Preps: Wyatt concludes career with more awards, another championship

Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 9:40pm

In her four seasons at Franklin Road Academy, Derica Wyatt won two Division II-A state championships and three Miss Basketball awards.

Saturday she helped rally the Panthers (30-3) to a 52-47 overtime victory over Knoxville Webb and added tournament MVP to her haul, which included her second state title and third Miss Basketball.

Webb beat FRA in last year’s final. FRA beat Webb in the 2011 final.

“This is a 100 percent testament to these girls,” coach Chris Hart said. “They refused to give up, hung in there to make it close, then somehow made a big play.”

This time FRA trailed most of the way. Wyatt, who finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, forced overtime when she made two free throws with 10 seconds to play in regulation.

“It’s been awesome, just unbelievable,” Wyatt said of her high school career. “It was a different experience each season. I have had great teammates whom I love and have become so close to.”

She has signed to play college basketball for Oklahoma.

• Twice as nice: Brentwood and Antioch claimed Class AAA girls sectional victories, marking the first time since 2009 that two 6-AAA teams made the Class AAA state tournament field.

Brentwood (20-12) trailed Mount Juliet 26-19 at halftime, but rallied with a blizzard of seven 3-point shots during 25-point third quarter blitz and won going away 64-50.

Sophomore Jessi Boozer came off the bench and scored all 18 of her points in the second half, which tied her for team-high. Senior Paige Hood also scored 18.

The draw for the field was held Sunday and the Bruins earned got a quarterfinal matchup with undefeated and top-ranked Riverdale (32-0) at 10 a.m. Wednesday at MTSU.

Brentwood’s boys will try to earn a state tournament berth of their own when they host Wilson Central on Monday.

Antioch (26-6) held off host Beech 55-50 and earned its first state trip since 2007. Senior guard Jenese Davis poured in 23 points.

Antioch meets Memphis Overton (2:30 p.m., Wednesday) in its tournament opener.

Back to state: Senior Lauren Thompson scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had five blocked shots as defending AA girls state champion Christ Presbyterian Academy (27-7) rallied to beat host Page 47-42 in sectionals for the second straight year.

CPA takes on Livingston in a Class AA state quarterfinal (2:30 p.m., Thursday).

The end: Nashville Christian School (23-11) saw its season end in Class A sectionals with a 55-49 loss to host Summertown despite 18 points from junior Bailey Maddox.

• Big numbers: Ezell-Harding guard Austin Gee finished his career with 1,417 points, 228 steals and school records of 591 assists and 409 rebounds.

This season, Gee scored 635 points (19.8 per game), with 231 assists (7.2) and 184 rebounds (5.8) and 93 steals (2.9). He finished as the No. 3 scorer in Nashville. He also made the all-district and all-region in DII-A.

Hall of Famer: Ronnie Carter, former executive director of the TSSAA, has been named for induction to the National High School Hall of Fame.

Carter is the first administrator from Tennessee to be inducted and is among 13 individuals who will will be inducted during ceremonies in Denver on June 27.

Carter was TSSAA executive director from 1986-2009. He also served as a member of the National Federation of High School Board of Directors from 1998-2002 and was president in the 2001-02 term.

He was inducted into the TSSAA Hall in 2011.


Boys sectionals
Monday’s games

(all at 7 p.m.)

Class AAA
Wilson Central at Brentwood High
Hillsboro at Dickson County

Class AA
East Nashville at Cheatham County
Spring Hill at Christ Presbyterian Academy