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2024 TSSAA (Tennessee) Blue Cross Basketball Championships Division II A & AA (Boys & Girls) March 2, 2024
Topic: Basketball


2024 TSSAA (Tennessee) Blue Cross Basketball Championships
Division II Class A & AA (Boys & Girls)

Hooper Eblen Center Tennessee Tech University Cookeville TN

March 2, 2024

© 2024 Ron Harrison

March 2nd

Knoxville Webb vs. Knoxville Catholic (Girls) Division II Class AA (Championship)

Knoxville Webb coach Greg Hernandez started the following lineup: 5-8 Sr. Brooklyn Bush, 5-8 So. Meeyah Green, 6-1 8th Grade Kyndall Mays, 5-4 Sr. Katelyn Overton, and 5-6 Fr. Cailyn Taylor. Knoxville Catholic coach Travis Mains countered with 5-11 Jr. Amaya Redd, 5-10 Jr. Margaret Frana, 6-0 Sr. Caroline Krueger, 5-10 Jr. Tinsley Walker, and 5-10 Sr. Sydney Mains.

Knoxville Catholic defeated Knoxville Webb 53-39 to capture back to back championships but it did not come easy. Catholic star Sydney Mains was hampered by foul woes today as she was whistled for her fourth foul with 4:51 remaining in the third quarter but her teammates came up big. Knoxville Catholic shot 53.6% from the field including seven of 13 from the three point line. The Fighting Irish connected on 16 of 22 free throws, pulled down 33 rebounds, and scored nine points off 13 Knoxville Webb turnovers. Knoxville Webb shot 28.6% from the field including four of 16 from beyond the arc. The Spartans connected on seven of seven free throws, pulled down 16 rebounds, and scored 20 points off 26 Knoxville Catholic turnovers.

Amaya Redd led Knoxville Catholic with 17 points including nine of 14 free throws, nine rebounds, and two assists. Sydney Mains added 16 points including three three point baskets, five of six free throws, five rebounds, and two assists. Tinsley Walker recorded nine points on three three point baskets. Caroline Krueger chipped in with four points, six rebounds, and two steals. Margaret Frana added four points, nine rebounds, and two steals.

Meeyah Green led Knoxville Webb with 12 points including three of three free throws, four rebounds, and three assists. Kyndall Mays added eight points and two rebounds. Katelyn Overton recorded seven points, three rebounds, and two assists.

All Tournament Team – Lily Morrow (CPA), Kora Johnson (The Webb School), Meeyah Green (Knoxville Webb), Kyndall Mays (Knoxville Webb), Tinsley Walker (Knoxville Catholic), Amaya Redd (Knoxville Catholic), and Sydney Mains (Knoxville Catholic) (MVP).

Knoxville Webb - 9,11,9,10,39
Knoxville Catholic - 12,15,9,17,53

Knoxville Webb - (39) – Bush 4, M. Green 12, Mays 8, Overton 7, Taylor 5, A, Green 3.
Knoxville Catholic - (53) – Redd 17, Frana 4, Krueger 4, Walker 9, Mains 16, English 3.

Briarcrest Christian School vs. Brentwood Academy (Boys) Division II Class AA (Championship)

Briarcrest Christian School coach John Harrington started the following lineup: 6-7 Sr. Jackson Grisham, 6-5 Sr. Braden Bryan, 6-7 So. Fred Smith, 6-1 Sr. Connor Mancell, and 6-2 Sr. Cooper Haynes. Brentwood Academy coach Andy Blackston countered with So. Jeromy Davis, 6-5 Jr. George MacIntyre, 6-6 Jr. Justin Stewart, 6-0 Sr. Tyler Tanner, and 6-1 Sr. Jack West.

Briarcrest Christian School defeated Brentwood Academy by the score of 80-71. Briarcrest Christian School shot 67.4% from the field including three of four from the three point line. The Saints connected on 19 of 22 free throws, pulled down 30 rebounds, and scored four points off four Brentwood Academy turnovers. Brentwood Academy shot 45.3% from the field including 12 of 29 from beyond the arc. The Eagles connected on 11 of 13 free throws, pulled down 14 rebounds, and scored 15 points off 10 Briarcrest Christian School turnovers.

Fred Smith led Briarcrest Christian School with 29 points, 15 rebounds, and three assists. Smith was 12 of 14 from the field and five of six from the free throw line. Cooper Haynes added 24 points including nine of 10 free throws, and two rebounds. Jackson Grisham recorded 11 points and five rebounds. 5-10 Fr. Greg Spight chipped in with 10 points including two three point baskets, two rebounds, and two assists.

Tyler Tanner led Brentwood Academy with 22 points including two three point baskets, six of six free throws, and six assists. George MacIntyre added 21 points including five three point baskets, and two of three free throws. 5-11 Fr. Bryson Wade recorded nine points on three three point baskets. 6-6 So. Ethan Hillsman chipped in with seven points, six rebounds, and three blocked shots. Jeromy Davis added seven points and three rebounds.

All Tournament Team – Jaylen Pompey (Knoxville Webb), Fred Bailey (Pope John Paul II), George MacIntyre (Brentwood Academy), Tyler Tanner (Brentwood Academy), Cooper Haynes (Briarcrest Christian School), Jackson Grisham (Briarcrest Christian School), and Fred Smith (Briarcrest Christian School) (MVP).

Briarcrest Christian School - 20,17,19,24,80
Brentwood Academy - 13,18,13,27,71

Briarcrest Christian School - (80) – Grisham 11, Bryan 4, Smith 29, Mancell 2, Haynes 24, Spight 10.
Brentwood Academy - (71) – Davis 7, MacIntyre 21, Stewart 0, Tanner 22, West 5, Hillsman 7, Wade 9.

University School of Jackson vs. Goodpasture Christian School (Girls) Division II Class A (Championship)

University School of Jackson coach Joel Ayers started the following lineup: 6-0 Fr. Haylen Ayers, 5-7 Jr. Ellen Driver, 5-7 Fr. Lilly Teague, 5-4 So. Mia Spellings, and 5-7 So. Sophie King. Goodpasture Christian School coach Taylor Clay countered with 5-7 Jr. Addi Ruffin, 5-3 Jr. Harper Kate Miles, 5-10 Sr. Sarah Purkey, 5-0 Fr. Brooklyn Jones, and 5-4 Jr. La’zaviona Hawkins.

University School of Jackson defeated Goodpasture Christian School 70-58 in a triple overtime game. In which there were 13 lead changes and 10 ties. Haylen Ayers hit clutch shots to get them into the overtime periods then took over in the final frame. University School of Jackson shot 40% from the field including 11 of 21 from the three point line. The Bruins connected on 15 of 21 free throws, pulled down 48 rebounds, and scored four points off seven Goodpasture Christian School turnovers. Goodpasture Christian School shot 35.6% from the field including five of 22 from beyond the arc. The Cougars connected on 11 of 15 from the free throw line, pulled down 31 rebounds, and scored 13 points off 17 University School of Jackson turnovers.

Haylen Ayers led University School of Jackson with 30 points including three three point baskets, nine of 12 free throws, 12 rebounds, six assists, and four steals. Lilly Teague added 16 points including five three point baskets, and four rebounds. Ellen Driver recorded eight points and seven rebounds. Sophie King chipped in with seven points and four rebounds. 5-10 Sr. Ava Barham recorded four points, 17 rebounds, and two assists.

La’zaviona Hawkins led Goodpasture Christian School with 19 points including nine of 11 free throws, three rebounds, and four steals. Brooklyn Jones added 18 points including two three point baskets, three rebounds, and two steals. Addi Ruffin recorded nine points, four rebounds, and three steals. Sarah Purkey chipped in with nine points, five rebounds, and two steals.

All Tournament Team – Brooklyn Jones (Goodpasture Christian School), Addi Ruffin (Goodpasture Christian School), La’zaviona Hawkins (Goodpasture Christian School), Ellen Driver (University School of Jackson), Lilly Teague (University School of Jackson), 5-10 Sr. Ava Barham (University School of Jackson), Haylen Ayers (University School of Jackson) (MVP).

University School of Jackson - 16,2,13,10,7,8,14,70
Goodpasture Christian School - 9,10,18,4,7,8,2,58

University School of Jackson - (70) – Ayers 30, Driver 8, Teague 16, Spellings 5, King 7, Barham 4.
Goodpasture Christian School - (58) – Ruffin 9, Miles 3, Purkey 9, Jones 18, Hawkins 19.

Providence Christian Academy vs. First Assembly Christian School (Boys) Division II Class A (Championship)

Providence Christian Academy coach Kerry Hammonds started the following lineup: 6-8 Sr. Judson Bjornstad, 6-5 Jr. Davis Joyner, 6-9 Jr. Preston Wade, 6-1 Jr. Tryce Grensing, and 6-1 Jr. Baylor Allen. First Assembly Christian School coach D’Marius Wilkes countered with 6-4 So. Marcellous Jackson, 6-4 So. Martechio Hayes, 6-5 Jr. Kristopher Carrol, 5-9 Jr. Brian Shields, and 6-0 Jr. Jacob Walker.

Marcellous Jackson scored in the lane in the closing seconds to give First Assembly Christian School a 57-55 victory over Providence Christian Academy. First Assembly Christian School outscored Providence Academy 18-4 in the last quarter. There were five lead changes and two ties in this game. FAC shot 47.6% from the field including four of 12 from the three point line. The Crusaders connected on 13 of 18 free throws, pulled down 21 rebounds, and scored 15 points off 12 PCA turnovers. PCA shot 51.2% from the field including four of 12 from beyond the arc. The Lions connected on seven of 11 free throws, pulled down 24 rebounds, and scored 11 points off nine FAC turnovers.

Marcellous Jackson led First Assembly Christian School with 19 points including five of seven free throws, two rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Martechio Hayes added 15 points and two rebounds. Kristopher Carrol recorded 11 points including three three point baskets and two rebounds. Jacob Walker chipped in with nine points including three of four free throws, six rebounds, and five steals.

Judson Bjornstad led Providence Christian Academy with 19 points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots, and two steals. 6-7 So. Aiden Bolden added 15 points including three of four free throws, seven rebounds, and two blocked shots. Preston Wade recorded two points, three rebounds, and three blocked shots. Davis Joyner added seven points, two rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

All Tournament Team – Judson Bjornstad (PCA), Preston Wade (PCA), Aiden Bolden (PCA), Marcellous Jackson (FAC), Jacob Walker (FAC), Kristopher Carrol (FAC), Martechio Hayes (FAC) (MVP).

Providence Christian Academy - 23,11,17,4,55
First Assembly Christian School - 13,12,14,18,57

Providence Christian Academy - (55) – Bjornstad 19, Joyner 7, Wade 2, Grensing 3, Allen 3, Bolden 15, Mustapha 3, Lewis 3.
First Assembly Christian School - (57) – Jackson 19, Hayes 15, Carrol 11, Shields 0, Walker 9, McGaughey 3.


A special thanks to the TSSAA for providing all the tournament info on their very informative up-to-date website.


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Posted by REH at 6:02 PM EST
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