|Tuesday night in the 4AAA Regional Tournament in La Vergne, the Siegel Stars (31-2) struggled mightily with an undersized Riverdale squad (20-11) before pulling out a hard fought 69-48 victory.
Despite Riverdale’s only big man, Vari Craig, out with foul trouble for much of the first half, Riverdale still led by 3 points after a quarter and led at the half 28-27.
The Stars are now on an 18 game winning streak and it’s likely to continue if they use their size to advantage versus Lawrence County Thursday night.
They did this in the second half, which they won 42-20 behind Stephen Hurt and Cedrick Williams who outscored Riverdale 21-20 in the final 16 minutes.
The “real” star of the Stars was guard Treyton Harris, who played an excellent floor game and finished with a game high 18 points which included three 3s.
|Siegel vs. Riverdale
Siegel: Treyton Harris18, Stephen Hurt 17, Taj Abdul-Kaudeyr 13, Kyle Adams 3, Cedrick Williams 6, Oscar Butler 6, LaBrock Thomas 2, John Simpson 2, Aden Burton 2
Riverdale: T.J. Chesterfield 16, D.J.Smith 4, Vari Craig 9, Donya Burnett 9, Dominique Coleman 7, Desmond Paul 3
Game two of the regional semis was one of the strangest I’ve seen in a long time.
Lawrence County (23-9) upset La Vergne (20-8) 67-62, but that is far from the full story.
La Vergne got off to a great start and led at one point 16-4 and were rolling.
To say it didn’t last is an understatement.
The roof caved in on the favored Wolverines as they scored four points in the next 12, that’s 12, minutes, were out scored 24-4 and trailed at the half by 8 points.
I’ve seldom seen a great team go that cold for that long but it happened to La Vergne.
As a result they spent the entire second half trying to come back, and to their ever lasting credit, they almost made it.
They cut it to two points a couple of times late in the second half but it wasn’t to be as they dropped a 67-62 semi region game.
It hurts when one win sends you to the finals and a rematch with Siegel plus a certain trip to the sectional, and you don’t get the victory.
Kyle Carter led the charge with 19 points in the second half but even a 29-point fourth quarter wasn’t enough to get a win.
It certainly didn’t help that the Wildcats shot nearly 60 percent from the floor on the evening.
|La Vergne vs. Lawerence Co.
Lawrence Co.: Heath Mansfield 2, Nick Messer 7, Trent Garland 16, Andrew Cheatwood 11, Jake Richardson 12, Alex Brown 6, Shelly Young 13
La Vergne: Kyle Carter 22, Terrence Dixon 16, Tyler Irwin 12, Cayman Dial 11, Thomas Hart 1
Here’s the future.
The Riverdale girls ( 30-1) will take on Blackman (23-5) at La Vergne High at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the Region title.
The winner will play host to McMinn County Saturday night.
The loser Wednesday will travel to Bradley Central also Saturday, Eastern time.
Bradley Central beat McMinn Co. 60-50 on Tuesday night.
The Siegel boys will play Lawrence County at 7 p.m. Thursday at La Vergne High for the regional title.
The winner will play Cleveland and the loser will play at McMinn County. Both games will be Monday night.
McMinn beat Cleveland 68-59 on Tuesday night.