Top-Ranked Generals Ready for Playoffs
By Corby Lucas
Harding Academy AD
The Harding Academy boys and girls basketball teams enter the final stretch of their 2016-17 seasons having experienced a tremendous amount of success.
Both teams enter the Greater Nashville Athletic Conference tournament with the number one seed. The first round of the tournament is this Thursday, Feb. 9 with the semi-final and finals of the tournament being hosted by Poplar Grove School in Franklin on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11.
The Harding boys have compiled a 14-1 record to this point in the season. The Generals have had two consecutive 3-0 weeks and have gone 9-0 since Jan. 13.
Two weeks ago they scored victories over Davidson Academy (43-24), Clarksville Academy (64-40) and Merrol Hyde Magnet (45-22). The boys avenged their only loss of the season by playing their most complete game of the year against a Davidson Academy team that was previously unbeaten.
This past week the boys defeated Mt. Juliet Christian (52-28), Overbrook (49-22) and Nashville Christian (35-31). Greydon Franck ‘17 has led the Generals these last few weeks averaging 17.1 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3 blocks per game.
Reid Buschmann has also been hot lately, averaging nearly 12 points.
Coach Jason Embry is aiming to take the Generals to their third consecutive appearance in the GNAC boys championship game having finished as champions in 2015 and runners-up in 2016.
The Harding girls are currently 13-2 on the year, with an 13-1 conference record under the leadership of Coach Chris Holleman.
The girls’ only losses to this point are to out of conference opponent Harpeth Hall and in-conference foe Davidson Academy. The Generals defeated Nashville Christian (32-25) last week to earn the tournament’s number one seed, along with victories over Mt. Juliet Christian (34-16) and Clarksville Academy (47-12).
Top individual performances have come from sisters Ella and Olivia Craig, both seventh graders who have consistently been top point scorers for the Generals.
Kendall Burch ‘18 brings intensity and hustle to the court on a nightly basis, along with a scoring presence.
The girls are seeking their fourth consecutive tournament championship, which would match a Harding Academy run of four championships from 2005-2008.