Mt. Pisgah finishes 3rd in TAACS state tourney

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

The Mt. Pisgah Patriots were hoping last week’s trip to Springfield would result in a Tennessee Athletic Association of Christian Schools (TAACS) State Tournament title.

The trip got off to a great start as the Patriots knocked off the South Haven Christian School Patriots, 59-51, in the TAACS quarterfinals.

The semifinals on Friday didn’t go as well as the Patriots ran into a buzz saw in eventual tournament champion, Lighthouse Christian School. The Lions built a big lead in the first quarter and rolled to a 91-61 victory.

Mt. Pisgah vs. South Haven

In a battle of Patriots, it was the Roane County squad that picked up a 59-51 victory.

Mt. Pisgah’s Ryan Flatt got off to a great start. Flatt scored 12 points in the opening period, and that allowed the Patriots to grab a 20-12 lead after eight minutes of play.

The scoring pace slowed in the second period for Mt. Pisgah as South Haven won the period 14-12 to pull within 32-26 at halftime.

The Parrotts, Samuel and Braden, combined for eight of Mt. Pisgah’s points in the second quarter while Luke Dalton paced South Haven with 14 first half points.

The third period was also close, but Mt. Pisgah outscored South Haven 12-9 in the frame to make the score 44-35 after three periods of play.

Mark Ladd led the way for Mt. Pisgah with six points in the third quarter.

South Haven made a run at the Patriots in the final period, but the Patriots hit their free throws down the stretch to put the finishing touches on their eight-point victory.

Braden Parrott (15 points), Samuel Parrott (14 points), Ladd (14 points) and Flatt (13 points) all scored in double figures for Mt. Pisgah on the night while South Haven’s Dalton led all scorers with 24 points.

Mt. Pisgah (59) S. Parrott 14, Flatt 13, Ladd 14, B. Parrott 15, Stracener 3.

Mt. Pisgah vs. Lighthouse

The Lions came out on fire and hit Mt. Pisgah with an early haymaker. Lighthouse’s Chase Nappier buried three three-pointers and scored 11 points while Tripp Davis added 10 in leading the Lions to a 32-11 lead after one quarter of play.

The Patriots played better in the second period as they won the frame by two points to pull within 46-27 at halftime.

Samuel Parrott led Mt. Pisgah with 12 points in the first half while Ladd added seven.

Any hopes of a Mt. Pisgah victory went away in the third period. Nappier and Davis combined for 13 points in the frame as the Lions led 69-42 after three periods of play.

The fourth quarter was high scoring with Lighthouse going on to the 91-61 victory.

Ladd (20 points), Braden Parrott (15 points) and Samuel Parrott (14 points) scored in double figures for Mt. Pisgah in the loss while Davis (25 points), Nappier (17 points), William Raufmann (12 points) and Bryan Gray (11 points) all scored in double figures for the Lions.

 Mt. Pisgah (61) Flatt 6, S. Parrott 14, Ladd 20, B. Parrott 15, Stracener 6.