Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Baylor wins Memphis NCAA Region

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Baylor's youth nearly cost the Lady Bears a trip to Final Four, and ended up saving the day.

Phenomenal freshman Brittney Griner caught a pass, spun around and hit a short jumper with 45 seconds left to propel fourth-seeded Baylor to a 51-48 win over No. 2 seed Duke on Monday night for its second trip ever to the Final Four.

Click here for complete ESPN article and video highlights

Patosha Jefffery Interviewed by Acrylic Sports

I was recently interviewed by Acrylic Sports. Here is part of the interview:

What is Patosha Jeffery Basketball? Patosha Jeffery Basketball is more than a business but a passion. It’s my passion to give back to young ladies involved in basketball. I host training sessions, camps, and tournaments teaching the fundamentals of the game and helping the young ladies market their skills to college coaches and recruiters. My main website is www.GirlsBasketballTrainer.com.

How did you get started in this business? I’ve been involved in basketball since I was in elementary school which eventually lead to playing on my junior high, high school and college teams. When I got to college, I decided that I had to teach players what I was learning on the college level. I felt if I could give them the knowledge that I was getting, how much more advanced they would be.

How long have you been with coaching basketball?
I started out coaching around 2002. But my heart has always been into training and teaching the fundamentals of the game. So I stopped coaching in 2006 and started hosting shooting clinics and training sessions in 2007.

Click here for the entire interview

2010 McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Games

The 2010 McDonald's All-American activities kicked off yesterday in Columbus, OH.

Here is the the Girls Basketball Rosters.

Alicia DeVaughn, Ely (Pompano Beach, Fla.); Stefanie Dolson, Minisink Valley (Slate Hill, N.Y.); Bria Hartley, North Babylon, N.Y.; Kaneisha Horn, Ramsay (Birmingham, Ala.); Natasha Howard, Waite (Toledo, Ohio); Maggie Lucas, Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, Pa.); Kayla McBride, Villa Maria (Erie, Pa.); Laurin Mincy, University (Newark); Jennifer O'Neill, St. Michael Academy (New York); Haley Peters, Peddie School (Hightstown, N.J.); Ronika Ransford, H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.); Samarie Walker, Chaminade-Julienne (Dayton, Ohio).

West Team
Aaryn Ellenberg, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas); Karla Gilbert, Consolidated (College Station, Texas); Chelsea Gray, Saint Mary's (Stockton, Calif.); Richa Jackson, Midwest City, Okla.; Afure Jemerigbe, Saint Mary's (Stockton, Calif.); Tiffany Moore, Frisco, Texas; Chiney Ogwumike, Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas); Theresa Plaisance, Vandebilt Catholic (Houma, La.); Lindsay Sherbert, Great Oak (Temecula, Calif.); Meighan Simmons, Byron P. Steele II (Cibolo, Texas); Odyssey Sims, Irving (Texas) MacArthur; Madison Williams, Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.).

Monday, March 29, 2010

2010 Parade Girls Basketball All America Team

Parade released their 2010 Girls Basketball All America teams on March 28. Here is the first team

Name High School City, State Ht.

Chelsea Gray St. Mary’s Stockton, Calif. 5'11"
Chiney Ogwumike Cy-Fair Cypress, Tex. 6'3"
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis Mater Dei Santa Ana, Calif. 6'1"
Odyssey Sims MacArthur Irving, Tex. 5'8"
Natasha Howard Waite Toledo, Ohio 6'3"
Elizabeth Williams Princess Anne Virginia Beach, Va. 6'3"
Richa Jackson Midwest City Midwest City, Okla. 6'1"
Shoni Schimmel Franklin Portland, Ore. 5'9"
Bria Hartley North Babylon North Babylon, N.Y. 5'10"
Alyssa Thomas Central Dauphin Harrisburg, Pa. 6'1"

Click here for all Parade All-America Teams

Duke vs Baylor Memphis Region Preview

from Commercial Appeal

No. 2 Duke vs. No. 4 Baylor

Time: 6 p.m., FedExForum

Records: Baylor 26-9, Duke 30-5

Starting lineups:

Duke -- F Joy Cheek (10 ppg, 5.9 rpg), F Bridgette Mitchell (8.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg), C Krystal Thomas (7.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg), G Keturah Jackson (5.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg), G Jasmine Thomas (16 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.1 apg)

Baylor -- G Kelli Griffin (7.9 ppg, 5.2 apg), G Shanay Washington (7.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg), G Melissa Jones (10.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg), F Morghan Medlock (9.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg), Brittney Griner (18.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 6.2 blocks)

The buzz: This is the first meeting between the two teams. Baylor is looking for a return trip the Final Four, where it won the 2005 national championship, defeating Michigan State, which at the time was coached by Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie. The Blue Devils are playing in their eighth regional final in the past 13 seasons. Both squads are among the nation's top rebounding teams with Duke out-rebounding its foes by an average of 9.1 and Baylor out-rebounding opponents by 8 a game. Baylor 6-8 freshman Brittney Griner has blocked 24 shots in her last two games.

Quotable: "Obviously, she poses a different challenge because of her height. But with the schedule we've played, I've played against some of the best posts in the country. It's just another opponent, another game, another day." -- Duke center Krystal Thomas on facing Griner.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Commercial Appeal Final Dandy Dozen Ranking

School / Record / Preseason Rank /

1. Central / 27-4 / 1 /
2. Horn Lake / 30-3 / 3 /
3. Overton / 30-4 / 2 /
4. Millington / 33-3 / 5 /
5. White Station / 23-10 / 9 /
6. Ridgeway / 22-7 / 4 /
7. Fairley / 30-4 / 12 /
8. Briarcrest / 23-6 / 10 /
9. St. Benedict / 25-6 / 7 /
10. Harding / 27-5 / NR /
11. Arlington / 24-8 / 8 /
12. Manassas / 25-6 / NR /

Friday, March 26, 2010

popoTV: 2010 NCAA Memphis Region Sneak Peek

I was there..

I rode down to the FedEx Forum to get a peek at Baylor, Tennessee, and San Diego State..

Brittney Griner was dunking left and right. Tennessee's team looked huge and very orange-like.. And San Diego State's shooters were getting ready for tomorrow's match.

Check it out.

Basketball Season is Back

This weekend kicks off the Spring season.

In Memphis, MAYB will be hosting their MAYB/MEMPHIS,TN-III" TOURNAMENT.

The high school division will feature Memphis Select and Team Idlewild Fury.

Click here for the schedule

Memphis Elite Daniels, Little and Memphis Magic squads will be heading to Kossuth, MS for the Inaugural Battle of the Best to play against MS Hoop Dreams, Lady Tigers, and NE MS Indians

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Memphis Unsigned Seniors

Senior Girls Basketball players in the Memphis and Mid South area it may not be too late to play college basketball.

Email popo@girlsbasketballtrainer.com the following information:

3)Telephone number/Email address
5)ACT/SAT Scores
6)Position and 2009/2010 Statistics
7)High School
8)High School Coach Name and Contact Info
9)AAU/Travel Team
10)AAU/Travel Team Coach Name and Contact Info

Please get this information to me by April 1st. Coaches are contacting me asking who is still available.

Players, Coaches, Parents please pass this information on to others.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

2010 NCAA Womens - Memphis Region Update


It is set for the NCAA Womens Memphis Region at the FedEx Forum.

Friday's open public practices: Baylor, noon-1 p.m.; Tennessee, 1:05-2:05 p.m.; San Diego State, 2:10-3:10 p.m.; Duke, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Saturday's Game Time
Tennessee vs Baylor 11:00am
San Diego State vs Duke approx. 1:30pm

Other NCAA News

#7 Mississippi State upsets #2 Ohio State to reach Sweet 16

Memphis Lady Tigers in Final Four

While the Memphis Men's Basketball team season is over, the Memphis Lady Tigers are still in the hunt for a post season championship. They have reached the final four of the inaugural Womens Basketball Invitational.

The Lady Tigers will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christ Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

In Other Tournament News

Union (Tenn.) University claimed its second consecutive NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship with a 73-65 victory over Azusa Pacific (Calif.).

Sunday, March 21, 2010

2010 NCAA Womens Tournament Scores

Click here for latest scores

Lauren Avant Interview

image from SoSportz

Recently SoSportz caught up with Lausanne's Lauren Avant for an interview.

Check out some of the interview:

How do you feel about being a future Lady Volunteer?
I honestly can't wait to get up there. I feel like it's been forever since I've committed, and I can't wait to get up there to play. I was born a Lady Vol; it's always been my dream school and pretty much the only school so I plan on making the best of this opportunity.

How was the recruiting process?
The recruiting process was hectic. It started in like 8th grade; my AAU coach was my stepfather, so they could contact us legally. Then I started getting contacted illegally, and NCAA ended up checking my phone bill monthly. They came to my house and investigated. It was crazy, and that's part of the reason it ended so early. It's really hard getting to know all of these coaches and realizing how they're just great people, then choosing another school. The recruiting process is just stressing.

Click here for more of the interview

Thursday, March 18, 2010

ESPN Hoopgurlz liked Danielle Ballard, Nina Davis at State

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Central's Danielle Ballard

Well, the TSSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament didn't go to well for Central and Overton. As you know both squads were knocked out in the semi-final.

However, ESPN Hoopgurlz, Mark Lewis, felt Central sophomore, Danielle Ballard, and freshman, Nina Davis', performance were amongst the top.

Danielle Ballard: One thing any recruiter or evaluator likes to see, especially in an elite prospect, is the continued improvement and maturation of that player's game and demeanor. Ballard is an extraordinary talent and certainly no secret but at the same time she's had moments where she's been her own worst enemy on the court. The 5-8 point guard evolved as a sophomore and established herself as one of the premier point guards nationwide in any class. Her command and control of the ball, her team and her emotions is starting to equate itself with the possibilities everyone has seen over the last two seasons. Her speed and strength give her the ability to create off the dribble in the face of any defender. Acceleration, penetration and elevation may sound like some poorly written hip hop lyrics but they define Ballard. Consistency from the perimeter is a must to keep opponents closing out on her. In two tournament games she averaged 15 points and a point guard impressive 14.5 rebounds. Turnovers are more of an issue than they need to be but very correctable if she continues to focus.

Nina Davis: It's hard to talk about the freshman class in Tennessee and not include the 5-9 combo guard from Memphis Central. Just like her sophomore teammate Danielle Ballard, it's been a season of progress and advancement in her game. She's constantly pushing the ball in transition and has the ability to play at speed and still make good choices most of the time. Physically she's beginning to fill out and the addition of size and strength to her frame can't be good news for opponents. Her attack and one on one skills get her into the paint and her floater is becoming more and more of a reliable weapon. The perimeter threat is still a work in progress but even at the line it's obvious she's working at it. Defensively she's aggressive and active on ball which puts her in a great position to dictate to ballhandlers. Her two game averages were 15.5 points per game on 55 percent from the floor and 7.5 rebounds.

Click here for the complete Hoopgurlz article

Girls Basketball Spring Break Camp 2010 - Memphis, TN

It is Spring Break season for the Memphis area.

It would be the perfect time to host a 3-5 day Spring Break Camp to get you ready for the upcoming AAU/Travel/MAM League/Spring League seasons, especially since I am the Girls Basketball Trainer. Unfortunately, I'm not hosting a 3-5 day camp.

But I do have 2 options for you....

Saturday, April 3, 2010
6th-12th Graders
Only 20 spots available!!!!
Email: popo@girlsbasketballtrainer.com for more info

Spring Break Workout 2010

Downloadable general workout program designed by me, Patosha Jeffery, to help you transition from your school season into the spring season.
Get it here

NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship - Jackson, TN

I am embarrassed!! How in the world do we have a National Championship in our backyard and I not know about it.

I received a very informative phone call today educating me on this event right up the road in Jackson, TN. I even learned that Union University which is also in Jackson, TN and the school former Millington standout, LaTesa McLaughlin, will be attending, is the number 1 ranked team in NAIA. But not only that, there are 6 total Tennessee teams ranked in the NAIA Top 25 as of the February 22, 2010 release: (1-Union University, 9-Lee University, 13-Freed-Hardeman University, 17-Treveccaa Nazarene University, 20-Bethel University, 24-Lambuth University) ------Thanks, Coach (Smile!)

30th Annual NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship
March 17-23, 2010
Oman Arena
Jackson, TN
32-Team single elimination tournament

The Championship final will be televised live nationally on CBS College Sports Televison with tip-off 9:00pm CDT.

Click here for more information

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Highest Paid College Basketball Coaches

I was checking out one of my favorite websites, Forbes.com. Yes, I read Forbes. If you don't know what Forbes is, it is one of the leading business magazines well-known for its lists, including its lists of the richest Americans (the Forbes 400) and its list of billionaires..

I found an article on the Highest Paid College Basketball Coaches. After reading the article, I had to see where Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma ranked.. This is what I came up with.

1. John Calipari, Kentucky, $4 million
2. Billy Donovan, Florida, $3.3 million
3. Bill Self, Kansas, $3 million
4. Thad Matta, Ohio State, $2.5 million
5. Rick Pitino, Louisville, $2.25 million
6. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke, $2.2 million
7. Rick Barnes, Texas, $2 million
8. Roy Williams, North Carolina, $2 million
9. Bob Huggins, West Virginia, $2 million
10. Ben Howland, UCLA, $2 million....................

xx. Geno Auriemma, Connecticut, $1.4 million
xx. Pat Summitt, Tennessee, $1.4 million

Pat Summitt, Lady Vols Spotlight

In this video, Pat Summitt discusses being a number 1 seed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, how much the Tennessee Lady Vols have worked after being knocked out of the first round of the 2009 NCAA tournament, sophomore, Glory Johnson and more

Memphis Lady Tigers in Women's Basketball Invitational

The University of Memphis women's basketball team is returning to the post season. The Tigers have accepted a bid in to the Inaugural Women's Basketball Invitational and will host UMKC in the opening round, Thursday, Mar. 18th at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.

The Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) is a 16-team, single elimination tournament that was created this season to address additional post-season opportunities for women's college teams who did not make the NCAA tournament field.

WBI Bracket

Other Womens College Basketball News

Maryland, Syracuse, Illinois and Arizona State highlight the Women's National Invitational tournament field, which expanded to 64 teams for the first time this year.

The WNIT awarded automatic bids to each of the nation's 31 conferences, giving the spot to the highest finisher in the regular-season conference standings that isn't going to the NCAA tournament.

WNIT Bracket

Monday, March 15, 2010

2010 NCAA Womens Tournament - Memphis Region

The NCAA Womens bracket is out. And as usual, I am SUPER EXCITED!!

The last time I attended a NCAA tournament game, I was playing in it. We traveled to Austin, Texas and played against Notre Dame. We lost, but it was a great experience. Not to many individuals can say they played in the NCAA tournament.

The next best thing to playing in the tournament is witnessing it. And we have the opportunity in Memphis to host the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds at the FedEx Forum. WOW!!!!!!!

I will be there and guess who may be coming.

Pat Summitt and the Tennessee Lady Vols.
Baylor and Freshman Dunking Sensation Brittney Griner
ACC champion Duke Blue Devils

Click here for Ticket information

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Television Coverage of State Championship Games

Watch Online Live

Nashville - WUXP (MyTV30)
Chattanooga - WFLI (CW Chattanooga)
Knoxville - WVLT-2 (MyVLT)
Tri-Cities - WAPK (MyWAPK)
Memphis - Comcast Cable
Jackson - JEA Cable

A Score:
Jackson County 46
Moore County 31

Estimated Game Times:
AA: 4:00pm
AAA: 6:00pm

Friday, March 12, 2010

Commercial Appeal's Recaps of Central, Overton State Semi Final Games

Overton Falls to Murfreesboro Riverdale

Central cools off in Overtime lose to Morristown West

Memphis Girls Basketball Fundamental Friday: Attitude

Have you ever heard the saying "Your Attitude determines Your Altitude".

The way you think about situations in basketball will determine how far you will get in your basketball career.

In this video, I explain how coaches determine who will get in the game during certain situations. I also talk about my philosophy of how great players become great (Next Top Baller).

Overton, Central State Semi-Final Game Times

Overton vs Riverdale @ 4:00pm

Central vs Morristown West @ 5:30pm

Get Live Stats here during game time
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Central's sophomore Jalen O'Bannon battles for the rebound

Central's sophomore Danielle Ballard scrapping for the ball

Seven freshmen and sophomores make up the bulk of Central’s girls basketball roster. The Lady Warriors haven’t played like a team of underclassmen.

Central, which finished Class AAA runner-up a year ago, beat Clarksville, 55-50, on Thursday night at Murphy Center in the Class AAA state quarterfinals.

Central (27-3), will play top-ranked Morristown West (33-1) at 5:30 p.m. today in the Class AAA state semifinals. Neither Central nor Morristown West has lost to an in-state opponent this season.

Click here for the complete Commercial Appeal article

Central (55) -- Danielle Ballard 18, Michella Carter 6, Nina Davis 14, Malaika Moore 3, Jalen O'Bannon 6, Aaliyah Whiteside 8.

Clarksville (50) -- Parr 2, Cooper 5, Graves 18, Ward 4, Gray 11, McWilliams 2, Nicholson 8.

Central / 12 / 14 / 14 / 15 / -- / 55 /

Clarksville / 10 / 13 / 15 / 12 / -- / 50 /

Records -- Central 26-3, Clarksville 30-4.

Overton knocks out Oak Ridge 47-42 in Class AAA quarterfinals

images from Commercial Appeal
Overton sophomore Cortrice Golden taken the jumper

Overton senior Jasmine Robinson falls as she scrambles for a loose ball

Overton guard Jasmine Robinson took a shot to the mouth Thursday afternoon late in her team’s Class AAA state quarterfinal with Oak Ridge.

Robinson simply put her jersey over her mouth. The Alabama signee was used to the scrappy play.

Robinson scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Lady Wolverines to a 47-42 win over Oak Ridge in their TSSAA Class AAA state quarterfinal at Murphy Center. It marks the second consecutive season that Overton has reached the state semifinals.

Click here for complete Commercial Appeal Story

Oak Ridge (42) — Dequesha McClanahan 9, Jazzmin Hazzard 13, Armeka Booker 20.

Overton (47) — Lakeria Crowder 7, Cortrice Golden 10, Jackeya Mitchell 4, Jasmine Robinson 18, Karisma Tyson 3, Orlandria Williams 5.

Oak Ridge / 15 / 4 / 9 / 14 / — / 42 /

Overton / 11 / 15 / 7 / 14 / — / 47 /

Records — Oak Ridge 28-6, Overton 30-3.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Central, Overton girls vie for Class AAA title


Central defeats Clarksville 55-50

Danielle Ballard with 20 points 16 rebounds and Nina Davis 14 points 8 rebounds

Overton defeats Oak Ridge 47-42 in first round of play.

Jasmine Robinson with 18 points and Cortrice Golden with 10 points.

Jasmine Robinson's 18 points led Overton to a 47-42 win over Oak Ridge in today's Class AAA state girls quarterfinal game at the Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

Overton trailed 15-8 near the end of the first quarter, but Marshall signee Orlandria Williams hit a 3-pointer as the quarter expired to cut Oak Ridge's lead to 15-11. The Lady Wolverines then scored the first eight points of the quarter to take a 19-15 lead. Oak Ridge answered with four points to tie the game at 19, before Overton scored the final seven points of the quarter to grab a 26-19 halftime lead.

Overton led the entire second half, but Oak Ridge did close within one point at 43-42, with 1:09 left in the game. But, Williams hit a jumped shot with 53 seconds left and Jackeya Mitchell added two free throws with 22 seconds remaining to send the Lady Wolverines into Friday's semifinal round against Murfreesboro Riverdale.


A year ago, a Central team with three Division 1 signees and two talented freshmen came within a last-second shot by Nashville Hillsboro of winning its first girls state title since 1922.

This year, the safety net that Erica Burgess, Jasmine Taylor and provided is gone, and the Warriors' fate is firmly on the shoulders of sophomores Danielle Ballard and Aaliyah Whiteside and freshman point guard Jamila AjanakuNina Davis.

Meanwhile, Overton is led once again by a marquee player -- Alabama-bound senior Jasmine Robinson -- and most of the same supporting cast from a team that lost to Hillsboro by 10 in the semifinals last season.

Click here for complete Commercial Appeal story

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

2010 NCAA Women's Basketball Regional in Memphis

Tickets are on sale now for the 2010 NCAA Women's Basketball Memphis Regional hosted by the University of Memphis on March 27 & 29th at FedExForum. Three games will be played as part of the NCAA tournament, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Women's Final Four in San Antonio.

Ticket packages, covering all three games of the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight, are $53 and every person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter FedExForum. Game times are 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, March 27, and 6 p.m. on Monday, March 29. There will be an open practice day for fans to watch the four teams practice on Friday, March 26, from 12 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Admission is free on Friday for the open practices.

Adult single session tickets are available for $27. Group tickets (minimum of 15 people) can be purchased for $10 per person for a single session or $18 per person for both sessions. Tickets may be purchased by money order, MasterCard, Visa or Discover through the FedExForum box office at 901-205-2643 or in person from 10 a.m. - 5:30 pm, Monday - Friday.

Monday, March 8, 2010

TSSAA State First Round Matchups


At Murphy Center, Murfreesboro

First-round pairings


Thursday, March 11

Memphis Overton vs. Oak Ridge, 1 p.m.

Riverdale vs. Mt. Juliet, 2:30 p.m.

Morristown West vs. Walker Valley, 4 p.m.

Memphis Central vs. Clarksville, 5:30 p.m.


Wednesday, March 10

Christ Presbyterian Academy vs. Gibson County, 4 p.m.

Polk County vs. South Greene, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 11

Lewis County vs. Westview

Greeneville vs. McMinn Central


Wednesday, March 10

North Greene vs. Middleton, 10 a.m.

Jackson County vs. Coalfield, 11:30 a.m.

CSAS vs. Scotts Hill, 1 p.m.

Moore County vs. Wayne County, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

2010 Tournament Highlights and Photos

Manassas vs Hillcrest

Overton vs White Station

More Division 2 State Championship Photos

More Millington Central Region 7 Champions Photos

More Division 2 Semi- Final Photos

Sectional & Divison 2 State Box Scores

Manassas (44) -- Jamie Bond 2, Felicia Johnson 7, Denise Johnson 1, Tiffany Jones 4, Cratisha Jones 15, Desiree Phillips 1, Jamille Reed 2, Victoria White 12.

Gibson Co. (98) -- Heather Butler 39, Heather Griffin 21, Courtney Haynes 15, Chelsea Joyce 2, Megan Porter 2, Aubry Reedy 8, Tori Reedy 2, Kelly Tyree 2, Jasmine Whittemore 2, White 5.

Manassas / 7 / 10 / 11 / 16 / -- / 44 /

Gibson Co. / 24 / 30 / 25 / 19 / -- / 98 /

Records -- Manassas 24-6, Gibson Co. 32-1.

Jackson Northside (56) -- Jessica Cobb 7, Victoria Douglas 3, Jalita Fason 10, Alex Hill 16, Brendi Stokes 10, Monica Womack 10.

Central (59) -- Danielle Ballard 22, Darianne Butler 2, Michella Carter 2, Nina Davis 15, Finesse James 3, Jalen O'Bannon 3, Aaliyah Whiteside 12.

Jackson Northside / 19 / 14 / 17 / 6 / -- / 56 /

Central / 13 / 20 / 20 / 6 / -- / 59 /

Records -- Jackson Northside 26-2, Central 25-3.



Harding (52) -- Alex Black 19, Ki'ana Christy 1, Kaylah Keys 22, Alle Logan 10.

Franklin Road Academy (43) -- Mariah Canady 11, Katie Coben 5, Erin Ford 4, Erica Haselton 2, Christine Matthews 2, Abby Wharton 10, Derica Wyatt 9.

Harding / 12 / 10 / 16 / 14 / -- / 52 /

Franklin Road Aca. / 17 / 13 / 4 / 9 / -- / 43 /

Records -- Harding 27-6, Franklin Road Academy 26-5.



Briarcrest (40) -- Dakota Doss 5, Emoni Harvey 3, Amy Metcalfe 15, Anne Panagon 6, Robyn Peete 4, Taylor Pugh 7.

Ensworth (57) -- Jamie Allsmiller 11, Brandi Byner 3, Kyara Byner 8, Marie Carpenter 18, Christina Slay 15, Justice Sweet 2.

Briarcrest / 7 / 11 / 13 / 9 / -- / 40 /

Ensworth / 10 / 14 / 18 / 15 / -- / 57 /

Records -- Briarcrest 23-6, Ensworth 25-4.

Commercial Appeals' Sectional Recaps

Overton 51, Millington 49

Jasmine Robinson got enough spark from her Overton teammates to ignite her offense. And just enough defensive help to stop Millington star senior Jasmine Newsome in time for a 51-49 Class AAA sectional victory Saturday at Millington.

"She's (Newsome) a beast when she gets going, and we had to rotate and get people on her," said Robinson, who had 17 of her 26 points in the second half -- including her team's last 10 in the final period. "But today we showed again, that this team isn't about just me."

It was the second straight year the Region 8 runner-up Wolverines (29-3) scored a road sectional victory over the Region 7 champion Trojans (33-3).

"This time we're coming home with the (golden) ball," said Alabama signee Robinson, whose team lost in the state semifinals last year to eventual champion Nashville Hillsboro.

Senior forward Orlandria Williams stepped up with 10 of her 12 points in the third period, and Robinson scored Overton's other seven to close a 31-22 halftime gap to 42-39.

"That forced them to think about other people, and that created space for me," Robinson said.

The Wolverines shut out Millington for the first 5 1/2 minutes of the final quarter to take a 49-42 lead on eight straight Robinson points.

Robinson added two free throws with 1:15 left to make it 51-46, countering back-to-back baskets by Millington sophomore Jasmine Prophet. But Newsome, a UT-Martin signee, stepped up with a driving off-balance basket and a foul with 36 seconds left. She hit the free throw, cutting the deficit to two and giving her 25 for the game.

Overton missed two one-and-one free throw tries -- the last by Robinson with 12.7 seconds left. But Robinson stole a Newsome pass in the lane to snuff out one Millington possession. And with three seconds left, Newsome threw a wild pass that effectively killed any attempt at a final shot.

"It hurts, because we had such a good season," said Millington coach Stan Gatlin, whose team reached the 2008 state final. "But we started watching, instead of executing, and made some bad decisions."

Central 59, Jackson North Side 56: The Lady Warriors trailed the Lady Indians, 19-13, after one quarter of play in Saturday's Class AAA sectional at Central, but rallied to win behind 22 points from sophomore Danielle Ballard.

Central (25-3) earned a spot in this week's state tournament in Murfreesboro. The Lady Warriors were the 2009 state runners-up.

Freshman Nina Davis added 15 and sophomore Aaliyah Whiteside chipped in with 12.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sectional Scores

Gibson County 98, Manassas 44

Westview 64, Fairley 59

Overton 51, Millington 49

Central 59 Jackson Northside 56

Harding Academy wins first State Title

image from Commercial Appeal

Harding Academy's Ashley Rush, center, embraces teammate Christina Brown after winning the state championship game in Nashville Saturday.

Harding Academy senior Alex Black couldn’t find the words to describe the feeling of winning a girls basketball state championship.

The Lady Lions came back from a 12-point deficit to beat Franklin Road Academy 52-43 for the Division 2-A state championship Saturday afternoon at Lipscomb University.

Click here for complete Commercial Appeal story

Division 2-AA State Semi- Final Scores


Pope John Paul II (45) -- Baechie 20, Mosby 5, Hammer 5, Hinson 5, Pell 6, Galvin 4.

Briarcrest (54) -- Dakota Doss 4, Emoni Harvey 8, Amy Metcalfe 11, Anne Panagon 14, Robyn Peete 5, Taylor Pugh 12.

Pope John Paul II / 7 / 11 / 14 / 13 / -- / 45 /

Briarcrest / 18 / 8 / 14 / 14 / -- / 54 /

St. Benedict (51) -- Nikki Benedetti 12, Kayley Coggin 2, Symone Daniels 16, Allison Hotz 6, Madison Luckett 2, Elaina McCracken 2, Ariel Revere 7, Allison Siano 4.

Ensworth (71) -- Jamie Allsmiller 15, Brandi Byner 1, Kyara Byner 8, Marie Carpenter 16, Paige Parker 10, Christina Slay 13, Justice Sweet 3, Blaire Smith 2, Mandy Williams 3.

St. Benedict / 4 / 11 / 11 / 25 / -- / 51 /

Ensworth / 21 / 14 / 23 / 13 / -- / 71 /

Briarcrest wins, St. Benedict falls in D2-AA semifinals

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Anne Panagon slips past the defense of PJPII's Ashley Hammer during the Division 2 semi-finals game

The four-time state-champion Lady Saints will play today in their first state title game since 2006 following their 54-45 D2-AA state semifinal victory over Hendersonville Pope John Paul II on Friday at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.

Briarcrest (23-5) will take on Nashville Ensworth, a 71-51 semifinal winner over St. Benedict, in today’s 3 p.m. D2-AA girls final.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Division 2 State Tournament Update

Ensworth 71 St. Benedict 51 Final

Symone Daniels finishes with 16 and six rebounds to lead St. Benedict.

Briarcrest 54 Pope John Paul II 45

Briarcrest (23-5) will take on Nashville Ensworth in Saturday's 3 p.m. D2-AA girls title game.


All games Saturday, March 6


Maryville at Morristown

Jefferson County at Oak Ridge

Blackman at Walker Valley

Cleveland at Riverdale

Glencliff at Mt. Juliet

Clarksville at Hillsboro

Memphis Overton at Millington @ 3:00pm

Jackson North Side at Memphis Central


Austin East at South Greene

Greeneville at CAK

Upperman at Polk County

McMinn Central at Cannon County

Camden Central at Christ Presbyterian

Macon County at Lewis County

Manassas at Gibson County

Westview at Fairley


Wartburg Central at North Greene

Hampton at Coalfield

Red Boiling Spring at Chatt. Arts & Sciences

Marion County at Jackson County

Summertown at Moore County

Middle TN Christian at Wayne County

Middleton at Gleason

Hunboldt at Scotts Hill

Alex Black steals the win for Harding girls in D2-A state semifinals

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Harding Academy's Alex Black grabs a steal from DCA's Julia Johnson at the end of the Division 2-A semifinals game.

Knotted at 56-all with less than 20 seconds to play in the teams’ Division 2-A girls state semifinal at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena, Nashville Donelson Christian Academy wanted to call a timeout to set up a potential game-winning play against Harding Academy.

But Harding senior Alex Black spoiled the Lady Wildcats’ plan and their season, coming up with a steal near midcourt and converting the game-winning layup with 16 seconds left to catapult the Lady Lions to their first state-title game in school history with a 58-56 semifinal victory.

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Girls Basketball State Scores


Donelson Christian (56) -- Loftis 27, Johnson 12, Bates 15, Bodiford 2.

Harding (58) -- Alex Black 14, Christina Brown 15, Ki'ana Christy 4, Kaylah Keys 14, Alle Logan 2, Ashley Rush 9.

Donelson Christian / 11 / 14 / 20 / 11 / -- / 56 /

Harding / 11 / 18 / 11 / 18 / -- / 58 /

Records -- Donelson Christian 20-10, Harding 26-6.


Central Christian (41) -- Hollander 4, Henry 2, Taylor 5, Ramsey 7, Brewer 11, Cox 12.

FCA Nighthawks (53) -- Catherine Brinley 3, Shaney Cunningham 11, Lauren Hoyle 11, Becca Luebbe 4, Anna Matheny 8, Hannah Perkins 15, Regan Perkins 1.

Central Christian / 5 / 8 / 13 / 15 / -- / 41 /

FCA Nighthawks / 16 / 11 / 4 / 22 / -- / 53 /

Records -- FCA Nighthawks 17-15.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Division 2 State Tournament Preview

update Harding Academy 58, Donelson Christian Academy 56 will play in state championship game, Harding vs. Franklin Road Academy, 11 a.m.

Commercial Appeal's State Basketball Tournament Preview

At Allen Arena, Lipscomb University in Nashville

Harding Academy girls (25-5) vs. Nashville Donelson Christian Academy (20-9)

When: 2:15 p.m. today

Hoop scoop: Harding's state-title hopes hinge on the play of senior guard Alex Black, a 5-6 Chattanooga signee and D2-A Miss Basketball finalist averaging a D2-A West-best 17.4 points. Freshman guard Kaylah Keys (14.5 ppg) is another dependable scorer for the Lady Lions. DCA finished runner-up in the East/Middle Region tournament, falling 37-28 to Knoxville Webb. The Wildcats beat University School of Jackson, 52-45, in substate play.

Division 2-AA semifinals

St. Benedict girls (25-5) vs. Nashville Ensworth (23-4)

When: 11 a.m. Friday

Hoop scoop: St. Benedict has allowed just 38 points per game this season in advancing to its second consecutive state tournament. The Lady Eagles should be very familiar with semifinal opponent Ensworth, which knocked off St. Benedict, 33-22, earlier this season in Nashville. The Lady Tigers also beat St. Benedict, 67-51, in last year's semifinals.

Briarcrest Christian girls (22-5) vs. Pope John Paul II (20-6)

When: 2:15 p.m. Friday

Hoop scoop: Senior guard Anne Panagon's 16 points per game lead four players averaging in double figures for D2-AA West Region champion Briarcrest, which is looking to advance to its first girls state-title game since 2006. The Lady Saints won four state titles from 1998 to 2004. PJP II is led by D2-AA Miss Basketball finalist Paige Baechle, who set a school record with 40 points last month in a win over BGA.

Commercial Appeal's Regional Championships Reports

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Millington's Jasmine Newsome drives past Jackson North Side defender Monica Womack on her way to a 38-point night in the Region 7-AAA champion-ship game.

Millington Lady Trojans take 7-AAA title in Overtime

Central girls find right speed for win

Erica Ousley's 42 points help Fairley win in triple overtime

Regional Championship Box Scores from March 3, 2010



Overton (51) -- Lakeria Crowder 5, Cornelia Fondren 8, Cortrice Golden 6, Jasmine Robinson 13, Karisma Tyson 11, Orlandria Williams 8.

Central (58) -- Danielle Ballard 14, Darianne Butler 2, Michella Carter 3, Nina Davis 19, Jalen O'Bannon 7, Aaliyah Whiteside 13.

Overton / 14 / 11 / 17 / 9 / -- / 51 /

Central / 17 / 11 / 15 / 15 / -- / 58 /

Records -- Overton 26-2, Central 24-3.



Manassas (83) -- Jamie Bond 11, Lakendra Harris 8, Denise Johnson 10, Tiffany Jones 2, Cratisha Jones 8, Desiree Phillips 26, Jamille Reed 12, Victoria White 6.

Fairley (89) -- Marquasha Evers 9, Brandi James 19, Daniece Jamison 6, Saraya Maxwell 5, Erica Ousley 42, Erica Watkins 8.

Manassas / 8 / 16 / 16 / 24 / 7 / 7 / 5 / -- / 83 /

Fairley / 10 / 20 / 14 / 20 / 7 / 7 / 11 / -- / 89 /

Records -- Manassas 24-5, Fairley 29-3.



Millington (62) -- Tamarah Brandon 6, Olivia Maddox 6, Nikki Moffett 4, Jasmine Newsome 38, Jasmine Prophet 7, Treasure Redding 1.

Jackson Northside (60) -- Jessica Cobb 17, Victoria Douglas 7, Jalita Fason 10, Alex Hill 17, Brendi Stokes 3, Monica Womack 6.

Millington / 16 / 10 / 19 / 8 / 9 / -- / 62 /

Jack Northside / 8 / 15 / 17 / 13 / 7 / -- / 60 /

Records -- Millington 33-2, Jackson Northside 26-2.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Regional Championship Scores

Region 8-AAA at Central High School -- Central 58 vs. Overton 51. Danielle Ballard-Most Outstanding Player

Region 8-AA at Sheffield High School -- Fairley 44 vs. Manassas 40. Triple Overtime. Erica Ousley scores over 40 points

Region 7-AAA at Bolton High School -- Millington 63 vs. Jackson North Side 60. Overtime. Jasmine Newsome scores 38 points


GIRLS REGION CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES scheduled for Today, March 3, 2010

Region 8-AAA at Central High School, 7 p.m -- Central vs. Overton.

Region 8-AA at Sheffield High School, 7 p.m. -- Fairley vs. Manassas.

Region 7-AAA at Bolton High School, 7 p.m. -- Millington vs. Jackson North Side.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Commercial Appeal's Regional Reports

Overton and Central teams survive close calls

Jasmine Newsome leads Millington in semifinal win

Jackson North Side's Fason's 30 points too much for Arlington

Manassas girls hold off Hillcrest

Regional Girls Basketball Box Scores for March 1, 2010

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Arlington (47) -- Camille Alberson 17, Logan Hammonds 4, Ariel Hearn 13, Christyn Hopper 9, Rachel Oaks 4.

Jackson Northside (67) -- Jessica Cobb 21, Victoria Douglas 4, Jalita Fason 30, Alex Hill 7, Khrista Pirtle 2, Monica Womack 3.

Arlington / 10 / 12 / 10 / 15 / -- / 47 /

Jackson Northside / 8 / 23 / 25 / 11 / -- / 67 /

Craigmont (46) -- Kandy Granger 17, Jemil Jefferson 7, Shantingra Jones 11, Kaitlyn McCoy 2, Tori Smith 9.

Millington (56) -- Tamarah Brandon 2, Misha Jones 1, Olivia Maddox 2, Nikki Moffett 3, Jasmine Newsome 32, Jasmine Prophet 16.

Craigmont / 12 / 4 / 12 / 18 / -- / 46 /

Millington / 16 / 7 / 13 / 20 / -- / 56 /



Ridgeway (65) -- Chasity Hamilton 8, Angalica Hampton 2, Hasina Muhammad 23, Odegua Oigbokie 12, Adrian Sanders 14, Tequila Stanton 6.

Central (67) -- Danielle Ballard 18, Michella Carter 2, Nina Davis 21, Jalen O'Bannon 6, Aaliyah Whiteside 20.

Ridgeway / 12 / 15 / 20 / 18 / -- / 65 /

Central / 17 / 12 / 18 / 20 / -- / 67 /

Records -- Ridgeway 22-7, Central 24-3.

White Station (40) -- Bria Dillard 8, Ashley Pigram 1, Breanna Ridgell 14, Chetavia Rutherford 6, Jasmine Settles 2, Amber Williams 4, Carnecia Williams 5.

Overton (51) -- Lakeria Crowder 1, Cornelia Fondren 5, Cortrice Golden 7, Jasmine Robinson 18, Karisma Tyson 5, Orlandria Williams 15.

White Station / 11 / 6 / 12 / 11 / -- / 40 /

Overton / 6 / 10 / 13 / 22 / -- / 51 /



Trezevant (39) -- Khadijah Beavers 7, Shervonte Bright 4, Barbara Hawkins 9, Fran Montague 2, Lillie Pittman 15, Lakeisha Robinson 2.

Fairley (55) -- Marquasha Evers 4, Brandi James 5, Daniece Jamison 3, Saraya Maxwell 10, Erica Ousley 30, Erica Watkins 3.

Trezevant / 11 / 8 / 13 / 7 / -- / 39 /

Fairley / 17 / 15 / 21 / 2 / -- / 55 /

Records -- Fairley 27-3.

Hillcrest (58) -- Tierra Burks 10, Termirica Hunt 17, Tracy James 7, Shemeka Lewis 4, Chasity Richardson 12, Brittany Taylor 8.

Manassas (61) -- Jamie Bond 10, Lakendra Harris 2, Denise Johnson 7, Cratisha Jones 10, Desiree Phillips 22, Jamille Reed 2, Victoria White 8.

Hillcrest / 14 / 14 / 16 / 14 / -- / 58 /

Manassas / 14 / 21 / 14 / 12 / -- / 61 /

Records -- Hillcrest 16-10.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Regional Scores

Region 7-AAA tournament at Bolton,

Arlington 47 vs. Jackson North Side 67.

Millington 56 vs. Craigmont 46

Region 8-AAA tournament at Central,

Overton 51 vs. White Station 40

Central 67 vs. Ridgeway 65

Region 8-AA tournament at Sheffield,

Manassas 61 vs. Hillcrest 58

Fairley 55 vs. Trezevant 39

Region 8-AAA Semi Final Report

I almost did not make it out to this. For the past 5 days I have been down and out. I've been so sick that I had decided I must stay in and get caught up on some work and I'll come out to the Regional Championship game. But when it is the last week of play in Memphis and you have the opportunity to witness 2 contests with the amount of Division 1 players, nationally ranked players and a nationally ranked team you have to sacrifice and get to the gym. It does not get any better than this in Memphis, TN.

I wasn't the only one thinking like this because Central High School was packed with a nice size group of fanatics..

The first game did not disappoint.

Fouls: 37
Free Throws: 51
Refs: Horrendous
Game: Priceless

Welcome to tournament time and the Regional Champion status is on the line.

White Station's zone gave Overton problems. Overton only had 6 points in the 1st. White Station's offense was rocking and rolling with movement but foul trouble was not far behind. Both sophomore Alicia "Red" Payne and senior Carnecia Williams had 2 fouls in the first. Senior Jasmine Robinson found the stroke behind the 3 point line and brought her team within 1 heading into halftime 17-16.

Third quarter was a dog fight ending in a 29 tie and the fourth belonged to Overton. Overton won 51-40. Jasmine Robinson lead all scorers with 18 points.

The Overton-White Station game was a good one. But the Central and Ridgeway game was THE GAME.

This game could have went either way and early on it looked like Central was about to blow Ridgeway out the gym and back to east Memphis. They got up on Ridgeway by double figures early and the game was going so fast I didn't have time to write down how much they had went up on them.

Those that took a potty break and came back into the gym missed Ridgeway's 5 steals in the second quarter and converting them into points. They went into halftime down by only 2, 29-27.

Ridgeway's junior Hasina Muhammad came out and hit 2 three's in somebody's face and Miss Odequa Oigbokie was a beast on the boards getting 4 rebounds and adding 8 points in the 3rd. But Central's sophomore Aaliyah Whiteside hit 2 three pointers of her own and helped keep the momentum about even for the 3rd. Game tied 47-47.

Fourth quarter was what I came to the Regional 8-AAA semi-final contests for. If I would have went with my first thought and went home, did a little work on the computer, ate some chicken noodle soup and snuggled in bed with my remote, I would have missed the most exciting fourth quarter of questionable calls by refs and decisions by players, the most composed freshman player and the almost biggest upset in tournament play.

Like I said earlier this could have went either way. And when the horn sounded with 0 seconds, Central was up by 2.

I must say this about this player. She played the point position. She made mistakes. She made turnovers. Her coached pulled her out of the game. Her coached chewed her out. This was ongoing during the game. Yet, when it came time to step up. This young lady made 6 out of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter -----as a freshman. Central's Nina Davis lead her team in scoring in the 4th quarter of the game with 8 points and the entire game finishing with 21.

Final Score: Central 67-65.

Regional Semi Final Games Scheduled for Today, March 1, 2010


Region 7-AAA tournament at Bolton, 6 p.m. -- Arlington vs. Jackson North Side. 7:30 p.m. -- Millington vs. Craigmont.

Region 8-AAA tournament at Central, 6 p.m. -- Overton vs. White Station. 7:30 p.m. -- Central vs. Ridgeway.

Region 8-AA tournament at Sheffield, 6 p.m. -- Manassas vs. Hillcrest. 7:30 p.m. -- Fairley vs. Trezevant.