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Monday, January 31, 2011

Tennessee AP Girls Basketball Polls

Tennessee Associated Press Girls Basketball Prep Rankings

Class AAA

Record Pts Prv

1. Riverdale (21) 22-0 210 1
2. Mt. Juliet 21-2 184 2
3. Walker Valley 18-1 152 3
4. Memphis Central 14-8 131 4
5. Lawrence County 21-2 126 5
6. Clarksville 21-3 101 8
7. White Station 19-3 64 7
8. Wilson Central 15-2 63 6
9. Knoxville West 17-2 31 10
10. Jackson Northside 17-3 26 9
Others receiving 12 or more points: Science Hill 16.

Class AA

Record Pts Prv

1. Elizabethton (18) 23-0 207 1
2. McMinn Central (2) 21-1 183 2
3. Liberty Magnet 20-1 168 3
4. Obion County 22-3 141 4
5. Livingston Academy (1) 23-3 139 5
6. Dyersburg 20-4 86 7
7. Upperman 19-5 73 6
8. Cannon County 19-5 62 8
9. Macon County 18-2 56 10
10. David Lipscomb 18-2 8 NR
Others receiving 12 or more points: None

Class A

Record Pts Prv

1. Wayne County (14) 20-1 200 1
2. Lake County (2) 22-3 180 2
3. Jackson County (3) 20-2 173 3
4. Moore County (1) 22-3 142 4
5. Scotts Hill (1) 19-0 132 5
6. North Greene 19-6 74 6
7. Clarkrange 17-5 72 7
8. Hampton 15-6 53 9
9. Loretto 18-6 50 10
10. Forrest 18-6 39 8
Others receiving 12 or more points: Oakdale 15. Red Boiling Springs 12.

Division II

Record Pts Prv

1. Girls Prep (18) 16-1 188 1
2. Knoxville Webb 16-4 154 2
3. Franklin Road Academy 18-2 151 4
4. Brentwood Academy 12-6 121 3
5. Fayette Academy 18-1 103 7
6. Briarcrest 16-4 91 8
7. St. Benedict (1) 19-3 78 5
8. Ensworth 12-7 62 10
9. Harding Academy 12-7 55 9
10. Baylor 12-11 22 6
Others receiving 12 or more points: None

Girls Basketball Scores - January 29, 2011





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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Middle School Large School Championship Schedule

1/31/2011 4:00pm Craigmont vs Snowden at Sherwood Middle
1/31/2011 4:00pm Ridgeway vs Hickory Ridge at Colonial Middle

Friday, January 28, 2011

Updated Middle School City Championship Brackets

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Central survive White Station

Early on, it was all White Station. The Spartans scored the first eight points of the game -- prompting an enraged Bray to take a quick timeout along the way -- and went into halftime leading 23-17.

"We got out and pressured and played at a high level (early)," said Durham. "I told them not to get too hyped and we leveled off."

While the Spartans (20-3, 6-1 in 16-AAA) were leveling off, Central (14-8, 7-0) was grinding its way back.

The Warriors took the lead for keeps when sophomore Nina Davis (15 points) took a no-look pass from Aaliyah Whiteside and converted a three-point play to make it 36-33 early in the fourth. That started a 10-0 run that helped the Warriors grab control.

Whiteside, who also finished with 15, hit a 3-pointer from the left wing and Jalen O'Bannon scored all four of her points in Central's decisive run.

"We started getting some defensive boards, and we did a better job of pushing the tempo offensively," said Bray.

White Station still had its chances though. O'Bannon was called for an intentional foul with 32 seconds left, and Ashley Small hit both free throws to make it 47-44.

The Spartans, who were led by guard Breanna Ridgell's 18 points, got a good look on the ensuing possession, but Small's driving layup rimmed out and Central was able to make enough free throws to ride out the storm.

(2) Central 51, (1) White Station 46

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Girls Basketball Scores - January 27, 2011




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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Girls Basketball Scores - January 26, 2011




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Girls Basketball Dandy Dozen - January 27, 2011

/ Record / Last Rank /

1. White Station / 20-2 / 1 /
2. Central / 13-8 / 2 /
3. Overton / 15-5 / 3 /
4. Arlington / 17-3 / 4 /
5. Briarcrest / 16-4 / 5 /
6. Cordova / 15-2 / 8 /
7. Ridgeway / 13-5 / 6 /
8. Center Hill / 19-3 / 9 /
9. MHEA / 18-5 / 12 /
10. St. Benedict / 18-3 / 7 /
11. Fayette Academy / 16-1 / 11 /
12. Manassas / 17-5 / NR /
Dropped Out: Whitehaven

Alexandria Winston, Commercial Appeal Player of the Week

Alexandria Winston, Bolton basketball: Winston, a 5-8 senior, scored 34 points in Saturday's 63-55 loss to Jackson North Side and added 14 points in the Wildcats' key 52-50 district win at Bartlett on Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Memphis Central, Toughest Girls Basketball Schedule in the Country

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Darianne Butler, SR


As Memphis Central (Memphis, Tenn.) walked into the Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) gym, home of the No. 7 team in the Powerade Fab 50, head coach Niki Bray was approached by an assistant coach. The coach wasn't from Riverdale, but from another team in the middle Tennessee region she'd rather not identify.

"Why'd y'all come all this way to get your (butts) whipped?" Bray recalled being asked.

Such is the cutthroat attitude of Tennessee basketball, especially of teams from the middle of the state towards schools in Memphis. The attitude, however, though archaic and unsportsmanlike is somehow justified because 1985 was the last time a Memphis-area program (Melrose High School) won the state's biggest (AAA) championship.

Memphis Central, ranked 46th last week, silenced the Riverdale crowd with a 26-10 second quarter that put Bray's squad up 16 on Riverdale at the half. But the shaky start in the fourth quarter, which has become all too common for the Lady Warriors, prevented a second signature win, to go with its 82-79 win over then-No. 9 and now No. 15 Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.). Memphis Central fell in overtime to Riverdale 74-72.

Memphis Central has been the target of much criticism since the holiday break. Memphis Central, at 11-8, has twice as many losses as any team in the national high-school rankings.

But the fact is nobody in the country has played as many top teams as Memphis Central.

All eight of the Lady Warriors' losses have come from teams that were -- or are now -- ranked 17th or higher in the Powerade Fab 50.

In November, the team lost to No. 4 Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, Ill.).

In December, during a 16-day road trip that sent the team to Hawaii and Arizona, the team fell to then No. 2 Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.), currently No. 1 in the nation. No. 9 Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) is currently No. 2; followed by No. 17 Monarch (Louisville, Colo.), now No. 17; and No. 43 St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.), up to ninth this week.

Memphis Central didn't schedule any breaks in its non-league schedule this month. The team traveled to Arkansas to play No. 23 North Little Rock (North Little Rock, Ark.), this week's No. 16. Two weeks ago, the Lady Warriors traveled to St. Louis to play No. 6 Potter's House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.), now No. 5.

So the overtime loss to Riverdale follows a frustrating trend for the team of falling apart in the fourth quarter. But it also shows signs of progress by a team that lost by 20 to Bolingbrook and 26 to St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.), because the Lady Warriors are hanging with top teams.

In all, Bray believes her team is every bit as good as every opponent it has played, except for a Bolingbrook team that she thought was too big to match up with physically.

The Lady Warriors, who have played the toughest schedule in the nation, will have traveled nearly 9,100 miles by the end of this week. The team is in its home stretch with just 170 miles remaining, including this weekend's trip to play regionally-ranked and defending state champion New Albany (New Albany, Miss.) before the district playoffs. The total distance traveled is eclipsed by just one team, No. 3 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), which has logged more than 10,000 miles this season.

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District Standings and Scoring Leaders

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Girls Basketball Scores - January 25, 2011




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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tennessee AP Prep Girls Basketball Ranking

Class AAA

School Record Pts Prv

1. Riverdale (18) 20-0 180 1
2. Mt. Juliet 17-2 156 2
3. Walker Valley 15-1 121 5
4. Memphis Central 12-8 96 T6
5. Lawrence County 19-2 92 T6
6. Wilson Central 13-1 90 3
7. White Station 18-2 87 4
8. Clarksville 19-3 72 8
9. Jackson Northside 16-2 43 9
10. Knoxville West 15-1 16 NR
Others receiving 12 or more points: None

Class AA

School Record Pts Prv

1. Elizabethton (15) 20-0 177 1
2. McMinn Central (2) 18-1 159 2
3. Liberty Magnet 17-1 132 4
4. Obion County 21-3 115 5
5. Livingston Academy (1) 20-3 109 6
6. Upperman 17-4 94 8
7. Dyersburg 18-4 66 9
8. Cannon County 18-4 53 3
9. Polk County 13-4 25 7
10. Macon County 15-2 17 10
Others receiving 12 or more points: Chuckey-Doak 13.

Class A

School Record Pts Prv

1. Wayne County (9) 18-1 162 2
2. Lake County (4) 17-3 145 3
3. Jackson County (3) 17-2 137 4
4. Moore County (1) 19-3 122 1
5. Scotts Hill (1) 18-0 118 5
6. North Greene 17-5 82 8
7. Clarkrange 15-4 78 6
8. Forrest 15-5 27 NR
9. Hampton 14-6 23 9
10. Loretto 15-6 20 7
Others receiving 12 or more points: Cloudland 19. Oakdale 19. Red Boiling Springs 19.

Division 2

School Record Pts Prv

1. Girls Prep (12) 14-1 151 1
2. Knoxville Webb (2) 15-3 143 3
3. Brentwood Academy 11-4 116 4
4. Franklin Road Aca. (1) 16-2 110 5
5. St. Benedict (1) 18-2 85 7
6. Baylor 12-7 76 2
7. Fayette Academy 16-1 74 6
8. Briarcrest 15-4 70 8
9. Harding Academy 10-7 16 9
10. Ensworth 10-7 14 NR
Others receiving 12 or more points: None

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St Benedict at Auburndale School Fan Appreciation Night

Tuesday night, January 25th is Fan Appreciation Night honoring First Responders and Military Personnel (retired, reserved, and active) at St Benedict at Auburndale School.

Admission is free to all.

Varsity Girls at 6:00, Varsity Boys at 7:30.

Games are against MHEA.

Girls Basketball Scores - January 24, 2011




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Sunday, January 23, 2011

White Station beats Ridgeway in Overtime

Using a ferocious full-court press, visiting White Station clawed back from a 12-point deficit to beat No. 6 Ridgeway, 66-55, in overtime Saturday.

The Roadrunners had been the only local team to beat the Spartans, winning 72-67 at Spartan Palace on Dec. 17.

White Station (19-2) trailed 30-24 at halftime and was down 12 after the Roadrunners scored six quick points to start the third.

But White Station's press soon started to pay big dividends.

"We knew we had to buckle down," said Spartans junior guard Alicia Payne. "We started to get some steals and some buckets."

Payne had a huge hand in White Station's comeback, scoring all 13 of her points after halftime. Jasmine Settles came off the bench to score 12 for the Spartans; Breanna Ridgell also had 12.

But the key was the inside play of 5-10 senior Ashley Small, who scored 18 points, including a basket in the paint with less than two seconds left that sent the game into overtime tied at 53.

She also shared in the thankless task of defending Ridgeway star Hasina Muhammad, who finished with 23 points.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Andrea Holmes, Jasbriell Swain excelling in New York

Traveling far from home for college is not easy, but for two Memphians, Andrea Holmes (Mitchell) and Jasbriell Swain (Hornlake), the transition is working out just fine. They are excelling on the court and in the classroom at Binghamton University in New York.

Andrea is a junior point guard, was America East Conference Rookie of the Year in 2009, has earned the America East women's basketball Player of the Week twice this season and in December lead the American East conference in scoring (15.4 ppg), assists (4.3 apg) and steals (2.9 spg).

Jasbriell is a freshman guard, has started every game as a freshman and is 3rd in scoring (9.6ppg) for the team.

The America East Conference interviewed the players on their transition from Memphis to New York. Check out the video.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Maxpreps.com Tennessee Scoring Leaders Girls Basketball

Several Memphis players are highly ranked in scoring for Tennessee. However, these statistics are incomplete. The statistics are based on players whose information has been added to the Maxpreps site. So, players if you know you should be in the ranking, encourage your coach to add your team information to the system. It's another avenue for exposure..

Here is the Top Ten:
1 Derica Wiggins(Fr) Oakhaven (Memphis, TN) PG 13 300 23.1
2 Brinika Shephard(Sr) Westwood (Memphis, TN) SG, G 13 98 268 20.6
3 Phikala Anthony(So) Memphis Northside (Memphis, TN) SG 16 100 200 50 312 19.5
4 Hasina Muhammad(Sr) Ridgeway (Memphis, TN) 16 120 244 49 303 18.9
5 Lorna Hudson(Jr) Peabody (Trenton, TN) G, F 17 115 233 49 312 18.4
6 Jaycee Coe(Fr) Jackson County (Gainesboro, TN) 15 89 166 54 270 18.0
7 Caroline Warden(Jr) Jackson County (Gainesboro, TN) 15 95 211 45 265 17.7
8 Laquaris Harris(Sr) Washington (Memphis, TN) G 15 94 198 47 265 17.7
9 Demetrius Bradshaw(Sr) Mitchell (Memphis, TN) C, PF 15 79 199 40 251 16.7
10 Samantha Reeves(Jr) Fayette Academy (Somerville, TN) 12 79 176 45 200 16.7

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Central drops, Overton drops out, Powerade Fab 50 Week 7 Ranking

Central drops 18 to #46. Overton drops out of ranking.

Top 20:

Rank School (City, State) Record Prev
1 Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.) 16-0 1
2 Polytechnic (Long Beach, Calif. 14-2 2
3 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 16-1 3
4 Neptune (Neptune, N.J.) 8-0 4
5 Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, Ill.) 13-2 5
6 Potter's House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) 22-1 6
7 Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) 17-0 7
8 Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) 17-0 8
9 St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.) 8-2 9
10 Monarch (Louisville, Colo.) 8-2 10
11 St. Mary's (Phoenix Ariz.) 17-1 11
12 Westbury Christian (Houston, Texas) 27-1 12
13 Lake Taylor (Norfolk, Va.) 16-0 14
14 St. John's (D.C.) 16-0 15
15 Buford (Buford, Ga.) 11-1 16
16 Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) 13-1 17
17 Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) 17-4 18
18 Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.) 12-2 19
19 North Little Rock (North Little Rock, Ark.) 16-0 20
20 Start (Toledo, Ohio) 8-1 13

Complete Powerade Fab 50 Ranking

Southeast Regional Ranking

1. Potter's House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) 22-1 (1)
2. Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) 17-0 (2)
3. Buford (Buford, Ga.) 11-1 (3)
4. Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) 13-1 (4)
5. Madison Academy (Madison, Ala.) 20-2 (5)
6. Spring Valley (Spring Valley, S.C.) 17-0 (6)
7. Butler (Matthews, N.C.) 15-0 (7)
8. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 20-2 (9)
9. Sparkman (Harvest, Ala.) 20-1 (10)
10. Goose Creek (Goose Creek, S.C.) 18-2 (11)
11. Clarksville (Clarksville, Tenn.) 18-3 (12)
12. Hollywood Christian (Hollywood, Fla.) 20-1 (13)
13. Memphis Central (Memphis, Tenn.) 11-7 (8)
14. Wesleyan (Norcross, Ga.) 14-2 (NR)
15. Lake Mary (Lake Mary, Fla.) 19-2 (15)
16. Mount Juliet (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) 16-3 (16)
17. Redan (Stone Mountain, Ga.) 9-1 (17)
18. Fayette County (Fayetteville, Ga.) 11-5 (18)
19. Helen Cox (Harvey, La.) 20-3 (19)
20. New Albany (New Albany, Miss.) 16-2 (20)

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Kaylah Keys, Commercial Appeal Player of the Week

Kaylah Keys, Harding basketball: Keys, a sophomore, helped the Lions win two of three games this week by averaging 25 points per game. Against SBEC, she scored 37 points and added nine rebounds, four steals and two assists to help the Lions to the 61-44 win.

Girls Basketball Dandy Dozen - January 20, 2011

/ Record / Last Rank /

1. White Station / 17-2 / 1 /
2. Central / 12-7 / 3 /
3. Overton / 14-5 / 2 /
4. Arlington / 16-3 / 7 /
5. Briarcrest / 14-3 / 8 /
6. Ridgeway / 12-4 / 4 /
7. St. Benedict / 17-2 / 5 /
8. Cordova / 13-1 / 6 /
9. Center Hill / 18-3 / 11 /
10. Whitehaven / 13-5 / NR /
11. Fayette Academy / 15-1 / NR /
12. MHEA / 16-5 / 12 /
Dropped Out: Craigmont, Douglass

Girls Basketball Scores - January 19, 2011




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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tennessee AP Girls Basketball Polls

The Associated Press' Top 10 teams as selected by Tennessee AP-member sportswriters and broadcasters. With first-place votes in parentheses, records through January 15, total points based on 10 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 10th-place vote.

Class AAA

School Record Pts Prv

1. Riverdale (18) 17-0 180 1
2. Mt. Juliet 16-2 147 2
3. Wilson Central 13-0 142 3
4. White Station 17-1 106 4
5. Walker Valley 13-1 98 6
T6.Memphis Central 11-6 74 5
T6.Lawrence County 18-2 74 7
8. Clarksville 18-3 74 8
9. Jackson Northside 15-2 43 9
10. Bradley Central 12-4 21 10
Others receiving 12 or more points: Science Hill 12.

Class AA

School Record Pts Prv

1. Elizabethton (16) 16-0 186 1
2. McMinn Central (2) 15-1 160 2
3. Cannon County 17-2 144 3
4. Liberty Magnet 16-1 117 4
5. Obion County 20-3 102 5
6. Livingston Academy (1) 18-3 99 6
7. Polk County 12-3 58 7
8. Upperman 14-4 45 9
9. Dyersburg 17-4 35 8
10. Macon County 14-1 14 NR
Others receiving 12 or more points: Chuckey-Doak 13.

Class A

School Record Pts Prv

1. Moore County (5) 18-2 150 T1
2. Wayne County (2) 16-1 143 3
3. Lake County (7) 15-3 142 T1
4. Jackson County (2) 15-2 121 4
5. Scotts Hill (1) 16-0 106 5
6. Clarkrange (1) 13-3 92 7
7. Loretto 15-4 62 8
8. North Greene 13-5 44 6
9. Hampton (1) 13-5 26 NR
10. Madison Academic 14-6 23 10
Others receiving 12 or more points: Red Boiling Springs 21. Cloudland 13.

Division II

School Record Pts Prv

1. Girls Prep (13) 13-1 155 1
2. Baylor (2) 11-7 145 2
3. Knoxville Webb (1) 14-3 141 3
4. Brentwood Academy 9-4 97 5
5. Franklin Road Academy (1) 15-2 86 8
6. Fayette Academy 14-1 81 6
7. St. Benedict 16-2 76 4
8. Briarcrest 14-3 65 7
9. Harding Academy 9-5 29 9
10. Lausanne Collegiate (1) - 14 -
Others receiving 12 or more points: Pope John Paul II 13.

Girls Basketball Scores - January 17, 2011




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Girls Basketball Scores - January 16, 2011




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Monday, January 17, 2011

Hazelwood Central fades against White Station

For awhile Sunday, it looked like Hazelwood Central had a good shot to knock off one of the best teams in the state of Tennessee.

The Hawks led Memphis White Station, the No. 4 large school team in its state, 16-12 early in the second quarter of a MLK Girls Basketball Showcase game at North Tech. At that point, most in the stands likely thought Hazelwood Central was the superior team.

"After the first quarter, I thought that, too," said Hawks coach Wendy Reeves.

But then, as Reeves put it, her team just "fizzled." The Hawks quickly lost the lead thanks to a three-point play by Ashley Smalls and three- point baskets from Alicia Payne and Durriya Shields and the Spartans never trailed again en route to a 46-35 win.

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Webb City High School hurdled Memphis (Tenn.) Overton

Webb City High School hurdled Memphis (Tenn.) Overton 62-59 on Sunday in the Martin Luther King Jr. Girls Basketball Showcase at North County Tech.

Webb City improved to 14-2 with the win against the Wolverines (ranked No. 45 nationally by ESPN Rise).

The Cardinals received 21 points from Kaitlin Jaeger, 20 from Kyndal Clark (who sank six 3s) and 16 from Hailey Roderique.

Overton, which had won eight of its first 11 games this season, received 24 points from Cornelia Fondren and 16 from Cortrice Golden.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Girls Basketball Scores - January 14, 2011




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Briarcrest fends off Saint Benedict

The Briarcrest Christian's girls basketball team hung on by their fingernails to defeat host St. Benedict, 53-51, Friday night in a battle of two Dandy Dozen ranked teams.

"FingerNAIL," said a relieved Saints' coach Lee Smith said after his eighth-ranked Saints (14-3, 2-0) got the early jump in Division 2-AA on No. 5 SBA (16-2, 1-1).

Adrienne McKay, a 5-4 senior who has struggled with injuries and confidence much of her three seasons at Briarcrest, had a career-high 20 points, including all eight of the Saints' fourth-quarter points, and the winning free throws with 1.5 seconds left.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Starkitsha Luellen-Higgins Career Night

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Senior Starkitsha Luellen-Higgins (Melrose) made a significant contribution off the bench for Memphis, with a career-high eight points and five rebounds to her credit. Her rebounds and success in the paint helped get her teammates fired up and helped Memphis cut the double-digit deficit to nine at 59-50.

Unfortunately, the Memphis Tigers women's basketball team (13-4, 2-1 C-USA) had its 10-game winning streak snapped with a 60-55 loss to visiting UTEP (10-5, 2-1 C-USA) Thursday night, in the first Conference USA contest at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse this season. 

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Girls Basketball Scores - January 13, 2011




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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Powerade Fab 50 rankings - Week 6

Overton up 1 to 45. Central down 6 to 28.

Top 20
Rank School (City, State) Record Prev
1 Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.) 13-0 1
2 Polytechnic (Long Beach, Calif. 11-2 2
3 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 14-1 3
4 Neptune (Neptune, N.J.) 6-0 4
5 Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, Ill.) 11-2 5
6 Potter's House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) 19-1 6
7 Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) 16-0 7
8 Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) 15-0 8
9 St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.) 5-2 9
10 Monarch (Louisville, Colo.) 6-2 10
11 St. Mary's (Phoenix Ariz.) 13-1 11
12 Westbury Christian (Houston, Texas) 25-1 12
13 Start (Toledo, Ohio) 6-0 13
14 Lake Taylor (Norfolk, Va.) 13-0 14
15 St. John's (D.C.) 14-0 15
16 Buford (Buford, Ga.) 10-1 16
17 Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) 12-1 17
18 Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) 16-4 18
19 Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.) 11-2 19
20 North Little Rock (North Little Rock, Ark.) 15-0 23

Complete Powerade 50 Week 6 Ranking


Southeast Regional Ranking

1. Potter's House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) 19-1 (1)
2. Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) 16-0 (2)
3. Buford (Buford, Ga.) 10-1 (3)
4. Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) 12-1 (4)
5. Madison Academy (Madison, Ala.) 18-2 (5)
6. Spring Valley (Spring Valley, S.C.) 15-0 (6)
7. Butler (Matthews, N.C.) 14-0 (8)
8. Memphis Central (Memphis, Tenn.) 9-6 (7)
9. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 16-2 (9)
10. Sparkman (Harvest, Ala.) 19-1 (10)
11. Goose Creek (Goose Creek, S.C.) 15-2 (11)
12. Clarksville (Clarksville, Tenn.) 16-3 (12)
13. Hollywood Christian (Hollywood, Fla.) 18-1 (13)
14. Overton (Memphis, Tenn.) 11-3 (14)
15. Lake Mary (Lake Mary, Fla.) 15-2 (15)
16. Mount Juliet (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) 15-3 (16)
17. Redan (Stone Mountain, Ga.) 8-0 (17)
18. Fayette County (Fayetteville, Ga.) 10-5 (18)
19. Helen Cox (Harvey, La.) 18-3 (19)
20. New Albany (New Albany, Miss.) 14-2 (20)

Derrica Wiggins, Commercial Appeal Player of the Week

Derrica Wiggins, Oakhaven basketball: Wiggins, a 5-6 freshman, finished with 29 points in the Hawks’ 76-64 victory last Friday over Fairley. She added 19 in Oakhaven’s 66-28 victory Tuesday over Carver. Wiggins is leading the Memphis area in scoring at 24.18 points per game.

Girls Basketball Dandy Dozen - January 13, 2011

/ Record / Last Rank /

1. White Station / 15-1 / 1 /
2. Overton / 12-3 / 2 /
3. Central / 10-6 / 3 /
4. Ridgeway / 10-1 / 4 /
5. St. Benedict / 16-1 / 5 /
6. Cordova / 12-0 / 6 /
7. Arlington / 14-3 / 7 /
8. Briarcrest / 13-3 / 8 /
9. Craigmont / 10-3 / 9 /
10. Douglass / 11-1 / 10 /
11. Center Hill / 16-2 / 12 /
12. MHEA / 17-4 / NR /
Dropped Out: Whitehaven

District Standings

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

ST. LOUIS MLK PREVIEW

Central, Ridgeway, Overton and White Station will be heading to St. Louis to participate in Girl Powher Showcases St. Louis MLK event this Martin Luther King Holiday weekend.

STL High School Sports previews the event:

....Last year, Merritt's baby featured 10 teams and was a one-day event with just 10 teams involved. This year, he's expanded it to two days -- Sunday and Monday -- 11 games and 16 teams from Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio and Florida.

Merritt hopes the event, which will feature five teams ranked in ESPN's top 50 in the country, will make some money for his program......

.....The local headliner in the event is Incarnate Word Academy. The defending Class 5 champion Red Knights, who entered this week with a 11-2 record and with the top spot in the STLhighschoolsports.com large-schools rankings, are ranked No. 26 nationally by ESPN. IWA will face Memphis Ridgeway at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the final game of the two-day affair......

......Rolfes said he doesn't know a whole lot about his opponent in the event.

"I know they have one very good player who's going to Auburn," Rolfes said of 6-1 guard/forward Hasina Muhammad. "Besides that, I haven't watched them."

The 5 p.m. game Monday also will be a dandy, with national powers Potters House Christian of Florida (No. 6 in the nation) and Memphis Central (No. 22 nationally) doing battle.

In other games Monday, North Tech will take on East St. Louis at 11 a.m., Memphis White Station plays Career Academy at 12:30 p.m., Chicago Whitney Young (No. 19) plays Memphis Overton (No. 47) at 2 p.m., and Butlersville (Ohio) plays Metro at 3:30 p.m.

Sunday's schedule is as follows: Cahokia vs. Career Academy at noon, Memphis White Station vs. Hazelwood Central at 1:45 p.m., McCluer North vs Butlersville at 3:30 p.m.; Memphis Overton vs. Webb City (No. 1 in Missouri Class 5) at 5:15 p.m., and Memphis Ridgeway vs. Potters House at 7 p.m.

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Hasina Muhammad Top 5 SEC Recruit

Dan Olson is a former women's college basketball coach and longtime recruiting analyst. His subscription-based website, Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, is one of the most comprehensive in the industry. Each week, Olson will provide insight into past, current, and future SEC recruits.

This week, Olson highlights the top five SEC recruits from his top 100 list of the Class of 2011. Next week, we will examine the rest of the SEC recruits who made his top 100. (Note: The number before the player refers to Olson's ranking, followed by height, position, and school she has committed to.)

No. 3 — Ciera Burdick, 6-1, SF (Tennessee)
"She can do everything," Olson said. "She can handle the ball in transition and gives Tennessee one of those guard-forward type of players they have always had, and currently have, with size on the perimeter. She can beat you with a post-up game if you want to isolate her, or she can beat you deep. She is a great athlete who can get out in transition. She is a special player. She probably broke a lot of hearts in the state of North Carolina when she made her decision to go to Tennessee."


No. 4 — Krystal Forthan, 6-4, C (LSU)
"She can face up and shoot threes or jump over people (to score)," Olson said. "She hasn't even touched her potential yet. She could be a first-team All-SEC level kid for more than one year once she learns the game and figures it out and really refines her offensive and defensive skills. She is going to be a fun player to watch as time goes on in the SEC."

No. 9 — Ariel Massengale, 5-7, PG (Tennessee)
"She is a U.S. National team point guard," Olson said. "She and Cassie Peoples (Texas) are two of the best point guards in the country. She is a really smooth distributor of the ball, and you have to respect her deep or she will bury the jump shot. She should have an impact sooner than later in the SEC."

No. 49 — Hasina Muhammad, 6-0, SG (Auburn)
"She is a spider woman," said Olson, who agreed Muhammad compares to former Auburn All-American DeWanna Bonner. "She has a long, long thin frame. Her wingspan is like Ralph Sampson-ish. (Sampson was a 7-foot-4 center who played for the University of Virginia and went on to a career in the NBA, most notably with the Houston Rockets.) She is great off the dribble. She can bury a jump shot if you leave her be. She has superior size for her position with her length. She is tailor made for up-tempo, pressure basketball."

No. 50 — Bria Goss, 5-8, PG (Kentucky)
"She is a big guard who has versatility on the perimeter," Olson said. "She is a point guard who makes plays, runs the team, makes good decisions with and without the ball, and has great leadership qualities. The kid is a winner."

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Girls Basketball Stat Leaders

Here is the latest Statistical Leaders recently released from Gentry Statistical Services.

Top 20 Scorers
Player/School/Class/Games/Total/Average
1. DERRICA WIGGINS Oakhaven FR 13 311 23.92
2. KAYLAH KEYS Harding SO 11 254 23.09
3. BECCA WEHRMANN Rossville SR 10 213 21.30
4. TERESA MAYS Wooddale SO 11 216 19.64
5. BRINIKA SHEPHERD Westwood SR 8 154 19.25
6. PHIKALA ANTHONY Northside SO 13 248 19.08
7. HASINA MUHAMMAD Ridgeway SR 11 208 18.91
8. OLIVIA VANCE FACS SR 10 188 18.80
9. LAQUARIS HARRIS Washington SR 12 219 18.25
10. KAYLAN PUGH St. Mary's 8TH 6 107 17.83
11. DEMETRIUS BRADSHAW Mitchell SR 13 229 17.62
12. JANIECE JONES Kirby SR 15 259 17.27
13. TALEISHA FISHER Frayser JR 7 111 15.86
14. DANIELLE BALLARD Central JR 7 110 15.71
15. SYMONE DANIELS St. Benedict SR 16 247 15.44
16. KYEISHA VINSON Melrose SR 6 92 15.33
17. BRANDI JAMES Fairley SR 15 229 15.27
18. SHERMEKA LEWIS Oakhaven SR 13 198 15.23
19. TIARA CALDWELL Millington SO 14 213 15.21
20. SAMANTHA REEVES Fayette Academy JR 13 196 15.08

Top 5 Rebounders
 Player/School/Class/Games/Total/Average
1. GWENISHA KIRKLAND Westwood JR 6 80 13.33
2. DEMETRIUS BRADSHAW Mitchell SR 7 91 13.00
3. JANIECE JONES Kirby SR 14 167 11.93
4. AMBER TERRY Douglass SR 8 81 10.13
5. JASMINE MALONE Washington SR 13 128 9.85

Top 5 Assists
Player/School/Class/Games/Total/Average
1. PHIKALA ANTHONY Northside SO 14 74 5.29
2. ALEXANDRIA COLE Westwood JR 6 28 4.67
3. KEISHA ROBINSON Trezevant SR 11 50 4.55
4. DANIELLE BALLARD Central JR 6 24 4.00
5. ANDREA SHEPHERD Westwood JR 6 24 4.00

Girls Basketball Scores - January 11, 2011




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Monday, January 10, 2011

Tennessee AP Prep Girls Basketball Ranking

Associated Press Tennessee Girls Basketball Prep Poll

The Associated Press’ Top 10 teams as selected by Tennessee AP-member sportswriters and broadcasters. With first-place votes in parentheses, records through January 10, total points based on 10 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 10th-place vote:

Class AAA

School/ Record/ Pts

1. Riverdale (14) /16-0/ 140
2. Mt. Juliet /15-2/ 107
3. Wilson Central /12-0/ 95
4. White Station /14-1/ 85
5. Memphis Central /9-5/ 78
6. Walker Valley /12-1/ 68
7. Lawrence County /17-2/ 59
8. Clarksville /14-3/ 36
9. Jackson Northside /14-2/ 30
10. Bradley Central /12-4/ 12

Others receiving 12 or more points: None

Class AA


School/ Record/ Pts

1. Elizabethton (12) /14-0/ 136
2. McMinn Central (2) /15-1/ 121
3. Cannon County /16-2/ 101
4. Liberty Magnet /13-1/ 88
5. Obion County /18-3/ 77
6. Livingston Academy /17-3/ 56
7. Polk County /12-3/ 45
8. Dyersburg /15-4/ 38
9. Upperman /12-5/ 28
10. Bolivar Central /10-4/ 18

Others receiving 12 or more points: Macon County 13.

Class A

School/ Record/ Pts

T1. Lake County (4) /15-3/ 122
T1. Moore County (5) /16-2/ 122
3. Wayne County (1) /15-1/ 118
4. Jackson County (3) /14-2/ 89
5. Scotts Hill (1) /14-0/ 73
6. North Greene /13-4/ 71
7. Clarkrange /12-3/ 55
8. Loretto /14-4/ 46
9. Red Boiling Springs /18-2/ 39
10. Madison Academic /13-6/ 13

Others receiving 12 or more points: None

Division 2


School/ Record/ Pts

1. Girls Prep (8) /11-1/ 107
2. Baylor /11-6/ 83
3. Knoxville Webb (1) /13-1/ 73
4. St. Benedict /15-1/ 72
5. Brentwood Academy /9-4/ 63
6. Fayette Academy /13-1/ 57
7. Briarcrest /13-3/ 49
8. Franklin Road Academy (2) /15-2/ 35
9. Harding Academy /8-5/ 21
10. Pope John Paul II /8-3/ 12

Others receiving 12 or more points: None

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Girls Basketball Dandy Dozen - January 5, 2011

School/ Record / Last Ranking /

1. White Station / 11-1 / 3 /
2. Overton / 10-3 / 4 /
3. Central / 8-5 / 1 /
4. Ridgeway / 9-1 / 2 /
5. St. Benedict / 14-1 / 5 /
6. Cordova / 11-0 / 7 /
7. Arlington / 13-3 / 6 /
8. Briarcrest / 12-3 / 9 /
9. Craigmont / 10-3 / 8 /
10. Douglass / 7-0 / 10 /
11. Whitehaven / 11-3 / NR /
12. Center Hill / 15-2 / NR /

Memphis Home-school hoops on the rise



There was a time the Memphis-Area Home Education Association Lady Eagles had little trouble filling up their basketball schedule.

Opposing teams would hear about the Memphis-based home-school squad and have visions of easy W's dancing through their heads.

"It used to be real easy," said Lady Eagles coach Tracy Rice. "It's a lot harder now."

That's because over the last couple of seasons the Lady Eagles have been competitive with area private and public schools. Already this season, MHEA has split two games with a Briarcrest team that is ranked eighth in the Dandy Dozen, and has defeated Germantown and University School of Jackson.

The Lady Eagles, 15-4 entering Friday night, finished third in the G7 Hoopz Holiday Classic at Lausanne and lost in the final minute against seventh-ranked Arlington after leading for much of the game. Later this month they will take on No. 5 St. Benedict, a team they defeated last season.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Cortrice Golden impresses at Boo Williams-Ron Curry Holiday Classic

ESPN HoopGurlz's Lisa Bodine liked what she saw out of "Big Baby" over the holiday break. Check out what she had to say.

Cortrice Golden, Overton (Memphis, Tenn.): You can add Cortrice Golden to the list of next generation of post players that can operate outside of the paint. At the Boo Williams\Ron Curry Holiday Classic, she had fans drawing comparisons to Texas A&M star forward Danielle Adams with her combination of size, basketball skills and toughness. As a team Overton does an excellent job spacing the floor, which gives her plenty of room to operate offensively. Golden's ability to make plays away from the basket created all sorts of match up problems for the opponents post players, especially since she can penetrate off the dribble. She is deceptively athletic and very active defensively; she was able to keep the Bishop McNamara's (Forestville, Md.) interior players from getting comfortable position on the block. With Golden's versatility and inspired play, Overton should be a tough matchup for the rest of its season.

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Memphis Girls Basketball Fundamental Friday: 4 Techniques to Lift Confidence

During basketball season, players can go through periods of highs and lows. If you are at a low period right now, try one or two techniques from this video to help you.



Please post a comment on this blog and let me know what you think about confidence in girls basketball. Just scroll down to leave a comment. This should be your thoughts on what you heard in the video or other ways you have gotten your confidence back. I will be personally responding to the comments.

Patosha Jeffery, The Girls Basketball Trainer

Girls Basketball Scores - January 6, 2011




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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Powerade Fab 50 Week 5 Ranking

Central moves up 6 to #22. Overton's lost to #45 Oak Hill at the Ronald Curry Boo Williams event hurt them greatly. They dropped 23 spots to #47.

Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) stormed up from No. 40 to No. 7 on the strength of a dominating performance, including a victory over then-No. 6 Buford (Buford, Ga.) at the Peach State Invitational in Duluth, Ga.

According to Hoopgurlz, the defending Tennessee AAA champions, Riverdale, have one more important test before state playoffs begin Jan. 22 when Riverdale plays host to Memphis Central (Memphis, Tenn.). Though Niki Bray's Memphis Central squad has had a rough start to its season, it traveled all the way to Hawaii and played in the top bracket of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix. The team may not have the record to back up its early season ranking, but overlooking this talent-laden team would be a colossal mistake. And one Wild has no intention of letting his team commit.

Here is the Top 20:
Rank School (City, State) Record Prev
1 Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.) 11-0 1
2 Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) 11-2 2
3 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 12-1 3
4 Neptune (Neptune, N.J.) 3-0 5
5 Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, Ill.) 10-2 7
6 Potter's House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) 17-1 10
7 Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) 15-0 40
8 Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) 13-0 11
9 St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.) 4-2 12
10 Monarch (Louisville, Colo.) 5-2 13
11 St. Mary's (Phoenix, Ariz.) 11-1 14
12 Westbury Christian (Houston) 23-1 4
13 Start (Toledo, Ohio) 5-0 15
14 Lake Taylor (Norfolk, Va.) 10-0 16
15 St. John's (D.C.) 12-0 17
16 Buford (Buford, Ga.) 7-1 6
17 Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) 10-1 18
18 Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) 14-4 8
19 Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.) 9-2 9
20 Madison Academy (Madison, Ala.) 16-2 46

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Southeast Regional Rankings

1. Potter's House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) 17-1 (2)
2. Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) 15-0 (13)
3. Buford (Buford, Ga.) 7-1 (1)
4. Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) 10-1 (3)
5. Madison Academy (Madison, Ala.) 16-2 (15)
6. Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.) 13-0 (4)
7. Memphis Central (Memphis, Tenn.) 8-5 (9)
8. Butler (Matthews, N.C.) 12-0 (10)
9. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 15-2 (12)
10. Sparkman (Harvest, Ala.) 15-1 (8)
11. Goose Creek (Goose Creek, S.C.) 11-2 (5)
12. Clarksville (Clarksville, Tenn.) 14-3 (7)
13. Hollywood Christian (Hollywood, Fla.) 16-1 (NR)
14. Overton (Memphis, Tenn.) 10-3 (6)
15. Lake Mary (Lake Mary, Fla.) 15-2 (11)
16. Mount Juliet (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) 12-2 (20)
17. Redan (Stone Mountain, Ga.) 6-0 (17)
18. Fayette County (Fayetteville, Ga.) 8-3 (14)
19. Helen Cox (Harvey, La.) 17-3 (18)
20. New Albany (New Albany, Miss.) 12-2 (19)

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Girls Basketball Scores - January 5, 2011




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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Girls Basketball Statistics

Here is the Top 20 Scorers recently released from Gentry Statistical Services.

Player School Class Games Average
1.DERRICA WIGGINS Oakhaven FR 9 219 24.33
2.KAYLAH KEYS Harding SO 9 215 23.89
3.BECCA WEHRMANN Rossville SR 8 177 22.13
4.TERESA MAYS Wooddale SO 8 162 20.25
5.KAYLAN PUGH St. Mary's 8TH 5 100 20.00
6.BRINIKA SHEPHERD Westwood SR 7 137 19.57
7.HASINA MUHAMMAD Ridgeway SR 9 176 19.56
8.PHIKALA ANTHONY Northside SO 11 214 19.45
9.OLIVIA VANCE FACS SR 7 136 19.43
10.JANIECE JONES Kirby SR 13 224 17.23
11.LAQUARIS HARRIS Washington SR 10 171 17.10
12.TALEISHA FISHER Frayser JR 5 85 17.00
13.DEMETRIUS BRADSHAW Mitchell SR 9 152 16.89
14.BREANNA RIDGELL White Station SR 9 145 16.11
15.CORNELIA FONDREN Overton JR 5 80 16.00
16.SYMONE DANIELS St. Benedict SR 14 220 15.71
17.DANIELLE BALLARD Central JR 7 110 15.71
18.SAMANTHA REEVES Fayette Academy JR 11 172 15.64
19.LILLIE PITTMAN Trezevant SR 6 92 15.33
20.BRANDI JAMES Fairley SR 12 182 15.17

Ridgeway, Overton Round 1 Results

Overton (66) -- Cornelia Fondren 15, Cortrice Golden 18, Ebony Hayes 7, Kenesha Jackson 13, Megan McGoughy 4, Briana Neal 4, Jasmine Stafford 5.

Ridgeway (53) -- Jameka Barr 4, Tamara Bates 4, Shervonte Bright 10, Ashley Jackson 13, Hasina Muhammad 11, Odegua Oigbokie 11.

Overton / 20 / 16 / 20 / 10 / -- / 66 /

Ridgeway / 16 / 9 / 5 / 23 / -- / 53 /

Records -- Overton 10-3 (3-0, 15-AAA), Ridgeway 9-1 (2-1).

Girls Basketball Scores - January 4, 2011




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Center Hill girls down Lafayette in MHSAA 2-4A game

Center Hill junior guard Jasmine Golden never said whether or not she had Tuesday night’s crucial MHSAA Region 2-4A game against Lafayette circled on her calendar.

However, she can recall how long she has been talking about the Lady Mustangs’ meeting against the perennial power Lady Commodores.

“We talked about this game so much in practice, really since the summer,” Golden said. “I was thinking they were thinking they could come in and do the same thing to us they did last year. We had a chip on our shoulders from them beating us so badly last year.”

In arguably its toughest matchup in the program’s five-year history, Center Hill escaped with a 44-41 confidence-building victory against a visiting Lafayette squad that is ranked No. 5 in Mississippi by Maxpreps.com.

Golden, the team’s top scorer who entered Tuesday’s game averaging 16.8 points, was her usual reliable self, pouring in a game-high 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting to lead the No. 23-ranked Lady Mustangs (15-2, 3-1 in 2-4A).

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Games Scheduled for Today, January 4, 2011

Girls and boys, 6/7:30 p.m. -- Central at Mitchell, Hamilton at East, White Station at Whitehaven, Arlington at Bartlett, Bolton at Cordova, Raleigh-Egypt at Millington, Collierville at Germantown, Wooddale at Houston, Kirby at Southwind, Overton at Ridgeway, Kingsbury at Frayser, Manassas at Northside, Hillcrest at Washington, Fairley at Carver, Sheffield at Oakhaven, City University at MASE, Middle College at Westwood, MAHS at Douglass, Craigmont at Trezevant, Brighton at St. Benedict, ECS at Bishop Byrne, Lausanne at Catholic, Harding at FACS, Rossville at Fayette Academy, USJ at St. George's, TRA at Jackson Christian, Lafayette at Center Hill, Hernando at Horn Lake, Tunica Rosa Fort at Lewisburg, West Memphis at Forrest City, Marion at Paragould.

Girls only, 6 p.m. -- MHEA at Hutchsion, St. Mary's at SBEC.