The teams that will play for the Class 3A and Class 1A state championships will be decided on Friday. There are four West Tennessee teams playing.
Here are the results:
South Side 49, Page 46: After trailing by 13 with under a minute remaining in the first half, the Lady Hawks (24-2) put together a strong second half to come from behind and play for the program’s first state championship.
South Side junior Ti’Mia Lawson scored 16 of her game-high 20 points in the second half t hep aid the comeback.
The pressure defense that West Tennessee know is coming from the Lady Hawks played a key role in the semifinal win, as Page wore down in the second.
Lawson recorded a double-double with 13 rebounds to help South Side hold a plus-eight advantage in the rebounding category.
Albany Collins scored 17 points to go with four steals and four rebounds for South Side.
South Side plays Upperman for the Class 3A state championship at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday
McKenzie 58, Gleason 46: The Lady Rebels will play for the first state championship in program history on Saturday after knocking off Gleason for the second time this season.
The advantage for McKenzie came on the boards as the Lady Rebels outrebounded Gleason 30-20, including a 14-3 advantage on offensive boards.
Those 14 offensive rebounds resulted in 18 second-chance points for the Lady Rebels.
Sophomore Savannah Davis, a Class 1A Miss Basketball finalist, had a breakout game with 24 points to go with nine rebounds. Senior Dani Dyer had a second straight strong performance at the state tournament with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Gleason was led by Carrington Lifsey with 19 points, while Alayna Anderson added 14 points.
McKenzie plays Wayne County for the Class 1A state championship at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Wayne County 76, Dresden 55: After winning the program’s first game in 95 years, the Lady Lions fell in the semifinals. But the positive is that Dresden has no seniors and will return the entire roster.
Wayne County came close to breaking a state tournament record by hitting its first 19 free throws of the game before missing No. 20. The state tournament record was 21 straight made free throws by Bradford in 2001 against Wayne County.
The Lady Wildcats finished 31-of-33 from the free throw line led by Savanna McClain, who was 12-of-12. She finished with 24 points.
Dresden was led by Lucy Curry with a game-high 29 points to go with four assists, while Paisley Pittman added 12 points.