Junior high tournament concludes Thursday



The junior high girls and boys teams from Blount County’s schools have played some great ball over the past several days during the annual Blount County Schools Junior High Tournament. Last Saturday, seven teams kicked off the girls and boys tournaments. After Monday, only two remain. Junior High Boys

J.B. Pennington is hosting the 2021 junior high boys. The Appalachian Eagles faced the J.B. Pennington Tigers in one of Monday’s semifinal games. Appalachian defeated J.B. Pennington 42-32 to advance to the championship game.

Joining the Eagles in the championship game will be the Hayden Wildcats. With the number one seed, the Wildcats got a first round bye putting them in the semifinal game. Hayden came away with a 52-35 win over the Cleveland Panthers to advance.

Hayden boasts a 9-0 record going into the final game of the 2021 season. The Eagles, now 9-1, are the number two seed. They faced Southeastern in the opening round winning 59-40. J.B. Pennington took care of business on day one as well, beating Susan Moore 50-35 to advance to the semifinals. Cleveland’s 51-45 win over Locust Fork set their matchup with the Wildcats.

Tip off for the 2021 Junior High Boys Championship is 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 14, at J.B. Pennington. Each school has only 100 tickets. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Check with the school on availability. Junior High Girls

The 2021 Junior High Girls tournament is taking place just a few miles south at Cleveland High School. The Susan Moore Lady Bulldogs find themselves in familiar territory as they make it to another championship game. With the number two seed, they opened tournament play on Saturday against Southeastern. Their 59-24 win set up a showdown with the J.B. Pennington Tigers Monday. The Lady Bulldogs were solid on both sides of the ball in the 45-18 victory.

Hayden’s Lady Wildcats knocked off the number one overall seed in their semifinal game. The game came down to the wire with Hayden scoring 21 to Locust Fork’s 20. They beat Appalachian 30-24 in round one on Saturday.

Those two wins even up the Lady Wildcats’ record, which is now 4-4. Susan Moore is now 11- 1. They tip off at 4:30 p.m. at Cleveland. Like the boys, tickets must be preordered and can only be purchased through each school.