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.


  1. So who WOn the Championship for 2009-2010 year.....

  2. Harding Academy won Division 2-A and Ensworth won Division 2-AA. Boxscores:


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