13 Chattanooga-area Division I girl’s basketball teams advanced to this weekend’s region tournaments. Here’s a look at what lies ahead for each of them:
Silverdale Baptist cruised through its district competition during the regular season—8-0 in league play—and that carried over into last week’s District 5-A tournament at Chattanooga State. The Lady Seahawks (18-9), who have won four straight by double digits, host Hardy Memorial on Friday night. The Lady Hawks (13-13), the No. 4 team from District 6-A, are coming off a 43-point defeat to Whitwell in the 6-A consolation game.
Grace Baptist Academy will also play at home in the first round. The Lady Eagles (10-14), who finished the regular season ranked No. 2 in the league, edged Chatt. Arts & Sciences in last week’s 5-A semifinals. Grace welcomes a 23-8 Whitwell squad on Friday evening—the No. 3 seed from 6-A.
Boyd-Buchanan and Chatt. Arts & Sciences will both hit the road Friday for their first-round games. The Lady Buccaneers (6-22), which didn’t win a single game until early-January, travels to top-seeded Van Buren County (18-9), while the Lady Patriots visit No. 2 Sale Creek (19-5).
East Hamilton (22-9), which has won 11 straight, captured the District 6-AA tournament title on Tuesday night with a 57-51 win over Howard, and the Lady Hurricanes welcome Polk County in the first round on Friday. The Lady Wildcats (6-22), who advanced to the regionals with a 52-20 win over a 1-27 Sweetwater squad, have just two wins in their last 13 outings.
Howard (16-7), the No. 2 team out of 6-AA, will also open up at home Friday after beating both East Ridge and Brainerd in the district tournament. The Lady Tigers didn’t receive a great draw, though, as they welcome Meigs County (24-5), the regular-season District 5-AA runner up.
The other two teams from 6-AA, Tyner and Brainerd, will be on the road in the opening round. The Lady Rams (10-16), which rolled over the Lady Panthers 64-49 in Monday’s consolation game, travel to Sequoyah (19-8), while Brainerd (13-13) plays at top-seeded McMinn Central (26-3).
After suffering an eight-point loss to Bledsoe County in Monday's district title game, Notre Dame enters the regionals as the No. 2 seed from 7-AA. The Lady Irish (19-8), 4-4 in their last eight games, welcome York Institute on Friday, the No. 3 team from District 8-AA. The Lady Dragons (19-11), who finished the regular season ranked sixth in the league, are 2-4 in their last six games away from home.
Chattanooga Christian was the only other area team to advance in 7-AA, after defeating Sequatchie County 58-47 in the opening round of the district tournament and edging Grundy County 37-35 in the consolation game. The Lady Chargers (19-12) will travel to Cannon County on Friday to face the Lady Lions (25-5), who were upset by Livingston Academy in the 8-AA title game.
The regular-season and tournament champions in District 5-AAA, Bradley Central (25-2), heads into the regionals riding a seven-gamee winning streak, including a 52-43 victory over Cleveland in Monday’s district title game. The Lady Bears play host to Cumberland County (10-21) in Friday’s opening-round game against.
The second-seeded Lady Blue Raiders (18-9), who had their three-game winning streak snapped with Monday’s loss to Bradley Central, will also be at home Friday when Cleveland welcomes White County. The Lady Warriors (19-11), 2-4 against 5-AAA opponents on the year, crushed Cumberland County 60-37 in the 6-AAA consolation game.
Walker Valley (15-15), which suffered a 44-39 loss to McMinn County in Monday's 5-AAA consolation game, will hit the road in the opening round, travelling to Cookeville to face the Lady Cavaliers (21-10)—the regular-season and tournament champs in 6-AAA.