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There would be no magical tournament run for the Midway Middle School Green Waves or Cherokee Lady Yellow Jackets as both would drop opening round games in the TMSAA East Tennessee Sectional Tournament played in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge.
Cherokee took on Unicoi County Saturday morning and dropped a 37-24 decision in the AAA bracket.
Midway played later in the day and lost a heartbreaking 66-60 decision in overtime against Hampton.
With those losses, only two teams from Roane County remain alive. Oliver Springs’ girls and Rockwood boys open play Wednesday evening in Pigeon Forge in the AA tournament.
A slow start for Cherokee combined with great three-point shooting from Unicoi County were too much for Ashlee Brackett’s squad to overcome in Saturday’s 13-point loss.
Cherokee did not score in the opening period as the Lady Devils raced out to an 11-0 lead after six minutes of play.
Most of Unicoi’s offense came from long range in the first quarter as the Lady Devils hit three three-pointers, two by Haley Webb.
Webb buried two more triples in the second quarter, but that would be all the points Unicoi County would score in the period as the Lady Devils led 17-6 at halftime.
Sydney Nunley scored four of Cherokee’s six points in the first half.
Cherokee played better in the third quarter and pulled within 22-15 at one point, but Webb would bury another trey late in the quarter as the Lady Devils led 27-17 with six minutes left to play.
Cherokee was unable to make a run in the final period as Unicoi County advanced with the 37-24 victory.
Nunley led the Lady Jackets on the day with eight points and 16 rebounds. Kalli Sampson (7 points, 3 steals) and Briley Garrett (6 points) also scored well for Cherokee in the loss.
Webb buried five three-pointers and scored a game-high 15 points for Unicoi County. Webb also dished out five assists.
Cherokee (24) Nunley 8, Sampson 7, Garrett 6, Thurman 3.
Midway vs. Hampton
After losing star Jacob Cawood to a knee injury in the final week of the regular season, Midway wasn’t supposed to put up much of a fight against a strong Hampton squad. Midway, however, played with fire in their eyes all day and narrowly missed out on pulling the upset, falling in overtime, 66-60.
The pace of Saturday’s game was set early as both teams raced up and down the floor with Hampton holding a 14-13 lead after six minutes of play.
The second quarter was also fast paced, but it appeared the Bulldogs were starting to gain control as they took a 32-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Hampton’s lead grew to as many as 13 points (44-31) midway through the third quarter, but before the Bulldogs could deliver the knockout blow, Midway came roaring back.
Midway ended the period on an 8-2 run to close to within 46-39 with one quarter left to play.
Midway’s run continued to start the final period and after an offensive put back from Jason Gaus, Midway trailed just 46-45 with 4:25 left to play.
Hampton regrouped and would hold a 53-50 lead heading into the final minute, but an old-fashioned three-point play from Midway’s Mason Woody tied the game at 53 with 54.6 seconds left.
After Hampton missed two free throws, Midway took their first lead since the first half when Zach Edwards hit a short jumper with 22 seconds left.
Hampton, however, answered quickly as Cameron Miller drove the length of the quarter and scored with 13 seconds left to tie the game at 55.
Both teams would have one last chance in regulation, but neither would score as the teams headed to overtime.
Things didn’t go so well for the Green Waves in overtime as the Bulldogs scored six points in the first 53 seconds to grab a 61-55 lead.
Midway closed the gap to 61-57 on a pair of free throws from Gaus, but the Green Waves would get no closer as Hampton advanced to the quarterfinals with a six-point victory.
Gaus (20 points, 13 rebounds) and Woody (19 points, 3 steals) led Midway in defeat.
Miller (15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists), Tyler Moody (13 points, 11 rebounds), Cheyenne Camilo (13 points, 13 rebounds) and Austin Cornett (13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) all scored in double figures for Hampton.
Midway (60) Gaus 20, Hester 2, Woody 19, Hashmi 3, Edwards 5, Dishner 6, Schommer 5.