Division II State Tournament Preview

The TSSAA Division II High School Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball State Championships kicked off Thursday at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville.

The high school association will crown four state champions – boys and girls winners in grades A and AA.

Admission is $12 for those ordering online at https://gofan.co/app/school/TSSAA and $15 cash at the door.

Here’s what you need to know:

Two undefeated teams remain

Brentwood Academy (30-0) and the Christian Brothers (26-0) head to the semi-finals with unbeaten records. The two cannot meet before the championship game – if the Eagles beat Knoxville Catholic at 5 p.m. Thursday and CBHS beats Lipscomb Academy at 3:30 p.m.

Webb lays eyes on another golden ball

Webb School – Bell Buckle (28-6) had never reached the TSSAA State Tournament until a year ago. Now the Lady Feet are aiming for a second consecutive championship. Webb is undefeated against Division II, Class A foes and his lone loss in the state is against Ensworth to open the season.

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MTCS solo for the first time

Middle Tennessee Christian (25-9) opens Friday’s game in their first TSSAA women’s basketball tournament game. The Lady Cougars take on the Christian Academy of Knoxville (26-7) Friday noon. The Girls of MTCS is the only program to make its first appearance in a TSSAA state basketball tournament.

Here are 20 players to watch this week – 10 boys and 10 girls.


Blue Cain, Catholic from Knoxville, Jr.: Cain is posting averages of 19.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.8 assists.

BJ Edwards, Catholic from Knoxville, Sr.: The Division II-AA Mr. Basketball finalist and Tennessee signing is averaging 20.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.2 steals.

Daniel Egbuniwe, FACS, Sr.: The Division II-A finalist Mr. Basketball is averaging 21.7 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists.

Chandler Jackson, Christian Brethren, Sr.: The Division II-AA Mr. Basketball finalist and Florida State signee averaged 18 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists.

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Jayden Jones, Goodpasture, Fr.: Jones is averaging 14 points, six rebounds and three steals.

Trent McNair, Brentwood Academy, Sr.: McNair, the son of former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair, is averaging 14.5 points and 5.1 rebounds.

Eddie Ricks III, Clarksville Academy, Jr.: Mr. Basketball Division II-A runner-up Ricks is averaging 21.6 points and 7.4 rebounds.

Josh Scretchen, USN, Sr.: Scretchen is averaging 18 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

Tyler Tanner, Brentwood Academy, so: The Division II-AA runner-up Mr. Basketball is averaging 18 points, 4.0 steals and 3.7 assists.

Willie Walton, Lipscomb Academy, Sr.: Walton is averaging 16.2 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Mustangs with eight double-doubles.


Jailyn Banks, MTCS, Jr.: Banks is averaging a team-high 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 rebounds.

Jaloni Cambridge, Ensworth, So. : Division II-AA runner-up Miss Basketball is averaging 16.9 points on 52.4 percent shooting. She also averaged 6.5 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3.1 assists.

Kennedy Cambridge, Ensworth, Sr.: Cambridge are averaging 14.8 points on 47.9% shooting. She also averaged 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 3.0 assists.

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Aalyah Del Rosario, Webb School – Bell Buckle, Jr.: The 6-foot-6 Division II-A Miss Basketball finalist is averaging 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Madelyn Ladd, Knoxville Webb, Jr.: Ladd is averaging 13 points per game and has topped 1,000 points this season. She also averages six rebounds.

Olivia Lee, CAW, Jr.: The Division II-A Miss Basketball finalist is averaging 26.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

Keira Leffew, CAK, Jr.: Leffew means. 14.4 points and 9.4 rebounds.

Sydney Mains, Catholic of Knoxville, So. : Mains is averaging 21.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.4 steals.

Abby Smith, Lipscomb Academy, Sr.: Smith is averaging 9.6 points and 6.6 rebounds to lead the Lady Mustangs.

Angelica Velez, Webb School – Bell Buckle, Jr.: Velez, a point guard, is averaging 10 points and six assists.

Contact Tom Kreager at 615-259-8089 or [email protected] and on Twitter @Kreager.

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