at Cane Ridge High. McGavock finished 10-2 in district play. Hunters Lane was 9-3.
As top two seeds, McGavock and Hunters Lane have byes into the semifinals and don’t play until Saturday at Cane Ridge.
“It’s a game of runs, and in this game, we were fortunate that we had the last one and that we made some free throws down the stretch,” coach Marlin Simms said.
The win was McGavock’s second close call over the Warriors. The first was a 63-60 road victory on Jan. 11.
“I’m very proud of our five seniors, particularly James Ladd who made two big free throws at the end,” Sims said. “It came down to free throws and we made just enough of them to hang on.”
On senior night, 5-foot-8 McGavock sophomore Chris Claybrooks led all scorers with 23 points, 14 in the first half. The Raiders led by as many as seven early in the final quarter and held on after Hunters Lane got within one, 54-53, with a minute left.
“That was my best game of the season,” Claybrooks said. “We worked hard for our points, and our defense played well. I think our defense was the key. We worked hard on finishing, and I hope this gives us some momentum going into the tournaments.”
A couple of interested observers from the only McGavock team to win a state championship in 1976 were on hand. Joe Allen, who coached the Raiders then, and Charles Davis, the state tourney MVP who went on to Vanderbilt and the NBA, took in the action.
A win at Franklin Saturday was McGavock’s 20th overall.
• Flipped out: Despite spending most of the season in first place, the Hillsboro girls lost two coin flips in the District 11-AAA coaches meeting Saturday morning at Hillsboro.
The Burros fell all the way to third in the seeding tournament.
Hillsboro, Brentwood and Independence for first in the regular season at 8-2. Hillsboro lost the first coin flip. Independence and Brentwood got the 1-2 seeds on the next one.
As a result, Hillsboro hosts Ravenwood in an elimination game Tuesday.
Not any luckier, the Hillsboro boys also lost a coin flip and fell to fourth behind Ravenwood.
The Burros will host Franklin Wednesday, also in an elimination game. District champion Brentwood and Independence got the top two seeds and byes to the semifinals Friday at Hillsboro.
Andy Schumpert (Brentwood) and Paige Parker (Brentwood) were named district MVPs by the coaches.
On Saturday – senior night at the school – Hillsboro teams won. The girls held off Harpeth Hall, which missed a last-gasp 3-pointer, 53-50. The boys toppled Montgomery Bell Academy 59-50.
Between games, Hillsboro honored Tommy Frensley, Walt Fisher, Jr., Alvin Fite, Ann Hutcheson Price and Ron Aydelott as part of its Hall of Fame class.
• District double: Franklin Road Academy won both girls and boys Division II District 2 basketball titles.
Both teams beat University School of Nashville in Saturday’s finals at FRA. Derica Wyatt scored 22 and the girls won 45-34. The boys, led by Kessler Bell’s 21 points, won 68-45.
All four teams advance to the region round Friday and Saturday, also at FRA.
• Region wrestling: Hillwood senior Jahmare Anthony won the 170-pound championship at the Region 6-AAA wrestling tournament, which wound up Saturday at Ravenwood High.
Anthony, Overton’s Salih Musa (106), Glencliff’s Garang Madut (113) and Overton’s Chris Ocon (126) all won individual titles from Metro Nashville.
Host Ravenwood won the team competition with 240 points, with Franklin second (192½).
The state individuals tournament is Friday and Saturday at Franklin Expo Ag Center.
• State swimming: Harpeth Hall (girls) and Montgomery Bell Academy (boys) both finished second behind Chattanooga Baylor in the Tennessee Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (TISCA) state meet Saturday in Knoxville.
Harpeth Hall’s Elizabeth Stinson won the 500 freestyle event. She also was part of the Bears’ 400 freestyle 200 freestyle relays, which finished first and second, respectively.
Tate Ramsden, Andrew Dobbs and younger brother Chatham Dobbs, who won the 100 backstroke, led MBA’s swimmers.
• A grand pair: Maplewood seniors Kenny Robertson and Jason Stone were honored last week after each player scored his 1,000th point in recent games. Coach Ty Wilson recognized the pair at halftime of Senior Night last Tuesday.
Both competed on the school’s football team, which reached the state football finals in 2011, and the basketball team, which reached AA tournament semifinals in 2010.
The have played sports with each other since the fifth grade.
Robertson, Stone and injured point guard Jarrod Stafford were key players on the Maplewood ninth grade city championship team three years ago.
The Panthers host M.L. King Tuesday in their first-round game in the 10-AA tournament.
• On the dotted line: Maplewood had four players sign last week to play college football.
Cornerback Cortez Adams, one of Nashville’s interception leaders last fall, linebacker Ronald Wilbert, who was the team’s leading tackler, and 6-foot-5 wide out Ladarius Malone, the leading receiver, all signed with Highland (Kan.) Community College.
Offensive/defensive tackle Nick Franklin signed with Ft. Scott (Kan.) where he will join former Maplewood teammate back Stanley Hagan.
• Back to work: The new Stewarts Creek High in Rutherford County named former Goodpasture coach David Martin as its first head coach, a move the City Paper reported last week was likely.
Martin’s teams won three state championships while he was at Goodpasture. The 61-year-old had a 212-97 record in his 24 seasons, the last 21 with the Cougars.
Stewarts Creek will compete in the tough District 7-AAA.
6 p.m.:Ravenwood at Hillsboro, girls
7 p.m.:Centennial at Ravenwood, boys
7 p.m.:Centennial at Franklin, girls
7 p.m.:Franklin at Hillsboro, boys
(at Hillsboro High)
Girls: 4 p.m.:Hillsboro/Ravenwood winner vs. Brentwood High; 7 p.m.:Franklin/Centennial winner vs. Independence; Boys: 5 :30 p.m.:Centennial-Ravenwood winner vs. Independence; 8 :30 p.m.:Hillsboro/Franklin winner vs. Brentwood.
Saturday: Consolation games: 4, 5:30; Finals games, 7, 8:30.
(at Cane Ridge High)
6 p.m.:Glencliff vs. Hillwood, girls; 7 :30 p.m.:Glencliff vs. Hillwood, boys.
Girls: 4 p.m.:Cane Ridge vs. McGavock; 7 p.m.:Glencliff/Hillwood winner vs. Overton; Boys: 5 :30 p.m.:Antioch vs. Overton; 8 :30 p.m.:Glencliff/Hillwood winner vs. Cane Ridge.
Girls: 2 p.m.:Cane Ridge-McGavock winner vs. Antioch; 5 p.m.:Glencliff/Hillwood/Overton winner vs. Hunters Lane.
Boys: 3 :30 p.m.:Antioch-Overton winner vs. McGavock; 6 :30 p.m.:Glencliff/Hillwood/Overton winner vs. Hunters Lane.
6:30 p.m.: Maplewood at Christ Presbyterian Academy; East Nashville at Whites Creek; Hume-Fogg at Lipscomb Academy; Pearl-Cohn at M.L. King.
6:30 p.m.: Whites Creek at Christ Presbyterian Academy; Lipscomb Academy at East Nashville; M.L. King at Maplewood; Stratford at Pearl-Cohn.
Winners advance to semifinals Friday at Pearl-Cohn High.
7 p.m.: Merrol Hyde at Nashville Christian School
7 p.m.: Clarksville Academy at Nashville Christian School