Post-season basketball is underway in the Volunteer state and local are in action.
In District 2-A, the J. Frank White boys lost at Washburn 61-58 in first round action. Washburn advances to tonight’s semifinal round at LMU where they’ll face Hancock County.
The J. Frank White girls also had their season come to an end Thursday with a 36-28 loss at Washburn.
District 2-AA starts their tournament today at Claiborne High.
Girls’ first round games will see Gatlinburg-Pittman take on Rutledge at 4 p.m. and the host Lady Bulldogs play Union County at 5:30.
Boys’ first round games are set to start at 7 p.m. with host Claiborne going against Rutledge and Cumberland Gap playing Pigeon Forge at 8:30.
The Panthers dropped a tough 60-57 decision to Gatlinburg last Friday that created a 3-way tie atop the district between those two teams and Union County.
CGHS drew the low number in the tie-breaker and had to settle for the third seed and missed out on a first round bye.
The Lady Panthers knocked off G-P last Friday to secure the second seed and they’ll play the winner of Claiborne and Union County on Saturday.
The 2-AA all-district teams have been announced and the Cumberland Gap girls are represented by Kelsey Dean and Tracey Shackleford. Claiborne’s Ariel Nickell and Heather Green also made the team.
Chelsea Webb of Pigeon Forge was named the MVP, while Claiborne’s Lori Cook and Pigeon Forge’s Conchita Johnson shared coach of the year honors.
The boy’s team includes Cumberland Gap’s Taylor Lowe and Jake Shipley along with Claiborne’s Jared DeBusk. Skylan McBee of Rutledge was named the MVP.
There was a 3-way tie for coac of the year as Panther first-year head man Joe Wolfenbarger shared the award with Union County’s Brian Jesse and G-P’s Paul Placeres.