|Briarcrest Christian School's Elise Holden bends over backwards in a scramble to get control of the ball as the undefeated Saints hosted the Father Ryan Irish during substate action Friday night.|
Twenty-eight down, two to go for the Briarcrest girls basketball team.
The Saints booked another trip to the Division 2-AA state tournament Friday and remained unbeaten, pulling away from the free-throw line late to defeat visiting Nasvhille Father Ryan Friday, 59-44.
The Saints got a huge effort from Jasmine Cincore, a Nebraska signee who will be attempting to win her second straight Miss Basketball title next week.
Settling down after her team started slowly, she scored 28 points, going 13 of 16 from the line. The Saints went 17 of 18 from the line in the fourth quarter to finally pull away from the pesky Irish (18-9).
“The thing about Father Ryan is ... they force you to play ugly,” said Saints coach Lee Smith. “(Cincore) was trying to do too much. I just told her to settle down, ‘let us play with you.’ ”
Said Cincore, “They’re scrappy. In the second half, we did a better job of finishing. (And) we felt like if we could control the boards, we’d control the game.”
Brynn Holden scored 12 for the Saints, and twin sister Elise Holden added 11.
Briarcrest will be joined at state next week by Northpoint, which advanced to the D2-A tournament for the second year in a row with a 47-44 victory over Franklin Road Academy.
Kimberlee Keltner had 21 points to lead the Trojans, who will take a 29-3 record into Thursday’s opener. Freshman Ashtyn Baker chipped in with 12 points.
“Kimberlee Keltner was a warrior,” said Trojans coach Barry Gray. “She’s was really strong with the ball in her hands. ... It was a great defensive struggle.
“They’ve been to the last four state title games, (but) I think we played as hard as we have all year. And our crowd was just unbelievable.”
Memphis’ other private school hopefuls saw their seasons end. In D2-A, Ezell-Harding defeated Harding, 48-34, despite 15 points from freshman Antoinette Lewis. University School of Nashville eliminated ECS, 59-35, and Knoxville Webb ended St. Mary’s season, 61-24.
In D2-AA, Harpeth Hall ousted St. Benedict, 58-33, and Ensworth defeated St. Agnes, 48-23.
Alexus Bryson and Breounna Humphrey each scored 15 points as Ridgeway (25-2) advanced to the semifinals with a 67-62 win over Central, which got a game-high 18 from Tia Wooten. ... Emanye Robertson scored 18 as White Station (21-7) pulled away late to beat Collierville, 63-49. ... Laka Blache scored 10 as Whitehaven edged Germantown, 48-47. Brittany Parmenter had 22 for the Red Devils ... Houston outscored Overton by eight in the fourth quarter to win, 45-41.
Charity Savage and Heaven Thompson had 12 points each to lead Bolton (19-8) into the semifinals, 52-38 over Brighton. ... Kierra Richardson scored 14 to lead Munford (18-12) past Bartlett, 50-34. ... Hardin County ended Arlington’s run, 41-37. Torrie Sewell had 13 to lead the Tigers and Raylin Starks had 12.
Morgan Morris had 23 points and Danielle Conley and Daja Scurlock added 15 apiece as Craigmont (23-6) downed Haywood, 78-70, to advance to the semis. ... Janeika Mason scored 21 to lead Covington to a 71-35 victory over Trezevant. ... Despite 30 points from Joslynn Basemore, Manassas (14-11) was eliminated by Jackson North Side, 73-58.
Despite 40 points from Derica Wiggins, Oakhaven was eliminated by Decatur Riverside, 62-54.
Horn Lake (24-1) won the Region 1-6A championship, getting 21 points from Olivia Cunningham to defeat Olive Branch, 72-43 ... Clarksdale won the 1-5A crown, beating Center Hill 47-40 despite 20 from Kiara Golden.