Playoff Picture Becoming Clearer

"The home of hometown heroes"

By Mike Hastings

  TSSAA playoff basketball action will begin hot and heavy this week as Christ Presbyterian Academy and Hillwood High School boys and girls teams begin regional play.

  Ensworth is wrapping up its regular season this week with the boys and girls teams both taking on Pope John Paul II on Tuesday and Father Ryan on Thursday.  Their playoff run will begin next week.

  The CPA girls team earned their way into the regional tournament by beating Ezell-Harding 56-36 in the quarterfinals before bowing to second-ranked Providence Christian 50-41 in the semifinals.

  The Lady Lions then beat BGA 39-31 in the consolation game.

  The Lady Lions will take on Friendship Christian at home tonight.  The quarterfinal game will begin at 6 p.m.

  If they can win that game, they will take on the winner of the University School vs Providence Christian game in the semifinals on Friday at 3:30.

  The Championship game will be Saturday at 2:30.

  The CPA boys team advanced by beating Ezell-Harding 66-53 in the district quarterfinals.  Then Lions then beat Franklin Road Academy 57-34 in the semifinals last Friday.

  That set up a match-up against the Webb School in the district finals Saturday.  Unfortunately for the Lions, they lost that contest 61-49.

  The Lions will begin their regional run on Wednesday against Donelson Christian Academy at home at 6 p.m.

  The winner of that game will take on the winner of the BGA vs Goodpasture on Friday night.  The Championship game will be played Saturday at 4 p.m.

  See a wrap-up on Hillwood on Page 3.

  Ensworth played a very tough schedule at the end of their regular season - including the girls taking on top-ranked Brentwood Academy.  The Lady Tigers lost a closely-contested game 50-47.

  Dontavia Waggoner scored 25 points and Kiya Wynn added 14 to lead Ensworth.

  The Ensworth boys team took on MBA, McCallie and Brentwood Academy last week, losing all three contests.  

  The Tigers fell to MBA 73-58, then McCallie 61-46, before finally bowing to BA 79-58.

  Dominic Wynn led the Tigers with 17 points against BA, while Keyshawn Collier scored 12 and Warren Zager 11 points.

  Darius Garland had 42 for BA.