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.