Thats where it stands between Franklin and Independence in district 11AAA as we speak with a showdown looming tonight in Franklin.
Blake Carden (Independence) looks to help his boys get a big win in the house of the Rebels after a last second Haddix shot defeated them earlier in the season.
The Franklin contingent may have something to say about this and big James Haddix (Franklin) is ready to put his signature on this rivalry tonight.
Should be an instant classic in the mid-state.
1. Bearden (2) 20-1
Huge game with district rival Maryville on Tuesday then the granddaddy with national power Oak Hill.
Next Game: Maryville (1/20); Oak Hill Academy (1/23)
2. Melrose (3) 17-1
Continue to dominate the city with extreme depth and talented youth.
Next Game: @ Hamilton (1/20); Memphis East ((1/23)
3. Austin East (4) 17-0
Huge win against Fulton keeps the Raodrunners unbeaten and primed for March.
Next Game: @ Carter (1/20); @ Loudon (1/22); Seymour (1/23)
4. Dyer County (5) 20-0
Another close victory shows their experience and winning mentality.
Next Game: @ Crockett County (1/20); @ Gibson County (1/23)
5. Raleigh-Egypt (1) 18-2
Big loss to district rival Craigmont moves them from the top spot.
Next Game: Arlington (1/20)
6. BTW (8) 13-1
Larry McGaughey went crazy with a 40 point night and BTW continues to roll along.
Next Game: Trezevant (1/20); @ Hillcrest (1/22); Frayser (1/23)
7. Ridgeway (7) 15-4
Roadrunners go rolling along waiting for the upcoming rematch with The Station.
Next Game: @ Overton (1/20)
8. White Station (6) 12-5
Spartans lost, but to a nationally ranked squad who sports the nations top player.
Next Game: Houston (1/20); @ Kirby (1/24)
9. Ensworth (9) 18-2
Appear to be the class of the DII ranks in the mid-state area, should be a fun time come March.
Next Game: @ Pope John Paul (1/20); Father Ryan (1/23)
10. Livingston Academy (10) 19-1
Huge game with district rival Upperman may prove to be seed that plants LA a permanent spot in the 'boro.
Next Game: @ Upperman (1/20); @ Macon County (1/23)
T11. Siegel (11) 13-4
Stars piling up the points as they settle into their district dominance phase. Confidence is very sexy.
Next Game: @ Riverdale (1/20); White County (1/23)
T11. Craigmont (NR) 16-3
How can you leave them out. Beat the top dog and continue to improve. Dangerous lineup could be a problem for others.
12. Humboldt (12) 17-0
This district continues to impress and this year Humboldt has the squad. A pending Manassas state final could be glorious.
Next Game: @ Gleason (1/20); Greenfield (1/23)
13. Walker Valley (13) 20-1
I'm heading out there tomorrow to check out the story that is Walker Valley. Can't wait.
Next Game: Red Bank (1/20); @ Cleveland (1/23)
On the Rim (Listed Alphabetically)
Bolivar Central 12-2
Briarcrest Christian 15-6
Lake County 16-1
Liberty Tech 17-2
Marshall County 13-3
Three wins for the Saints means more to Leslie McDonald (Briarcrest Christian) than any points he scored.
The North Carolina signee had a terrific week leading Briarcrest to three big wins. McDonald dropped 28 early in the week in a 58-57 battle against MUS, followed that with 18 against Treadwell and finished with 26 points in a tough win against St. George's.
Under the radar players seem to be the norm in the Memphis area.
Markese Wilson (Wooddale) is another rising talent in the city. The junior had a fantastic week scoring 33 points against Houston and finishing up the week with 30 more against Collierville.
A couple of efforts deserve special mention including, Larry McGaughey (BTW) scored 40 in a win against Douglass, John Jenkins (Station Camp) dropped 41 against DCA and Deonte Alexander (Glencliff) added 41 in a tough win against Hunter's Lane.
The remainder of the scoring list for Week #9 is as follows:
Skyler McBee (Grainger) 33pts vs. Cherokee
Casey Prather (Jackson Northside) 31pts vs. Jackson Central-Merry
Jonathan Milewski (ECS) 37pts vs. Kingsbury
Jerome Montgomery (Ooltewah) 31pts vs. McMinn County
Casey Prather (Jackson Northside) 26pts vs. Hillcrest
Kent Benjamin (Sevier County) 27pts vs. Lenoir City
Meiko Lyles (USN) 27pts vs. Ensworth
Harold Jenkins (Antioch) 26pts vs. Mt. Juliet
David Ware (Walker Valley) 38pts vs. Baylor
Cole Tucker (Whitwell) 29pts vs. Lookout Valley
Zach Norman (Campbell County) 26pts vs. Karns
Tereas Clemmons (Mt. Juliet) 32pts vs. Antioch
Jordan Clark (Baylor) 25pts vs. Walker Valley
Matt Perkins (Bradley Central) 26pts vs. Red Bank
Cory Billingsley (Sweetwater) 28pts vs. Meigs County
Bryant Reams (Lausanne) 25pts vs. Memphis Catholic
Ian Clark (Germantown) 25pts vs. White Station
Austin Gardner (Morristown East) 33pts vs. Pigeon Forge
Leslie McDonald (Briarcrest Christian) 28pts vs. MUS
Jalen Steele (Fulton) 25pts vs. Powell
Cody Baker (South Doyle) 25pts vs. William Blount
Austin Gardner (Morristown East) 35pts vs. Oneida
Nick Jones (Daniel Boone) 25pts vs. Dobyns Bennett
Josh Odom (Science Hill) 27pts vs. Sullivan East
Thomas Greer (West Carroll) 25pts vs. Big Sandy
Chris Prather (Hardin County) 26pts vs. Liberty Tech
Tevin Crayton (Humboldt) 35pts vs. Union City
Kelsey Hamlett (Upperman) 25pts vs. York Institute
Adrian Williamson (Hume Fogg) 27pts vs. FRA
Cameron Rhodes (Perry County) 25pts vs. Summertown
Wes Long (Summertown) 25pts vs. Perry County
Cody Boone (Macon County) 25pts vs. DeKalb County
John Jenkins (Station Camp) 35pts vs. Portland
Ethan Dillard (Houston County) 30pts vs. NCS
Reed Harper (Clarksville) 25pts vs. Kenwood
Marquis Rudolph (Clarksville Northwest) 25pts vs. Dickson County
Malcolm Smith (Clarksville Academy) 29pts vs. McEwen
D.J. Key (Hickman County) 30pts vs. Lewis County
Brandon Upchurch (Clarkrange) 31pts vs. Cumberland County
Kyle Wylie (Cookeville) 30pts vs. Blackman
Emmanuel Andrews (Shelbyville) 28pts vs. Lincoln County
Kerry Hammonds (Siegel) 28pts vs. Warren County
Ricky Coleman (USN) 27pts vs. St. Andrews
Drew Kelly (Centennial) 26pts vs. Ravenwood
Marcus Etheridge (Henry County) 27pts vs. Dickson County
Ross Albright (White House-Heritage) 28pts vs. Houston County
Meiko Lyles (USN) 26pts vs. St. Andrews
Emmanuel Andrews (Shelbyville) 27pts vs. Brentwood Academy
Weldon Garlington (Brentwood Academy) 25pts vs. Shelbyville
Marquis Rudoplh (Clarksville Northwest) 33pts vs. Clarksville Northeast
Thomas Greer (West Carroll) 26pts vs. McKenzie
Areka McKinnie (Middleton) 26pts vs. MASE
DeAndre Larrue (Carroll Academy) 37pts vs. Clarksburg
Lester Wilson (Carter) 39pts vs. Knoxville Central
Ryan Slusher (Grace Christian) 29pts vs. Greenback
Wes Long (Summertown) 36pts vs. Hampshire
Garrett Stiles (Cornersvillle) 28pts vs. Moore County
Matthew Williams (Columbia Academy) 28pts vs. Huntland
Aaron Hyder (Ezell-Harding) 28pts vs. CPA
Ish Sanders (Cleveland) 27pts vs. Cumberland County
Max Archey (David Brainerd) 25pts vs. Notre dame
A.J. Johnson (Arlington) 31pts vs. Bolton
Bobby Parks (St. Georges) 26pts vs. Braircrest Christian
Darius Whitson (Trezevant) 29pts vs. Frayser
Shaq Walker (Manassas) 27pts vs. Middle College
Mardracus Wade (Mitchell) 29pts vs. Oakhaven
Nick Mason (Southwind) 26pts vs. Overton
Leslie McDonald (Briarcrest Christian) 26pts vs. St. Georges
Marquis Richardson (Munford) 27pts vs. Millington
Travis Hodge (Sale Creek) 32pts vs. Whitwell
Jalen Steele (Fulton) 25pts vs. Austin East
Bobby Parks (St. Georges) 29pts vs. FACS
DeAndre Larrue (Carroll Academy) 35pts vs. MTCS
Brandon Singleton (Riverside) 28pts vs. Clarksburg
Joe Jackson (White Station) 27pts vs. St. Raymonds (NY)
Cole Tucker (Whitwell) 27pts vs. Sale Creek
The suspense is over.
We must take into consideration what each classification brings to the table and the appropriate schedule for such. If a Class A squad is in front of a good AAA squad that does'nt mean we think the Class A squad is better. Each team is judged on their merits and how they have played thus far against the competition on their scedule.
Lets take a look at who's on the "Lucky 13".
1. Raleigh-Egypt (17-1)
The Pharoahs are deep, talented, tough and did I mention deep. Anthony Jones is emerging as a star among his peers.
2. Bearden (19-1)
The minor setback at the Arby's was against a big time squad and this version of the Bulldogs will stop at nothing less than a long stay in the 'boro.
3. Melrose (14-1)
This squad is relatively young but man are they good and talented. Sophomores Adonis Thomas and "Mighty" Chris Jones lead a deep roster of athletes ready to shine.
4. Austin East (15-0)
This Roadrunner squad is for real and sophomore point guard Brandon Lopez is fast becoming the leader and heart for this squad.
5. Dyer County (18-0)
Who woulda thunk it? The Choctaws graduated majority of their scoring and rebounding but have still managed to stay on top. T-Rex Pierce is the offense and C.J. Crittendon the defense.
6. White Station (11-4)
Losses to some tough squads and they seem to found their mojo as of late. Andre Hollins is the perfect complimentary scorer to the other guy they have......
7. Ridgeway (13-4)
Still the defending champion and still one of the best in Memphis. Depth will always be a Roadrunner mainstay and the emergence of inside forces like Cadarrio Macklin and Tarik Black make the future clear for Coach Henning.
8. BTW (11-1)
Suffered their first loss last week but that usually just makes them angry. Unsung players with unselfish agendas make this version of BTW special. Larry McGaughey will be sought after when it said and done.
9. Ensworth (15-2)
Gary Pope is for real. The undersized power man does nothing but get it done on both ends of the floor and with a healthy Taverres Jefferson this Ensworth squad is determined to hold the gold.
10. Livingston Academy (17-1)
You could see in the pre-season this was a better squad than last year. Chase Dunn is not the only scoring option and they have some depth to make this a special season.
11. Siegel (11-4)
Knocking the rust off in December and playing very well as of late the Stars are primed for their ultimate destination a short trip to the Murphy Center. Kerry Hammonds is the show stoppa but nothing gets done without work from Marc Gooch and Levon Tate.
12. Humboldt (15-0)
This district is the standard bearer for all Class A districts in the state... period. Now the torchbearers are the Vikings of Humboldt. Charles Taylor and Tevin Crayton are the focal points but a deep and athletic roster make them a big deal in this classification.
13. Walker Valley (16-1)
They have met every challenge that has faced them this season and are bound and determined to represent come state tourney time. Carson Newman signee David Ware is simply lighting up the scoreboards and his ample supporting cast is fierce.
10 On the Rim (Listed Alphabetically)
Bolivar Central (10-2)
Briarcrest Christian (12-6)
Liberty Tech (15-2)
5 Shooting From Deep (Listed Alphabetically)
Lake County (14-1)
Memphis Central (10-3)