Dream seasons end for County Champs
By Amanda Lowrance & Andrew Alexander
The T-N-T State Tournament held in Springfield, Tenn. was not a dynamite experience for County Champions Michie and Bethel Springs last Saturday. The Michie Lady Blue Devils, who were riding an 18-game winning streak, and the Bethel Springs Rebels, who ran their county schedule unblemished at 10-0, both saw their dream seasons come to an end at the hands of Ezell-Harding Christian School in the 2A bracket. No matter how they finished at state, their seasons will be remembered in McNairy County forever.
Last Saturday night, the Bethel Rebels began round two of the TNT State Tournament against the Ezell-Harding Christian School Eagles of Antioch, Tenn after receiving a bye in the first.
Quickly the Rebels realized the level of competition at state after being down by two points in the first quarter. By the half, the Eagles had gained an 11-point lead.
Bethel outscored Ezell-Harding in the fourth quarter by two baskets, but they were unable to pull off the comeback win before time expired as they fell 37-27.
The loss marks the end of an amazing run by the Bethel Rebels. It was a season of firsts. For the first time, they were undefeated in the county, and for the first time, they won the county championship.
(BJHS) Darwin Kelly: 9 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl; Dakorea Dilworth: 9 Pts, 3 Stl; Austin Pace: 4 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Stl; Tata Newsom, Darrius Sanders: 2 Pts, 1 Reb; Dylan Crabb: 1 Pt, 1 Reb, 1 Stl
Lady Blue Devils- 21
For the first time this season, Michie was outmatched by an opponent. The Ezell-Harding Lady Eagles managed an 11-point victory over Lady Blue Devils, giving them their first loss of the season and sending them home after just one game in the state tournament.
“I’m so proud of the hard work and dedication of the players all season,” said Michie head coach Andrea Whitten. “It’s an awesome accomplishment to have a regular season record of 18-0. Looking forward to watching 8th graders excel in high school.”
Margie Coleman led Michie with 15 points while Robin Moore and Lauren Rhodes chipped in with four and two.
Michie had a slow start and trailed by four going into the second quarter, but by halftime the Lady Eagles’ lead had grown to 14-5. The Lady Blue Devils’ offense got going in the second half, but outscoring Ezell Harding 8-5 in the final quarter after being down 27-13 at its beginning was not enough to overcome the Lady Eagle lead.
Despite the early exit from the state tournament, Michie’s season was a memorable one and one the Lady Blue Devils can hold onto forever.
(Michie) Margie Coleman: 15 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast; Robin Moore: 4 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Stl; Lauren Rhodes: 2 Pts; Madelynn Lynch: 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk; Aysia Campbell: 1 Reb; Brooke Bennett: 2 Reb