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Riverdale wrestler Scottie Boykin won the 195 pound class state championship Saturday night in Franklin with a decisive 11-4 victory over Walker Valley’s Billy Raulston.

Scottie was unbeaten at 38-0 on the year. What a way for this fine student-athlete to end a career.

7AAA Basketball Tournament
The result of game one on Saturday night was predictable at the District 7AAA Basketball Tournament.

The Smyrna girls were short two starters and playing on less than 24 hours rest after a victory over Siegel on Friday. The Lady Bulldogs fell behind No. 1 state ranked and unbeaten Riverdale 13-4 and never caught up finally losing 74-59.

Riverdale has now won 50 in a row and hasn’t lost in 416 days. Riverdale will take on Blackman on Monday night in Smyrna at 7:30 in championship action and Smyrna will play Oakland at 6:00 for third place.

For Smyrna, Brooklyn Blanchard had 15 and Kayla Hunt had 13.

For Riverdale Tyisha Petty had 20, Tiffany Lewis had 15 and Alexa Middleton had 11.

In game two, the Oakland boys trailed No. 1 state ranked Blackman by only one at the half but a Justin Coleman dunk, followed by a Quindell Cousins dunk and a Mayer put back gave Blackman a seven-point lead as the Blaze went into another gear, won the third quarter 20-7 and finally the game 69-57. Blackman had a slight lead in rebounds.

For Oakland George Stanberry had 26 points, Emmanuel Smith had 13 and Kyle Oliver had 10.

For Blackman Darius Thompson had 18 and Quindell Cousins had 12.

Blackman will now take on Siegel on Tuesday night in Smyrna at 7:30 p.m. for the championship, while Oakland will play La Vergne at 6 p.m. for third place.

In game three, Oakland and Blackman both struggled all night but finally Blackman broke through enough to win 38-33 after the game was tied at the half 15-15.

The game’s turning point was a 3-pointer by Morgan Miller followed by the second 3-pointer of the game from Amanda Pollock and then another Pollock basket. Oakland never fully recovered but did cut the Blaze lead to just two points. Another major difference was turnovers – Blackman had only seven points while Oakland had 14.

For Oakland, Shelby Gibson had 12 and Ellen Riggins had 10.

For Blackman, Crystal Dangerfield had 12 and Amanda Pollock eight.

In the night’s final game, the La Vergne boys played great early and good until the last three minutes. In fact the Wolverines led all the way but disaster struck in the middle of the 4th quarter. Siegel finally caught La Vergne at the 2:45 mark and Ryan Jones went to work with two baskets and four free throws down the stretch. The La Vergne crowd was stunned and Siegel walked off the floor a winner.

For La Vergne, Charles Sutton had 16.

For Siegel Ryan Jones had 26 and Charles Clark had nine.

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