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Basketball Tournament Central Update - February 12

Published: 1:56 PM, 02/12/2014 Last updated: 7:00 PM, 02/12/2014

Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

Postseason basketball is in full swing and Tuesday night featured four local games on the courts.

In Newport, the Cocke County Elementary Basketball Tournament had three quarterfinal games on the schedule.

In boys play, No. 2 Parrottsville rolled past No. 7 Del Rio by a 48-26 score. Isaiah Benjamin led the Parrotts with a 15-point effort. Ethan Brown added 10 points for Parrottsville. Austin Herndon led the Trojans with eight points.

In the other quarterfinal, No. 1 Bridgeport took a 52-21 decision over No. 8 Grassy Fork. Joshua Askew led the regular season champion Rockets with 12 points, while Landon Myers tossed in 11. Braden Shaffer led the Ravens with seven points.

In the lone girls quarterfinal matchup, No. 1 Centerview easily dispatched No. 8 Del Rio 47-8. The Lady Falcons cruised through the game as they led 34-2 at halftime. Mallory Clevenger scored 13 for the winners, while Chelsay Burns scored 10 as well for the Lady Falcons. Hannah Sawyer scored all eight of Del Rio's points.

Quarterfinal play was scheduled to resume on Thursday evening, however, with Cocke County Schools not in session those games have been postponed. Currently there is no official word on potential rescheduling of the tournament games.

Remaining girls quarterfinals include: No. 4 Parrottsville taking on No. 5 Grassy Fork and No. 3 Edgemont battling No. 6 Smoky Mountain. Remaining boys quarterfinals are No. 4 Edgemont taking on No. 5 Smoky Mountain and No. 3 Cosby facing No. 6 Centerview.

Lady Red win District 2-AAA opener

At the District 2-AAA Tournament in Dandridge, the No. 5 Cocke County Lady Red rolled to a 52-22 win over No. 8 Cherokee High School in an opening round game.

Cocke County made four first period 3-pointers and held the Lady Chiefs scoreless for a 15-minute span to take the win. Allison Ball scored 13 points, while Mika Wester had 12 and Hannah Miller scored 11 in the win.

The win advances Cocke County to a quarterfinal matchup with No. 4 Seymour High School. The game was originally scheduled for Thursday night, but has been moved to Friday at 6 p.m. due to weather concerns. No. 3 Sevier County will play No. 6 Morristown East in the other quarterfinal game, now set for Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The entire tournament slate has been shifted back one day due to the winter storm.

Boys quarterfinal games originally slated for Wednesday night, are currently now scheduled for Thursday. No. 3 Cocke County is set to play No. 7 South Doyle at 7:30 p.m. with No. 4 Morristown West taking on No. 8 Morristown East at 6 p.m.

If Thursday's play is postponed, the tournament will likely feature four quarterfinal games on Friday and four semifinal games on Saturday.

District 2-A Tournament

The District 2-A tournament, featuring top-seed Cosby High School, is slated to begin on Thursday at Grainger High School with three games.

Thursday's games include the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds playing in boys and girls play, and the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds in boys play.

By virtue of claiming the top seed in their respective tournaments, the Lady Eagles and Eagles have a bye to the semifinal round.

Currently, those semifinals will be played on Friday afternoon. The No. 1 Lady Eagles will take on the play-in game winner at 4 p.m. on Friday. The No. 1 Eagles will take on the No. 4 - No. 5 winner on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Semifinal victories will advance the winners to Tuesday night's championship games, which are set for 6:30 p.m. (girls) and 8 p.m. (boys).

Schedule Change Updates

As winter weather continues to strike our area to get updates on the tournament schedule changes, continue checking or follow sports editor Seth Butler on Twitter @NPTSethButler.

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