Day two of the Corey Brewer Christmas Tournament at Portland High School will continue December 22 with eight games on tap. 

In the girls bracket, Stewarts Creek will play Coffee County at 6:30 p.m. in the championship, while Ravenwood will take on Summertown (3:30 p.m.) in the third-place game. 

On the bracket's consolation side, Portland will play JPII (noon) in the fifth-place game and Gordonsville will play Page (9 a.m.) in the seventh-place game. 

In the boys bracket, Beech will play JPII at 8 p.m. in the championship, while Clarksville Academy will play Gordonsville (5 p.m.) in the third-place game. 

On the bracket's consolation side, Davidson Academy will play Portland (1:30 p.m.) in the fifth-place game and Harriman will play Dickson County in the seventh-place game (10:30 a.m.). 

All games on December 22 will be played at Portland High School.

Below are recaps and scores from day one: 

Lady Panthers defeat Gordonsville 55-41

PORTLAND — Portland bounced back from a tough opening game loss to Stewarts Creek to start the day, by defeating Gordonsville 55-41 at Portland East Middle School.

The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 10-8 lead after the first quarter, but the Lady Tigers stayed neck-and-neck with Portland, clinging to a 19-16 deficit at the break. 

Coming out of the locker room, Portland tallied 20 total points in the eight-minute stretch, mainly from senior guard Lillie Whitehead — who finished with eight in the quarter. 

Whitehead's combination of good footwork inside the paint, the ability to run in space following a steal and draw fouls, No. 23 kept the Lady Panthers in front by as many as 10 in the third frame. 

“In the second half, Lillie was huge for us,” Portland head coach Scott Steinbrecher said. “We have to make winning plays on the defensive end, and we did that in the second half. I think you see when Lillie gets out in the open floor like that, she is pretty good.” 

Leading by nine midway through the fourth quarter, Gordonsville cut their deficit to six but could never get over the hump as they dropped their second game of the day, by 14. 

Portland extended their lead to 14 with one minute left in the game when Whitehead found Rayleigh Hester for the easy two point score. 

Winning 51-37, Portland tallied their four final points on free throws, winning their second game of the season. 

The victory came at Portland East Middle School, where Portland head coach Scott Steinbrecher got his start coaching basketball. 

“It feels cool to be back in the gym that started my basketball coaching career,” he said. “Even for the girls, I know it was cool to be back — this was our home away from home during AAU ball.”

As for running an eight-team Christmas tournament during the COVID-19 pandemic, the two-day play-day is nothing short of remarkable. 

“Good support around,” Steinbrecher said of how. “Coaches understand where we are in terms of fan attendance and being grateful to play. Everyone at Portland High School from Mr. Woods down has contributed a huge hand in making sure this tournament is well-run.” 

Portland will play JPII in the consolation bracket at noon at Portland High School on December 22. 

Box Score: 

Portland (55): Lillie Whitehead 20, Rayleigh Hester 9, Eme Loza 9, Cheyenne Gregory 8, Katie McCloud 5, Kayla Wasilko 4. 

Gordonsville (41): Lily Manor 10, Courtney Dillard 8, Cati Vaden 7, Katie Grandstaff 6, Olivia Brown 5, Averie Crawford 5. 

 

Bucs dominate Gordonsville by 35

Beech will play for the Corey Brewer Christmas Tournament Championship on December 22 at 8 p.m. after defeating Gordonsville in the semifinals, 68-33 Monday afternoon. 

Luke Fleming led all scorers with 22 points while Kristian Shaw poured in 19 points. 

Leading 24-12 midway through the second quarter, Beech put together a 19-3 run to end the final minutes of the second quarter, extending their lead to 43-15 at the break. 

More defensive dominance in the third frame pushed the Bucs out to 60-23 after 24 minutes, as Fleming and Shaw combined for 13 of the team’s 17 points. 

By the fourth frame, the damage was done as both teams elected to play their bench the final eight minutes of the game. 

“We were good defensively both games, offensively we were not good first game, but Kristian bailed us out. In the second game, we were much crisper, playing the style we want to play. I'm proud of them for getting after it and making it tough on the other teams."

For Shaw, the junior capped off his two-day scoring total with 51 points. A talented scorer, he has taken on a different role this season with senior Kaleb Powell sidelined due to knee surgery. 

“I feel good; I just need to continue to be confident and lead this team the best I can,” Shaw said. “Kaleb is the leader of the team, so it wasn’t normal to start the season with me in this role, but I got to keep going.”

The Bucs will play after the Corey Brewer Christmas Tournament in the Father Ryan Invitational December 28-30. 

“It was good to get two in today,” Beech head coach Kip Brown said. “We are keeping our fingers crossed as to when we will play again. I think I speak for everyone on our team when I say we appreciate the game a little more than usual because you don’t know what will happen with our season.” 

Beech will play for the Corey Brewer Christmas Tournament Championship at 8 p.m. on December 22 at Portland High School.  

Box Score: 

Beech (68): Luke Fleming 22, Kristian Shaw 19, Andrew Paige 9, Bradley Wheeler 5, Xaviere Jones 3, Adrian Johnson 2, JP Courtney 2, Jackson Long 2, Luke Sinnard 2, Maddox Sorenson 2.

Gordonsville (33): Tyler Gregory 11, Isaac Flatt 8, David Drive 4, Wyatt Pemberton 2, Will Dudney 2, Seth Manor 2, Darrell Holt 2, Andrew Vaden 2. 

 

Third quarter propels Red Raiders past JPII 

The Coffee County Lady Red Raiders used a 14-0 run to end the third quarter to propel themselves into the winner’s bracket semifinals following a convincing 50-32 victory over Pope John Paul II. 

Trailing the majority of the game, JPII cut into the Lady Red Raider deficit, 31-26 with five minutes left in the third quarter, but a series of six consecutive offensive possessions by the Lady Knights ended in either a steal or turnover out-of-bounds.

“Offensively, we couldn’t get anything going tonight and we just turned it over too much,” JPII head coach Angi Puckett said. “Defensively, we wanted to take away their high low action, but they did a good job of executing.” 

Compounding the Lady Knights self-inflicting wounds, Coffee County successfully scored on six straight possessions. 

Leading by 19 entering the fourth quarter, Coffee County mostly ran their offense looking for anything inside the paint or a Bella Vinson outside jumper. 

The Lipscomb commit finished with 19 points, including 11 points in the first half. 

The loss drops JPII into the consolation bracket, where they will face off against Portland High School. 

“We were looking forward to this tournament because we knew there was great competition here that would prepare us for our region schedule after we get back from break,” Puckett said. 

Box Score: 

Coffee County (50): Bella Vinson 19, Jalie Ruehling 9, Chumley 8, Reel 7, Emma Farkles 4, Gannon 3

JPII (32): Lillie Van Metre 8, La Pearson 7, Keonna Chumbley 7, Alex Gift 4, Katie Shea Collins 3, Bethany Howard 1, Camaya Keaton 1, Katelyn O’Neil 1. 

 

Cougars hold off late comeback from Portland

Clarksville Academy used a 14-2 run to the end of the third quarter, helping seal the victory over host Portland Monday night, 56-51. 

The Cougars had three scorers in double figures against Portland as Jac Wyatt paced his team with 13 while Eddie Ricks and Keith Richburg added 12 each. 

However, the victory did not come without a fight from the Panthers.

After falling behind 45-36 at the end of the third frame, Portland outscored Clarksville Academy 15-11, but with only one minute to play, there wasn’t enough time on the clock for the Panthers to complete their comeback bid. 

“We have to do a better job late in the fourth quarter than we did tonight,” Clarksville Academy head coach Tyler Hickman said. “We’ve been talking defense, so that stretch where we go on that big run really lifted us.”

Both teams were tied 13-13 at the end of the first quarter but a 13-11 scoring advantage for the Cougars in the second frame pushed Clarksville Academy out in front, 26-24. 

Portland jumped out to a 34-31 lead with 4:25 remaining but did not score another basket until a Duncan Smallwood layup as the third quarter expired. 

Portland will take on Harriman in the consolation bracket while Clarksville Academy plays JPII in the semifinal round. 

Box Score: 

CA (56): Jac Wyatt 13, Keith Richburg 12, Eddie Ricks 12, Cooper Wallace 8, DJ Merriweather 6, Paris Bratcher 3, Gabe Suiter 2. 

Portland (51): Duncan Smallwood 16, Hunter Hicks 12, Caeson Utley 9, Chase Runyon 5, Dawson Kennedy 4, Freddie Paxton 3, Bradon Thornton 2. 

 

Third quarter run lifts JPII into tournament championship 

In the evening's final game, Pope John Paul II defeated Clarksville Academy 63-50, earning a trip to the Corey Brewer Christmas Tournament Championship Game. 

The Knights will take on cross-town foe Beech High School after the Bucs defeated Dickson County and Gordonsville to get to the tournament's final game. 

“We don’t like playing each other,” JPII head coach Charles Wade said of the matchup. “It’s not a do-or-die game, but we are two familiar programs. I love Kip to death, but I want to beat him and he would tell you the same thing.”

The two Sumner Count foes will square off at Portland High School with tip-off scheduled for 8 p.m.

As for the Knights’ game against the Cougars, JPII jumped out early, 18-6, after the first frame leaving fans in attendance wondering if they were about to witness a blowout. 

To the Cougars’ credit, they clawed and fought their way back, mostly on the back of sophomore Eddie Ricks, who scored 15 first half points to give his team the 27-25 lead at the break. 

However, the third quarter belonged to the Knights. 

A combination of great defense in stretches, easy transition baskets, timely 3-pointers and leaders making plays, the Knights found themselves in a good spot after 24 minutes. 

Tied at 30, JPII went on a 21-4 run in the final seven minutes of the third frame to take a commanding 51-34 lead into the fourth quarter.

Wade said of the Knights’ second half adjustments: 

“We tried to get into him (Ricks) and make everything tough,” Wade said of Ricks. “We wanted to make him use his teammates to beat us.” 

The fourth quarter saw more back-and-forth scoring, but the damage was done as JPII picked up their eighth win of the season. 

Box Score: 

JPII (63): Sam Specht 18, Sabino Otira 16, Tristan Conger 10, Kilon Williams 8, Elijah Hollins 7, Eli Specht 4

Clarksville Academy (50): Eddie Ricks 20, Keith Richburg 9, DJ Merreweather 6, Paris Pridgen 5, Paxton Samuels 5, Cooper Wallace 4, Jac Wyatt 1

Other Games: 

Girls 

Stewarts Creek def. Portland - 1st Rd. 

Stewarts Creek def. Ravenwood - Semis 

Summertown def. Page - 1st Rd. 

Coffee Co. def. Summertown - Semis 

JPII def. Page - consolation semis 

Boys

Beech def. Dickson Co. - 1st Rd. 

JPII def. Harriman - 1st Rd. 

Davidson Co. - consolation semis 

Portland def. Harriman - consolation semis 

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