The Division II-A Girls State Basketball Championship trophy has come back home to the Webb School campus after a two-year hiatus. The Lady Spartans defeated Franklin Road Academy (FRA), 55-42, to win this year’s TSSAA Division II-A BlueCross Basketball Championship, March 3, at Lipscomb’s Allen Arena in Nashville.
The championship game was a hard-fought, back-and forth battle. Both the Lady Spartans and the Lady Panthers poured on strong defensive play with just one point separating the two teams at halftime – Webb 20, FRA 19. Webb took an early third-quarter lead, 23-19, and kept a four-point spread in its favor, 32-28, heading to the last quarter.
Early fourth-quarter play saw the Lady Spartans taking control, increasing their advantage to 36-30; then holding the Lady Panthers to just two more points, as Webb posted another four to the scoreboard, 40-32, with four minutes left in the game.
A quick time-out for the Lady Spartans at the 2:40 mark and Webb was up 44-32 and on its way to a sixth state crown as the clock ticked down to the final buzzer.
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Freshman Catherine Hendershott led her Lady Spartans in scoring with 15 points. Senior Hayley Luttrell ended her basketball career at Webb tied with junior and Miss Basketball finalist Casey Collier with 13. Luttrell also brought down five rebounds, followed by Collier and Hendershott, who each had four.
Collier earned girls’ Division II-A state tournament MVP kudos and along with Luttrell, Hendershott and sophomore Bailey Musrock, was named to the DII-A Girls’ All-Tournament Team.
Webb’s Spartan boys in their first-ever state basketball championship final, suffered a tough 46-44 loss to Knoxville rival Grace Christian Academy, Saturday. Seniors Chase Ridenour and Myles Rasnick led the Spartans with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Sophomore Tariq Daughton posted 7 and grabbed a game-high 8 rebounds for Webb. Rasnick and Daughton were named to the DII-A Boys’ All-Tournament Team.
A big shout-out to Webb’s varsity Dance Team. The Webb squad received a Sportsmanship Award for both the Division II-A girls’ and boys’ state tournaments.