Glencliff High was without two starters and dressed just seven players for its opening game in the Overton Christmas tournament.
The Colts did have Brianna Morrow.
Thanks to a career high 38 points by Morrow, a Jacksonville (Ala.) State signee, Glencliff rallied for a 60-55 victory over East Lit on Tuesday afternoon. Morrow scored 10 of her team’s 11 points in the final quarter as the Colts advanced into Wednesday’s semifinals (4:30 p.m.) against Rossview.
The opening day of the tournament, Monday, was postponed by snow.
“That’s one of the best games I’ve ever seen her play,” coach Glenn Falls said. “She would have scored in the 40s, except she missed a lot of free throws. But she made some big ones in the fourth quarter, which kept us ahead.”
Glencliff finished the game with just five players after two fouled out.
“I can’t get in touch with our point guard. Her phone number is disconnected,” Falls said.
Rossview defeated Father Ryan 32-27. Ryan, which was led by Jamie Chauvin’s 10 points, jumped into a big early lead but failed to hold it.
In the lower bracket, host Overton held off Maplewood 42-34. The Bobcats will meet Lipscomb at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday after the Mustangs rolled past University School-Nashville.
• For the third straight year, the two-time defending champ Overton boys won two games on opening day of the Bobcats’ tournament. On Tuesday, the Bobcats were easy winners in both games.
Despite the early 8 a.m. tip, the Bobcats were not sleepwalking one bit, cruising to a 79-48 win over outmanned BGA. All five Bobcats starters hit double figures, led by senior Brandon McPhail’s 15, which included five 3-pointers.
Overton then added an impressive 66-48 win over Lipscomb later in the day after Lipscomb had edged Glencliff 53-50. Point guard Mookie Betts had a team-high 13 points and Frank Labasco had 10 points and 15 rebounds.
The Bobcats face Eat Lit, 6 p.m., Wednesday, in an eye-opening semifinal matchup. The Eagles (9-0) held off Spring Hill 55-51.
“[Wednesday] was the highlight of our season,” Overton coach James McKee said. “We played exceptionally well in both games. It was good to see how balanced we were in both games.”
Whites Creek stunned Creekside 65-49 in the nightcap of a busy day.
• Ryan Tournament:
Host Father Ryan held off scrappy Shelbyville 45-35 to gain a semifinal berth in the Ryan Christmas tournament. Patrick Pinkney scored 17 for the winning Irish.
In other games, Mt. Juliet halted Clarksville 53-49 in the opener, Hillsboro scored an impressive 58-47 win over Oakland and Centennial squeezed past LaVergne 60-59.
• CPA rolls:
Christ Presbyterian Academy scored a stunningly easy 72-32 win over Union City as Jalen Lindsey and Jake Allsmiller collected 17 each. The Lions play again Wednesday.
• NCS boys win, girls fall:
The Nashville Christian School boys tripped Culleoka 56-42 in the Tiger Classic, while the NCS girls lost a tough 37-35 decision to East Robertson in the Robertson County Classic.
9 a.m.—BGA vs. Glencliff, boys; 10:30 a.m. – East Lit vs. Ryan, girls; 12:00—Lipscomb vs. Spring Hill, boys; 1:30 p.m.—Maplewood vs. USN, girls; 3 p.m.—Ravenwood vs. Creekside, boys; 4:30 p.m. – Glencliff vs. Rossview, girls semis; 6 p.m.—Overton vs. East Lit, boys semis; 7:30—Overton vs. Lipscomb, girls semis; 9 p.m.—Westwood vs. Whites Creek, boys semis.
Ryan Christmas Tournament
3 p.m.—Oakland vs. Clarksville, consolation semis; 4:30—Shelbyville vs. LaVergne, consolation semis; 6:15—Hillsboro vs. Mt. Juliet, semis; 7:45 p.m. – Ryan vs. Centennial, semis.