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Kelley Smiddie

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It was evident that the high school basketball teams on the floor at Boyd-Buchanan on Saturday were highly motivated.

Brainerd guard Jamee Ward did not have one of her best shooting nights of the basketball season Friday when the Lady Panthers hosted Polk County in a TSSAA girls' Region 3-AA quarterfinal. And still she only needed eight points from her teammates for Brainerd to win.

Bledsoe County's girls take a 21-4 record into their TSSAA Region 4-AA basketball quarterfinal tonight at 8 EST. The first thought they gave to playing in a region quarterfinal was exactly 25 games ago.

The old proverb, "The more things change, the more they stay the same," was never more evident than Tuesday night at Howard.

If the regular-season champion Bledsoe County girls were going to win the District 7-AA high school basketball championship Monday at Signal Mountain, Chattanooga Christian was going to make them earn it. And they did.

The Brainerd and Hixson girls' basketball teams now have played each other three times this season, and the meetings have been decided by a total of four points. Yet the series has gone entirely Brainerd's way.

Baylor senior Sammy Lupas picked a fine time Saturday to hoist his first 3-point shot in a high school varsity basketball game. But under the circumstances he didn't have much choice.

Signal Mountain led nearly the entire way in its opening-round girls' game in the District 7-AA high school basketball game, but perhaps it took the Lady Eagles falling behind to get them really going.

Area high school basketball players may have enjoyed being out of school this week after a second round of snowfall within a month, but despite most schools in the area being closed again today, TSSAA postseason play finally is getting under way.

Ooltewah junior middle hitter Courtlyn Ison has accepted a scholarship offer to continue her volleyball career at Belmont University in Nashville.

Lookout Valley's Joe Galloway says he has come to grips with the fact that his 39-year-old high school coaching career is almost over.

One team had more to play for than the other in Monday's District 5-AAA boys' high school basketball game at Ooltewah. And it showed.

It wasn't as easy as the last time for Tyner, but it didn't have to be. All the Rams needed to do was defeat Brainerd on Saturday to win the District 6-AA boys' high school basketball regular-season title, and they did so, 74-63 at Brainerd.

Brainerd's girls snatched away victory Friday.

Ooltewah senior Elizabeth Novelli plans to sign softball scholarship papers at her school Monday with Tennessee Wesleyan College.

The Times Free Press revisits the area's top 10 notable signees from four years ago and offers a look at each's football career since.

South Pittsburg star running back Jajuan Lankford has committed to continue his football career with East Tennessee State's revived program.

For all of Central's fourth-quarter woes this high school basketball season, the other six girls' teams in District 6-AA would gladly trade places with the Lady Purple Pounders.

It was senior day, and how, Saturday afternoon at Boyd-Buchanan.

It seems most high school basketball teams would be hurt by the graduation of all-state players. But for Bledsoe County's boys and Silverdale Baptist Academy's girls, they've picked up the slack for the all-stars they lack.

Bradley Central senior post player Brooke Copeland surpassed 2,000 points for her career last Friday during her 40-point performance in the Bearettes' 67-51 victory over crosstown rival Cleveland at Lee University.

All high school sporting events in the Chattanooga area were called off because of Tuesday's snowstorm, creating more scheduling problems on top of those caused previously by unusually cold temperatures.

Baylor School and Tennessee Fury outfielder Lauren Lewis has been rated No. 25 nationally by on its Hot 100 list of college softball prospects in the class of 2015.

Historically, Copper Basin boys' basketball has been through some gloomy times. Current coach Tim Kidd has dealt with his share in his previous five seasons at the high school.

It was difficult to discern Thursday which was colder: the temperature outside or the first-half shooting inside the Silverdale Baptist Academy gymnasium during the District 5-A girls' basketball game between Arts & Sciences and the Lady Seahawks.

A close game amid a lot of emotion with a wild finish.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley Central didn't look a team with payback on its mind the way it played in the first quarter of Friday's District 5-AAA girls' high school basketball game against Walker Valley.

Ten minutes into Thursday's District 6-AA boys' basketball game at Brainerd, the Panthers had built a 17-point lead and appeared on their way to another whipping of the Howard Hustlin' Tigers like the one they administered at Howard on Dec. 6. But a different-looking set of Tigers didn't go away so easily this time.

Central girls' basketball coach Rick May belabored the point that his team is still trying to learn how to win games. And his Lady Purple Pounders found a way, although likely not the way he would've desired.

Taelor Hill grew up in nearby Cleveland. And as someone who comes from an area where basketball rules in girls' sports, the sophomore seems complacent about the circumstances that led her to a less-heralded high school program in Chattanooga.

Baylor's Kaleigh Clemons may be a high school sophomore, but she already knows that offense sells tickets. And Chattanooga State's gymnasium was packed out for the Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament finals Saturday.

Boyd-Buchanan didn't have it all the way Friday in its boys' semifinal in the Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament. The Buccaneers just wouldn't go away.

Tyner and Notre Dame had different ideas about how they wanted the tempo to go in their boys' semifinal Friday in the Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament.

It was fitting that Boyd-Buchanan's defense made the decisive play in the Buccaneers' first-round game against Baylor on Thursday in the Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament at Chattanooga State.

If only they needed two points.

With the goal of being crowned champions Saturday night, eight girls' teams and eight boys' teams begin play today in the 2013 version of the Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament at Chattanooga State.

Boyd-Buchanan's boys enter their first-round game Thursday against Baylor in the Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament a little closer to full strength than they have been all season. And they're 10-0 at that.

Names of Baylor wrestlers could be found in almost half of the 14 championship bouts Saturday in the McCallie Invitational high school wrestling tournament. And as far as team results went, it mattered little that only two Red Raiders were individual winners.

Signal Mountain's Anna Althaus had dealt with a tear of an anterior cruciate ligament before. So when she went to make a defensive play in the Lady Eagles' season-opening basketball game against GPS and felt a twinge in her knee, she didn't immediately think the worst.

Not coincidentally, the Bradley Central High School girls' basketball team's level of play increased dramatically when Brooke Copeland entered Tuesday's game at Baylor.

Hoops for Hope V produced five winners on the hardwood Saturday at Signal Mountain. But more importantly, six individuals were presented scholarships thanks to the labor of love the event is for the many involved.

When asked when was the last time Hixson's girls were in sole possession of first place in their district high school basketball standings, 35-year-old Lady Wildcats coach Matthew Smith said, "Probably before I was born."

The fifth Hoops for Hope high school basketball benefit for the MaryEllen Locher Foundation Scholarship Fund is being held Saturday at Signal Mountain starting at 11 a.m.

Boyd-Buchanan's 48-45 boys' high school basketball victory Tuesday at Sale Creek was every bit the defensive struggle the final score indicates.

Arts & Sciences' Jamani Greer and Kiara Suttles recently signed scholarship papers and will continue their softball careers at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.

For 39 seasons Lookout Valley's Joe Galloway sat in the shadow of the bench while his basketball teams played in the spotlight. But on Friday, it was Coach's turn to bask in the limelight for a while.

McCallie had some stretches Thursday at East Hamilton that the players would just as soon forget about. But ultimately they had enough good stretches -- particularly the one at the end -- to come away with a 68-65 victory over the Hurricanes.

Thanks to a surplus of skilled receivers on both teams, the passing games at Cleveland and East Hamilton have really caught on.

Bradley Central's Bearettes have a mission this high school basketball season not only to make a return trip to the Class AAA state tournament but to get there with their full complement of players. Then they'll take their chances.

BENTON, Tenn. — Big plays right before halftime are often big factors in the outcomes of football games. and that was the case in Friday's TSSAA Class 3A playoff game at Polk County.

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