By Stephen Hargis, Prep Editor
NASHVILLE Ken Henry had seen enough.
Having watched McCallie squander what had been a 10-point lead into a four-point deficit in the third quarter, the Blue Tornado coach called a timeout and challenged every player in the huddle.
The result was three consecutive turnovers caused, leading to easy buckets and a 16-3 run. That was enough to carry McCallie to a 54-43 victory over Battle Ground Academy in the Division II state tournament quarterfinals at Lipscomb University.
I just told them that it wasnt about coaching anymore, it was about effort, Henry said. After we had built a pretty good lead, we got mechanical and just werent doing the extra things we have to do in order to win.
McCallie (17-10) will play the winner of Wednesdays late quarterfinal game between Evangelical Christian and Montgomery Bell Academy in a semifinal at 2 p.m. EST Friday. It is the third time in Henrys six seasons as head coach that McCallie has advanced to the semis, but the program has never played for a state title.
The lead had changed hands several times through the first two quarters, but McCallie appeared to have control early in the third when it was 28-18. But by the end of that quarter, the Blue Tornado trailed by three and the deficit grew to six.
That timeout really turned things around for us, said Tornado guard Walter Dozier, who had 13 points. We got sloppy for a while, but after we got a couple of turnovers we got the momentum back and just kept feeding off that.
Jordan Hobbs hit four 3-pointers and led the Tornado with 16 points. His 3 from the left corner with 1:23 remaining gave McCallie a seven-point lead and was a dagger to BGAs hopes of an upset.
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