The end of the season, everything on the line, 5 teams from Memphis all with a chance to win a sectional state title. First up, the Cordova Middle girls vs Snowden, things got serious late as Snowden hit big free throws late to tie it up however a late tech on a substitution by Snowden allowed Cordova to shoot 4 free throws with only one being made but a steal by Madison Briggs and another key defensive play late for her gave Cordova an undefeated season and a title, 43-40. I think its the first girls team to go undefeated in a few years in Middle School, maybe 4-5 years. Briggs was big all tournament along with their outstanding guards, Destiny Wells, Sequoia Almond, 5’11 Lynette Williams and the best player in middle school, Lanetta Williams who was the tournament MVP. I still think this young lady has a chance to be very special along as she continues to develop.
In the second game of the night at American Way, it was the boys finale, Elmore Park vs Germantown. Elmore Park had a huge crowd on both sides of the gym and it got them off to a great start as Elmore Park jumped out to a 31-14 lead at the half on the play of guard Jeff Walker and Tyler Carpenter who hit 3 first half 3 pointers. With their leading scorer struggling shooting, (Deante Anding) if not for Aston Taylor, Germatown could have found themselves down bigger. At the start of the 3rd, Germantown looked energized and Clint Norfleet got them started as well as Anding with back to back 3′s and cut it to 1. Anding’s got it going and Germantown went on a 17-6 run to make it 42-36 going into the 4th. Jeff Walker opened the 4th with a 3 pointer and made play after play but it seemed like Germantown would not be denied. Aston Taylor and Anding and their two bigs all played very well in the 4th with Anding scoring 12 points in the final period and Taylor adding 8 in the quarter. Jeff Walker had a huge game scoring a game high 37 points to lead all scorers but again, the outstanding guard duo got it done for Germantown winning the state by a 58-56 score.
In Newbern Tn in Small Schools, Bellevue got a huge steal late under 20 seconds left in the game and beat Kingsbury, 51-49. Head Coach Joe Washington said ” The players did their part, they played hard to the end, and we will be back next year” Congratulations Bellevue and to Kingsbury. Also, congratulation to Elmore Park as well on their great seasons!!