Blaze wrap up 7-AAA championship Blaze wrap up 7-AAA championship

Blaze wrap up 7-AAA championship Blaze wrap up 7-AAA championship

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MURFREESBORO – Top-ranked Blackman didn’t breeze through Round 2 with sixth-ranked Siegel on Tuesday night.
MURFREESBORO – Top-ranked Blackman didn’t breeze through Round 2 with sixth-ranked Siegel on Tuesday night.

The Blaze held on to win 56-46, holding the Stars without a field goal over the final 4:39.
The Blaze held on to win 56-46, holding the Stars without a field goal over the final 4:39.

“We just responded well, and played with the heart of a two-time district champ,” Blackman coach Barry Wortman said. “You saw our toughness and grit. We responded with every run.”
“We just responded well, and played with the heart of a two-time district champ,” Blackman coach Barry Wortman said. “You saw our toughness and grit. We responded with every run.”

Blackman (23-0 overall, 9-0 in 7-AAA) wrapped up its second straight District 7-AAA regular-season title with the win, and will be the top seed in next week’s District 7-AAA tournament at Smyrna. The Blaze can complete their first undefeated regular and district season with a win at Riverdale on Friday. Siegel (23-3, 7-2) has locked up the second seed for the district tournament through a predetermined tiebreaker.
Blackman (23-0 overall, 9-0 in 7-AAA) wrapped up its second straight District 7-AAA regular-season title with the win, and will be the top seed in next week’s District 7-AAA tournament at Smyrna. The Blaze can complete their first undefeated regular and district season with a win at Riverdale on Friday. Siegel (23-3, 7-2) has locked up the second seed for the district tournament through a predetermined tiebreaker.

Siegel made sure this game didn’t get out of hand like the first meeting, an 86-42 Blackman rout two weeks ago. When Darius Thompson’s 3-pointer gave Blackman a 15-4 lead with 2:31 left in the opening quarter, Siegel responded with five straight.
Siegel made sure this game didn’t get out of hand like the first meeting, an 86-42 Blackman rout two weeks ago. When Darius Thompson’s 3-pointer gave Blackman a 15-4 lead with 2:31 left in the opening quarter, Siegel responded with five straight.

“It came down to pride and heart for us,” Siegel coach Ben Dotson said. “We wanted a good effort forward. I thought collectively we did that.”
“It came down to pride and heart for us,” Siegel coach Ben Dotson said. “We wanted a good effort forward. I thought collectively we did that.”

Blackman found answers each time Siegel made a run at the Blaze.
Blackman found answers each time Siegel made a run at the Blaze.

Siegel tied the game twice in the second half.
Siegel tied the game twice in the second half.

Aden Burton’s 3-pointer tied it 28-28 with 4:16 left in the third quarter.
Aden Burton’s 3-pointer tied it 28-28 with 4:16 left in the third quarter.

But Blackman’s Alec McMiller hit a 3-pointer, which was followed by reserve Reid Pierce back-to-back buckets to balloon the lead to 35-28.
But Blackman’s Alec McMiller hit a 3-pointer, which was followed by reserve Reid Pierce back-to-back buckets to balloon the lead to 35-28.

Burton’s layup made it 37-37 with 7:53 left.
Burton’s layup made it 37-37 with 7:53 left.

But Blackman responded with K.J. Dowdy’s layup and a McMiller 3-pointer to break the tie.
But Blackman responded with K.J. Dowdy’s layup and a McMiller 3-pointer to break the tie.

“As the season gets closer and closer to tournament time and you play teams multiple times it’s going to get closer,” McMiller said.
“As the season gets closer and closer to tournament time and you play teams multiple times it’s going to get closer,” McMiller said.

Thompson, a Vanderbilt commitment, led Blackman with 15 points, but scored just three points in the second half thanks to Charles Clark’s defensive pressure. McMiller added 10 and Justin Coleman had 10.
Thompson, a Vanderbilt commitment, led Blackman with 15 points, but scored just three points in the second half thanks to Charles Clark’s defensive pressure. McMiller added 10 and Justin Coleman had 10.

Ryan Jones scored 13 points to lead the Stars. Clark followed with 11.
Ryan Jones scored 13 points to lead the Stars. Clark followed with 11.

Blackman 56, Siegel 46
Blackman 56, Siegel 46

Siegel 9 13 13 11 — 46
Siegel 9 13 13 11 — 46

Blackman 17 10 10 19 — 56
Blackman 17 10 10 19 — 56

Siegel: Clark 11, Gooch 6, Jones 13, McGee 2, Martin 4, Simpson 2, Burton 7, Clark 1.
Siegel: Clark 11, Gooch 6, Jones 13, McGee 2, Martin 4, Simpson 2, Burton 7, Clark 1.

Blackman: Cousin 9, McMiller 10, Dowdy 6, Thompson 15, Maher 2, Coleman 10, Pierce 4.
Blackman: Cousin 9, McMiller 10, Dowdy 6, Thompson 15, Maher 2, Coleman 10, Pierce 4.

Sophomore Alex Johnson scored a game-high 15 points and freshman teammate Jazz Bond added 10 to lead the third-ranked Lady Blaze (23-1, 8-1) to the season sweep of the Lady Stars.
Sophomore Alex Johnson scored a game-high 15 points and freshman teammate Jazz Bond added 10 to lead the third-ranked Lady Blaze (23-1, 8-1) to the season sweep of the Lady Stars.

Micah Norris added nine.
Micah Norris added nine.

Siegel threw a 2-3 zone at the Lady Blaze throughout much of the game. It slowed Blackman down for about a quarter.
Siegel threw a 2-3 zone at the Lady Blaze throughout much of the game. It slowed Blackman down for about a quarter.

“Since the district started, we’ve seen it two or three times,” Blackman coach Chad Hibdon said. “I thought we didn’t do a good job of early was getting back in transition. They were back in the zone, and we didn’t really push the basketball.
“Since the district started, we’ve seen it two or three times,” Blackman coach Chad Hibdon said. “I thought we didn’t do a good job of early was getting back in transition. They were back in the zone, and we didn’t really push the basketball.

“Once we did that, we were able to get some easy baskets inside to Alex. That let us get in some pressure.”
“Once we did that, we were able to get some easy baskets inside to Alex. That let us get in some pressure.”

Erica Roberts led Siegel (15-11, 2-7) with nine. Teammate Paris Lawson had seven.
Erica Roberts led Siegel (15-11, 2-7) with nine. Teammate Paris Lawson had seven.

Blackman 49, Siegel 32
Blackman 49, Siegel 32

Siegel 6 4 7 15 — 32
Siegel 6 4 7 15 — 32

Blackman 11 10 15 13 — 49
Blackman 11 10 15 13 — 49

Siegel: Bush 2, Juergens 2, Francescon 2, Clemmer 4, Roberts 9, Lawson 7, Am. Daniels 6.
Siegel: Bush 2, Juergens 2, Francescon 2, Clemmer 4, Roberts 9, Lawson 7, Am. Daniels 6.

Blackman: Norris 9, Killings 2, Dangerfield 7, Johnson 15, Bond 10, Miller 6.
Blackman: Norris 9, Killings 2, Dangerfield 7, Johnson 15, Bond 10, Miller 6.

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