Top storylines from Tuesday night’s Chattanooga basketball postseason action

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Tyner's Adarius Brewster (10) has provided strong defensive play and rebounding this season for the Rams.
Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Tyner's Adarius Brewster (10) has provided strong defensive play and rebounding this season for the Rams.

Here are the top storylines from Tuesday's TSSAA postseason basketball action regarding Chattanooga teams.

1. Lady Seahawks land epic double-overtime victory

The 29th win of the season for Silverdale Baptist Academy's girls was one those on the winning side will never forget. With the Lady Seahawks trailing by five points with 12 seconds left in regulation, senior Taylor Bledsoe hit a deep 3-pointer, then grabbed an ensuing inbound steal that led to a layup by Kinsley Owen to force overtime.

Despite blowing a seven-point lead in the first overtime period, Silverdale once again found magic late with a tying 3 at the buzzer by junior Ella Canter. Sophomore Braylee Raby closed out the victory with two free throws, while Owen blocked a shot to end an instant classic victory for Victor Underwood's team.

Silverdale (29-6) will travel to face University School of Jackson (22-5) on Friday, and a win would send the Lady Seahawks to their first-ever state final four, which will be held this year at Tennessee Tech.

Owen once again delivered a huge postseason performance, as the budding star scored 13 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. Bledsoe and Raby each finished with 14 points, while Canter added 10.

 

2. Red Bank wins first district tournament title since 2011

The trio of Kendrick Lloyd, Anthony Bonner and Jaylen Rice is as good as any in the area and make the Lions a serious state tournament contender in Class 3A. Those three combined for 40 points, 21 rebounds, 12 assists, seven steals and four blocked shots in a 75-47 runaway District 6-3A championship victory over Signal Mountain.

Red Bank (25-7) shot 50% from the field and scored 46 points in the first half to bring an end to the program's postseason misfortune that had stretched on for more than a decade.

Bonner and Lloyd have certainly emerged into bona fide stars on the court this season for the Lions, who look to be a state tournament team.

3. Suffocating defense leads Signal Mountain to district title

A year after being held to only 26 points by Soddy-Daisy in a district title defeat, Signal Mountain returned the favor. The Lady Eagles soared to a 49-25 District 6-3A championship victory as senior guard Abby Walker helped lead the way with her lockdown defense.

Signal Mountain (21-6) can compete with anyone in Class 3A and proved that not long ago when junior Carlee Lowry scored 37 points in a road loss to state-ranked No. 2 White County. Ashlyn Rock and Lowry are a formidable post duo that every team has to worry about.

4. Tyner leaves no doubt

Rodney Henderson is on a mission, and it appears no one will stop him from helping the Rams reach Murfreesboro for the Class 2A state tournament. The lefty is a smooth operator and has a motor that does not quit. Henderson's jump shot and driving ability took over the District 4-2A tournament, where he scored 61 points over his last two games.

With Zion Pinkerton also providing a spark along with Adarius Brewster, Javion Dixson, Kohl Ward and Robert Wilson, there are not many teams that pose a threat to Tyner (22-4) when coach E'Jay Ward's bunch is firing on all cylinders. That was on display in the Rams' 75-44 district title win over Brainerd, which had entered with 10 wins in its past 13 games.

5. Lady Bucs reach elite eight

Boyd Buchanan is also one win away from advancing to the Division II-A state final in Cookeville. Sarah Peyton Durham and Lesley Burton combined for 30 points to lead the way to Tuesday's 50-39 road victory over First Assembly Christian School to advance to Friday's state quarterfinal against Goodpasture.

If Durham can stay hot from 3-point range and Burton can continue to dominate down low, the Lady Buccaneers (19-14) have a chance to make their first state tournament appearance since 1989.

Contact Patrick MacCoon at pmaccoon@timesfreepress.com.

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