|Published: 10:53 PM, 02/10/2014
||Last updated: 10:54 PM, 02/10/2014
Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
Postseason basketball tipped off in Cocke County on Monday night with the start of the annual Cocke County Elementary Basketball tournament at Cocke County High School.
A pair of opening round games, and a quarterfinal game were on tap for Monday's slate.
In the girls opening round game, No. 8 Del Rio withstood an upset bid from No. 9 Northwest to win 24-21. Northwest was aiming for their first win of the year and fell just short, despite a 10-point night from Rachel England.
Del Rio was led by Hannah Sawyer's 12-point effort.
In the boys opening round game, No. 8 Grassy Fork rolled past No. 9 Northwest, avenging a pair of losses to the Patriots this year, by a 46-27 score.
The Ravens took the victory after Braden Shaffer's big night, scoring 23 points. Shaffer scored 18 points by halftime, which outscored the Patriots by six points at the intermission. Chevy Ball added 15 for Northwest.
In the lone quarterfinal game of the evening, No. 2 Bridgeport easily toppled No. 7 Cosby 55-12 in girls action.
The Lady Rockets rolled out to a big first quarter lead and never looked back. Bralyn McGaha led all scorers with 12 points.
District 2-AAA Tournament Update
The District 2-AAA tournament tipped off at Jefferson County High School with a pair of boys opening round games.
The lower seeds prevailed in each contest on Monday night.
No. 7 South Doyle beat No. 6 Seymour for the third time in a seven-day span, taking a 41-32 victory over the Eagles. Seymour, after holding a 5-4 league record entering a February 1 contest at Cocke County High School, dropped five straight to end the year.
In the night cap, No. 8 Morristown East upset No. 5 Cherokee 45-44. Matt Thompson's free-throw with 4.3 seconds left gave the Hurricanes the win, having entered the tournament with a 1-13 league record.
South Doyle advances to the quarterfinal round to take on No. 3 Cocke County at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, just five days after losing to the Fighting Cocks by three points in Knoxville. Morristown East also faces a Friday night rematch, as they battle No. 4 Morristown West at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Semifinal berths, which carry an automatic Region 1-AAA tournament berth, are on the line during Wednesday's games.
Girls tournament play opens on Tuesday with No. 6 Morristown East and No. 7 South Doyle taking the floor at 6 p.m. and No. 5 Cocke County battling No. 8 Cherokee at 7:30 p.m.
For all the latest on postseason basketball, see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk, or follow Plain Talk sports editor on Twitter @NPTSethButler.
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