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The Mount Pisgah Patriots and Lady Patriots made history earlier today as both advanced to Saturday’s Tennessee Association of Christian Schools (TAACS) Class A State Championship with semifinal victories.
The Lady Patriots took the floor first and picked up an easy 46-21 victory over Calvary Christian School of Forest City, Ark.
Mount Pisgah’s boys had a much rougher time, but they still advanced with a 59-52 victory over Shenandoah.
The Lady Patriots and Patriots will play again tomorrow for the state championship. The Lady Patriots will play at 11 a.m. followed by the boys at 12:30 p.m.
Entering play on Friday, all eyes were on the knee of Mount Pisgah’s Morgan Walls. She hurt her knee during last week’s region championship game, but she didn’t seem any worse for wear as she pumped in a game-high 17 points in leading the Lady Patriots to a 46-21 victory.
Walls got off to a fast start as she scored off the opening tip. She didn’t slow much in the opening period as she scored eight points in leading Mount Pisgah to a 14-3 lead after eight minutes of play.
Walls also had a solid second quarter. She buried a 3-pointer and scored five points as Mount Pisgah outscored Calvary 13-10 in the stanza to take a 27-13 lead at halftime.
The third quarter would see Mount Pisgah put the game away. The Lady Patriots scored just eight points in the frame, but they allowed only two in taking a 35-15 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Eagles never made a run in the final period as Mount Pisgah added five more points to its lead on the way to a 46-21 victory.
Besides Walls’ 17 points, Abby Weir (11 points) and Sonja Miller (10 points) scored in double figures for the Lady Patriots.
Claire Hill scored 11 points to lead the Lady Eagles in defeat.
Mount Pisgah (46) Bullard 4, Weir 11, McMahan 1, Walls 17, Miller 10, Kring 3.
It wasn’t easy, but the Patriots survived a major scare before knocking off the Lions, 59-52.
The first period of Friday’s game was a back-and-forth affair that featured three ties and three lead changes before the squads went into the second period with Shenandoah holding a 16-14 lead.
Samuel Parrott got off to great start for Mount Pisgah with seven points while Shenandoah’s Drew Buck led all scorers with eight.
Mount Pisgah did receive an emotional boost in the opening quarter when Colby Turner took the floor with four minutes remaining. Turner had been out with a knee injury, but tried to play through the pain by wearing a brace.
Turner did hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter and he opened the second period with a bucket that tied the game at 16, but he reinjured his knee with 6:05 left in the first half.
The second period would see the Lions take a 21-16 lead before Parrott buried three 3-pointers in a 10-0 Patriot run that made the score 27-21 in favor of Mount Pisgah.
Shenandoah, however, ended the half on a 7-1 run to tie thing at 28 at intermission.
The score remained tied at 33 early in the third period, but that’s when Mount Pisgah went on a run. Powered by three 3-pointers from Parrott, Mount Pisgah ended the period on a 13-2 run that made the score 48-35 entering the fourth quarter.
Parrott (11 points) and Mark Ladd (9 points) combined for all 20 of Mount Pisgah’s points in the final period.
Ladd opened the final period with four straight points that made the score 52-35 with five minutes remaining, but there would be no cruising to victory for the Patriots.
In a span of one minute, Shenandoah buried three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in cutting the lead to 52-46. Joshua Davis ended the run with a free throw that made the score 53-46, but the Lions ripped off another six points in a row to pull within 53-52 with 1:30 left to play.
Mount Pisgah, however, regrouped just in time. The Patriots hit six straight free throws in the final 1:23 to put the finishing touches on its semifinal victory.
The duo of Ladd and Parrott led Mount Pisgah on the afternoon. Parrott drained seven 3-pointers and scored 30 points. He also had 13 rebounds. Ladd was next in line with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Patriots.
Buck scored 26 points for the Lions in defeat.
Mount Pisgah (59) Parrott 30, Ladd 17, Davis 5, Harris 2, Turner 5.