Ensworth Teams Slam Father Ryan
Both the Ensworth boys and girls varsity basketball teams suffered heart-breaking losses to Brentwood Academy to start their week, but each showed great determination by coming back and earning huge District victories against rival Father Ryan.
The Tigers took the Number 1 ranked BA, with its 16-1 record to overtime before falling 70-63 on Tuesday night. But the Ensworth came back Friday and beat Father Ryan 45- 38 to improve their own record to 14-7.
The Lady Tigers had a tough time scoring against the 21-4 Brentwood Academy, losing 49-28 on Tuesday.But they came back strong Friday night and upset the previously unbeaten Father Ryan 44-31. The 44 points were the most Father Ryan has given up all year. The Lady Tigers improved their record to 12-3.
James Wiseman had another strong week for the Tigers. The sophomore led his team in scoring in both games and was a force on the boards.
Against top-ranked BA, the action was back and forth with neither team able to seize much of a lead.
BA outscored Ensworth 15-14 in the first and 18-17 in the second to take a 33-31 lead at halftime.
But the Tigers battle back in the third and took a one-point lead going into the fourth. BA managed to tie the game at 58-58 after regulation and force OT.
Unfortunately the Tigers stuttered in OT and BA earned the win.
Wiseman had 18 points, while Warren Zager added 15 and Omani Starling 12 points for Ensworth.
Against Father Ryan, the Tigers controlled the game from start to finish, leading 18-15 at the half. Father Ryan managed to tie it 26-26 after three, but the Tigers pulled away in the fourth for the win.
Wiseman, Zager and Starling led the way again, scoring 13, 12 and 11 points respectively.
For the Lady Tigers, Annabel Frist, Dontavia Waggoner and Jordyn Cambridge each scored in double figures to lead the way in the big upset of Father Ryan.
Ensworth never trailed, jumping out to a 15-9 lead after one, and 23-14 at the half. They stretched the lead to 34-22 after three and held on for the victory.
Carolina Cowles scored eight points for the Lady Tigers, while Akiya Harris and Kaiya Wynn each added two points for Ensworth.