Dragons to play for title; Lady Dragons look to take 3rd

The District 3AAA Basketball Tournament semifinals were played Saturday in Oak Ridge.

In the day’s first game, Powell held off a scrappy Halls team for a 79-68 win and berth in Tuesday’s championship game.

In the title game, Powell will face Oak Ridge, which trailed Clinton 16-9 at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Lady Dragons 20-4 in the second to take a nine-point lead into halftime. In the second half, the 26-6 Lady Wildcats stretched the lead and pulled away for a 77-45 win, their 67th in a row versus Clinton. Naiyah Sanders led Clinton with 24 points, including six three-pointers, while Oak Ridge’s defense limited Sarah Burton to just 11 points. The Lady Wildcats were led by Khamari Mitchell-Steen with 28 points.

The Lady Dragons are now 17-15, and will play Halls Monday night at 6:00 for third place in the D3AAA tournament. WYSH will have live coverage of the third-place game on the Fox & Farley Full Court Press starting at 6:00. That means that “Trading Time Primetime” will not air tonight, but will be back on the air Tuesday night at its regular time of 6:00.

In the boys’ semifinals, the Clinton Dragons were once again without injured D3AAA Co-MVP Evan Winchester, but used a gritty defensive effort to grind their way into the District championship game Tuesday night with a 42-40 win over the Central Bobcats. In a back-and-forth struggle, the Dragons were led by Jackson Garner’s 24 points, while Central was paced by Greg Moore’s 26 points. Clinton is 15-12 headed into Tuesday night’s title tilt against top-seeded and homestanding Oak Ridge, which pulled away from Karns for a 77-60 win in the day’s final contest.

Clinton and Oak Ridge will play for the District championship Tuesday at 7:30, with live coverage on the Fox & Farley Full Court Press. Central and Karns will play for third place Monday at 7:30, following the girls’ consolation game.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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