New middle school champs to be crowned Thursday

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The Middle School Basketball Tournament got underway at Blackman Middle on Saturday with six games, three of which were won by the lower seeded teams.

Except for the La Vergne boy’s 46–41 overtime win over host Blackman, there were no other upsets.

Some of the leading scorers from the first day include, Leah Johnson with 12 for the Buchanan girls, Lapraisia Ward had 22 for the La Vergne girls, Jamaya Clayborn had nine for Rockvale, Nikia Drew led Smyrna with 11, Molly Kate Anderson had 10 for Central and Leah Herrings led Siegel with 10.

In boys, Nathan Nelson had 10 for Central, Kei Anthony had 15 for La Vergne, Graham Hatcher and Gabriel Martin had 11 each and Mari Stoudemire had 10 all for Rockvale, Vince Floyd had 19 for Stewarts Creek and Trent Gibson had 21 for Blackman.

On Monday, Alexis Whittington had 15 and Correnea Ellis had 12 for No. 1 seed Christiana, Leah Johnson had 12 for Buchanan and Brinae Alexander had 30 (Wow!) for Stewarts Creek. Oakland eliminated defending champion Rock Springs as Kayce Howard had 12. Kyra Wilder led the Lady Knights with 10. Host Blackman beat La Vergne behind Je’Leah Goff’s 18 and Myra Fuller’s 14, while the Lady Hawks were led by Lapraisia Ward’s eight.

On Tuesday (boys night), C.J. Murray had 12 for No. 1 Buchanan and Vince Floyd had nine in the loss for Stewarts Creek. Lantavious Wilson scored 15 in the Christiana win and Damarcus Glenn had 10 for La Vergne. Marcellis Morton had 20 for the winning Siegel Stars and Tanner Antonutti had 16 for Rock Springs. Keishawn Davidson scored 13 for victorious Oakland and Corey Rankins tallied seven for Rockvale.

The third-place games begin at 4 p.m. today, while the championships begin at 6:30 p.m. for the girls and 7:45 p.m. for the boys. One thing is for certain: We will have a new champion in both girls and boys.

It might be a good idea to get there a little early as the crowds have been big. You might also consider parking in front of the school and going through the main entrance. Parking has been tough to come by for many games.

See you at Blackman.

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