In a game full of scoring runs, it was seventh-seed La Vergne Middle’s 17-1 run in the third quarter that Blackman couldn’t overcome as the Hawks held off the sixth-seed Flames 46-41 in overtime at Blackman Middle.
The game was one of the highlights among the six contests played on the opening day of the Rutherford County Middle School Basketball Tournament.
“We worked as a team,” La Vergne’s KeiAnthony Connor said. “We had to play hard and we worked hard in practice.”
Connor led the Hawks with 15 points as La Vergne had to battle back from down eight points a couple of minutes into the second half.
Blackman’s Trent Gibson scored a game-high 21 points.
“Basketball is mental as much as it is physical, and a lot of times I’ve got to challenge my guys mentally,” La Vergne coach Robert Garner said. “I just challenged them mentally at that time and they responded. So they get all the credit.”
During its scoring stretch, La Vergne was up by as many as eight, but Blackman tied it on a three point shot by O’Brien Gentry with 5.6 seconds left in regulation.
“I think for us, our depth issue kind of created some problems for us. Just fatigue, just trying to finish out the regular season,” Blackman head coach Eric Moore said.
Rockvale 50, Central Magnet 32:Graham Hatcher and Gabriel Martin scored 11 points apiece to lead the Ravens. Mari Stoudemire added 10 points. Nathan Nelson led Central with 13.
Stewarts Creek 46, Smyrna 25: Vince Floyd scored a team-high 19 points and Chris Williams added eight for Creek. Kristian Epley led Smyrna with six.
Whitworth-Buchanan 39, Siegel 24: Whitworth-Buchanan’s Leah Johnson scored a game-high 12 points to lead the Yellow Jackets past the Lady Cavaliers.
Siegel scored the game’s first six points, but Buchanan took a 15-14 lead at halftime. The Yellow Jackets never trailed in the second half.
“It takes us a little bit of time to warm up and for them to get their confidence up,” Buchanan coach LaToya Beard said. “They’ve really got to go out there and feel the other team and see what’s going on. But once they get warmed up, they go.”
The Yellow Jackets outscored the Lady Cavaliers 13-4 in the third quarter. Siegel had no answer for Leah Johnson and her game-high 12 points. In the fourth quarter, Buchanan stretched its lead to 15 points.
“Honesty there are days like this, and we took good shots and good positions and they didn’t fall,” Siegel head coach Patrick Stoecker said. “That’s all there is to it. If those shots fall, we don’t win by a little, we win by a lot.”
La Vergne 36, Rockvale 34:Lapraisia Ward scored a game-high 22 points to lead La Vergne. Jamaya Clayborn led Rockvale with nine points.
Smyrna 25, Central Magnet 23: Nikia Drew scored 11 points to pace Smyrna. Molly Kate Anderson led Central with 10.