Class AA State Tournament Preview… Part II


Class AA


Hometown: Strawberry Plains

Nickname: Hornets

Record: 21-11

District: 3AA

Region: 2AA

Coach: Tony Buell

Top Players: Lester Wilson, Joe Meady, Landry Stanton

Region Final: 62-47 loss to Fulton 

Sub-State: 67-61 winner over Union County


Exciting things are happening at Carter. Coach Buell has talent and led by sophomore Lester Wilson, a go to player in the clutch. They meet the pre-tourney favorite BTW in the first round so we'll see quickly what the Hornets are made of. 





Hometown: Memphis

Nickname: Warriors

Record: 27-2

District: 15AA

Region: 8AA

Coach: Fred Horton

Top Players: Larry McGaughey, Douglas Rosser, Travis Bridges

Region Final: 78-66 winner over Sheffield

Sub-State: 86-74 winner over Dyer County


Back in state after a few years away. This group of Warriors is ready to make their presence felt right from the jump. McGaughey is a next level talent and is surrounded by quickness and athleticism. Martavious Newby, a freshman point guard, will be a catalyst in the Warroirs quest for the title. 





Hometown: Chattanooga

Nickname: Panthers

Record: 26-6

District: 5AA

Region: 3AA

Coach: Robert High

Top Players: Fred Sturdivant, Fred Jones, Anthony Broome

Region Final: 60-54 winner over Tyner Academy

Sub-State: 60-54 winner over Upperman


The Panthers will go as far as Fred Sturdivant will take them. The talented 6'6 senior is the man everything runs through on both sides of the court. He had 25 and double digit boards in the sub-state win while rejecting more errant tosses than Meaghan Fox.  His length and atheltic skill will be hard for Lipscomb to duplicate. 





Hometown: Nashville

Nickname: Mustangs

Record: 26-6

District: 9AA

Region: 5AA

Coach; Michael McPherson

Top Players: Carter Sanderson, Andrew Dickerson, Blake Bell

Region Final: 99-94 winner over Marshall County

Sub-State: 75-68 winner over Harpeth


Balance and toughness define the Mustangs and this grit has them exactly where they wished to be at this point in their season. They can come at with numerous players who can shoot, defend and all play with passion and toughness. They will try to dictate tempo and if successful could move to the next round.