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Championships set: Edgemont girls pull upset, three top seeds through to Saturday's title games

Bridgeport’s Austin Hawk goes to the basket in the opening half of Friday night’s semifinal win against Edgemont as the Panthers Rahiem Meeks defends the shot. Bridgeport won the game 52-39.
Published: 1:12 PM, 02/22/2014 Last updated: 1:12 PM, 02/22/2014

Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—Four teams punched their tickets to the 2014 Cocke County Elementary Basketball championship games on Friday night at Cocke County High School.

In boys play, chalk held as No. 1 Bridgeport and No. 2 Parrottsville will meet for the title this afternoon at 3:45 p.m. The Rockets held No. 3 Cosby down defensively to earn a 38-25 win in their semifinal game. In Friday night’s late semifinal, Bridgeport held off a challenge by Edgemont to win 52-39.

Parrottsville will be aiming for their second straight title in Saturday afternoon’s tilt.

In girls play, No. 3 Edgemont took the tournament’s first upset win in terms of seeding, as they ran away from No. 2 Bridgeport by a 54-33 score behind the one-two punch of Khrystena Norton and Jaden Stewart.

The Lady Panthers, looking to earn another title after last year’s setback, will face No. 1 Centerview. Centerview cruised past No. 4 Parrottsville 37-17 in their semifinal. The meeting will be a rematch from the next-to-last regular season game, in which Edgemont handed the Lady Falcons their lone loss.

The girls title game is slated to tip-off at 2:30 p.m.

No. 3 Edgemont 54, No. 2 Bridgeport 33 (GIRLS)

The Edgemont Lady Panthers used a strong defensive second half effort to pull away from Bridgeport and make their way to yet another Cocke County Elementary Tournament championship game.

The Lady Rockets were held to just four points in the third period, as Edgemont turned a seven-point halftime edge into a 43-24 lead headed into the final six minutes of the game.

While Edgemont excelled defensively in the semifinal tilt, they also performed well on the offensive end throughout the game. Norton and Stewart combined for 39 of their team’s 54 points and were the catalysts for the Lady Panthers second half run.

Stewart scored three field goals in the third period and Norton drained a pair of field goals and a three-point bucket, in enabling the Lady Panthers to take the 21-point lead headed into the fourth quarter.

EDGEMONT (54): Khrystena Norton 20, Jaden Stewart 19, Amber Norton 4, Haylee Ray 3, Taylor Kirk 3, Madison Hall 2, Abigail Kirk 2, Brittany Rathbone 2.

BRIDGEPORT (33): Kaylee Frisbee 10, Erica Allen 7, Jade Bryant 6, Bralyn McGaha 5, Gracie Myers 2, Callie Whitlock-Frisbee 2, Kylie Hall 1.

No. 2 Parrottsville 38, No. 3 Cosby 25 (BOYS)

A night after setting the nets on fire, the Cosby Eagles were held in check by Parrottsville.

Cosby led the game 13-10 at halftime, but the Eagles were limited to 12 second half points and four field goals in the second half, as the Parrotts rallied for the 38-25 victory and the opportunity to defend their tournament championship.

Cosby took their first half lead, despite failing to recreate their offensive success from Thursday’s quarterfinal win over Centerview. The Eagles got two baskets apiece from Seth Arrowood and Ryan Guy and a lone 3-pointer by Trey Johnson in taking the lead at the half.

The Eagles were never able to jumpstart their offense in the second half, as they were plagued by turnovers and Parrottsville found their stride on offense.

The Parrotts got rolling in the third period to take a 20-19 lead into the fourth quarter and then Parrottsville outscored the Eagles 18-6 over the game’s final six minutes.

Dylan Dodgin and Ethan Brown, who led the Parrotts with nine points each, scored seven apiece in the second half. Their offensive nights was part of a balanced offensive night for the Parrotts, who had seven different players crack the scoring column, in advancing to the finals.

PARROTTSVILLE (38): Dylan Dodgin 9, Ethan Brown 9, Stephen Daniel 6, Isaiah Benjamin 6, Marty Lindsey 4, Nicholas Wardroup 2, Joseph Jones 2.

COSBY (25): Andrew Swann 10, Ryan Guy 5, Seth Arrowood 5, Trey Johnson 3, Jacob Carpenter 2.

No. 1 Centerview 37, No. 4 Parrottsville 17 (GIRLS)

The Centerview Lady Falcons earned their way back to the elementary championship game, their first appearance since 2011, as they pulled away from Parrottsville in the fourth quarter to win 37-17.

The outcome insures that there will be a new girls champion this season, as Parrottsville toppled Edgemont last February.

Centerview led the game 12-7 at halftime and 20-15 after three quarters, before finally shaking the pesky Lady Parrotts. Centerview outscored Parrottsville 17-2 down the stretch.

The Lady Falcons got big performances in the fourth quarter by Sarah Calfee, who scored all seven of her points in the final period. Mallory Clevenger, who was one of three Centerview players to score a team-high nine points in the game, had five points down the stretch for the Lady Falcons.

CENTERVIEW (37): Sydney Clevenger 9, Mallory Clevenger 9, Natalie Fine 9, Sarah Calfee 7, Mahlia Gonzales 3.

PARROTTSVILLE (17): Maylee Dalton 7, Alyssa Askew 3, Shaila Crabtree 3, Alexus Watts 2, Tabitha Frazier 2.

No. 1 Bridgeport 52, No. 4 Edgemont 39 (BOYS)

The Bridgeport Rockets secured their championship game berth with a strong fourth quarter on both ends of the floor to put away a valiant effort by Edgemont.

Bridgeport, which clung to a single-digit lead for most of the night, was able to pull away down the stretch for a 52-39 victory to move on to today’s showdown with Parrottsville.

After Bridgeport opened up a 13-5 lead after a quarter, the Panthers clawed their way back into the thick of the game with a strong second quarter. The two teams match each others offense in the period, as the Panthers pulled to within 27-20 at halftime.

Tristan Lovell, McKayne Ramsey and Rahiem Meeks each scored a pair of baskets in the period for Edgemont.

Joshua Askew however kept Bridgeport rolling as he scored half of his 18 points in the period. Landon Myers did the same for the regular season champion Rockets, as he scored seven of his 18 points in the third quarter, as his team preserved their 39-31 edge.

That lead only grew in the fourth quarter, as the Panthers made just three baskets and the Rockets pulled away for the win.

BRIDGEPORT (52): Joshua Askew 18, Landon Myers 18, Keaton Burgess 6, Austin Hawk 6, Jeremy Wise 3, Austin McKeehan 1, Daniel Turner 1.

EDGEMONT (39): Rahiem Meeks 11, McKayne Ramsey 9, Tristian Lovell 7, Alan Caldwell 4, JR Gorrell 2, Cameron Dey 2, Keko Fontes 2, Daylin Hawk 2.

Finals set for Saturday

With Friday’s semifinals in the books, the stage is set for the final day of tournament play today at Cocke County High School.

At noon, No. 2 Bridgeport meets No. 4 Parrottsville in the girls’ consolation game. At 1:15 p.m. the No. 3 Cosby Eagles meet No. 4 Edgemont in the boys’ consolation round.

Championship play begins at 2:30 p.m. as No. 3 Edgemont locks horns with No. 1 Centerview. The boys championship game begins at 3:45 p.m. as No. 1 Bridgeport and No. 2 Parrottsville do battle.

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