School officials finalized the brackets for the 2021 Blount County Basketball Tournament just after noon today. The tournament begins Saturday with the varsity boys playing at J.B. Pennington High School and varsity girls at Cleveland High School. The JV boys will play games at both schools.
Each school will be allotted 100 tickets for each game they are participating. Those tickets will be sold by the school and must be purchased in advance. Schools have been asked to prioritize ticket sales so parents, grandparents, and close family members have the first opportunity to purchase tickets.
Tickets must be purchased for each game. If you plan to watch a game at Pennington and then go to Cleveland to see a girls game, you’ll have to buy a ticket for each game ahead of time.
Susan Moore, with a 7-0 record against the rest of the county teams, gets a bye in round one. They will face either No. 4 seed Appalachian (2-1) or No. 5 seed Cleveland (1-4) in the semifinals on Monday, Jan. 18. The Lady Wildcats and Lady Mustangs tip off at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. Hayden at 2-1 is the No. 3 seed. Southeastern, 0-6, is the No. 6 seed. Rounding out the girls bracket are the Lady Hornets (4-1) with the No. 2 seed and Lady Tigers (0-3) with the No. 7 seed.
Semifinal games will be played at noon and 4 p.m. Monday. Tip off for the championship game 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.
Junior Varsity Boys
Hayden’s 5-0 record earned them the No. 1 overall seed and first round bye for the JV tournament. Southeastern, at 4-2, also gets a bye with their No. 2 seed. Cleveland (2-4, No. 4 seed) and Locust Fork (2-5, No. 5 seed) tip off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan 18, at Cleveland. The 2-1 J.B. Pennington Tigers (No. 3 seed) will face the 2-5 Susan Moore Bulldogs (No. 6 seed) at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pennington.
Semifinals are set for 10 a.m. Monday with Hayden traveling to Cleveland to face the winner of the Cleveland/Locust Fork game. Southeastern will head to Pennington to take on the winner of the Pennington/Susan Moore game. Tip off for the championship game is at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Pennington.
Appalachian and Susan Moore take the court at 1 p.m. Saturday to get the boys tournament underway. Appalachian’s 2-2 record in county play has them as the No. 3 seed while Susan Moore, 2-5, is No. 6. Game two starts 4 p.m. with a match up between No. 4 seed Cleveland (3-4) and No. 5 seed Southeastern (3-4). Locust Fork (No. 2, 6-2) and J.B. Pennington (No. 7, 1-6) closing out day one at 7 p.m.
The Hayden Wildcats (6-0) earned the top spot and first round bye. They will face either Cleveland or Southeastern at 2 p.m. Monday. The second semi-final game tips off at 6 p.m. The championship game is set for 7 pm. Thursday, Jan. 21.