This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville will be buzzing with wall-to-wall basketball action at the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Division II boys and girls BlueCross Basketball Championships.
When the final basketball has tickled the twine, two boys teams and two girls teams will emerge as 2015 TSSAA state champions.
On Thursday, the Class AA action gets underway at 10:00 a.m. in the girls semifinal between Brentwood Academy (26-3) and Baylor.
The Brentwood Eagles are paced by sophomore Bria Dial with 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per outing, and freshman Sydni Harvey and junior Bre Jackson, who both average 10.1 points a game.
Baylor boasts two very versatile players in 5-9 sophomore Mya Long, who averages 15.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.4 steals and 3.2 assists a game; and junior Kaleigh Clemons with 14.6 points, 7.2 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 steals.
At 11:30 a.m., morning activity wraps up as Brentwood Academy (27-2) and Briarcrest (26-8) will meet in the first boys semifinal.
Youth is served for Brentwood Academy as 5-foot-10 freshman Darius Garland leads the Eagles with 12.8 points per game, while 6-0 sophomore Jeremiah Oatsvall contributes 11.2 points an outing. Brentwood has won four state titles.
Briarcrest is led by junior Micah Thomas with 13.9 points and 4.3 rebounds a game, and 6-5, 185-pound junior Will Hrubes with 12.7 points and 4.6 rebounds.
The first afternoon game is the second girls semifinal between Harpeth Hall and Briarcrest at 1:15 p.m.
Five-seven junior Shelby Nutter averages 14.1 points a game for Harpeth Hall, 5-11 junior Raleigh Potts contributes 10.7 points, and 6-1 sophomore Lauren Bars collects 8.2 points and 5.7 rebounds.
Briarcrest’s 5-10 senior identical twins Elise and Brynn Holden have nearly identical statistics as Elise averages 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds a game, and Brynn averages 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds. Both will attend the University of North Alabama next year.
The first day’s activities will wrap up with the 2:25 p.m. contest featuring Ensworth (15-11) and Christian Brothers (28-0) in the second boys semifinal.
Mr. Basketball finalist 6-2, 165-pound Jordan Bone averages Ensworth team highs of 16.2 points and 4.3 assists, while 6-3, 160-pound junior Desmond Cambridge adds 11.5 points a contest.
Six-four sophomore Will Douglas averages 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Christian Brothers, while 5-9 junior Undra Wilson and 6-3 senior Shunterio Alexander both average 11 points.
Friday will feature all Class A contests, led off by the Franklin Road Academy and Harding Academy (25-6) girls contest at 10:00 a.m.
Six-one senior Kennedi Bell averages 15.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for FRA, followed by 5-6 sophomore Riley Casey with 11.1 points and 5.2 rebounds a contest, and 60 three-pointers for the season.
Sophomore Antoinette Lewis averages 14.9 points and 6.6 rebounds for Harding Academy, while junior Anna Horner contributes 9.6 points and 4.9 rebounds.
Then, at 11:30 a.m., Battle Ground Academy (22-8) and Harding Academy will tangle in the first boys semifinal at 11:30 a.m.
Six-three junior Terrell Webster leads the BGA Wildcats both in scoring (14.8) and rebounding (7.9), while senior Daniel Crockett leads the team in both assists (3.3) and steals (2.2).
Anthony Yarbrough leads Harding Academy with 17.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while Troy West adds 9.1 points and a team-high 2.1 assists.
In the first afternoon contest at 1:15 p.m., Webb School of Knoxville (28-4) will take on Northpoint Christian School in the second girls semifinal.
Five-eight junior Micah Scheetz leads Webb School with 20.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, while 5-7 senior Katie Collier chips in 14.2 points and 3.3 rebounds.
Two young but talented players lead Northpoint, as freshman Lauren Gross averages a team-high 15.9 points, and sophomore Ashtyn Baker collects 12.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.1 steals per outing.
Friday’s competition concludes with a 2:45 p.m. tussle between Davidson Academy (22-8) and St. George’s (26-4) in the second boys semifinal.
Davidson Academy’s 6-foot-9, 205-pound senior center Dakota Quinn averages 14.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.5 blocks, while 6-1, 165-pound senior Anthony Williams averages 13.4 points and 3.3 assists.
St. George’s is led by senior Justin Wertner, who has been a Mr. Basketball finalist each of the past two years. He averages 18.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Sophomore Chase Hayden averages 14 points and a team-high 6.2 assists.
Four state champions will be crowned Saturday, starting off with the girls Class AA championship game at 1:00 p.m., followed by the Class AA boys title tilt at 3:00 p.m., the Class A girls state championship at 5:30 p.m., and wrapped up with the Class A boys state championship at 7:30 p.m.