Friday, December 28, 2018
(Last modified: 2018-12-29 13:33:56)
 
Author: Wayne Phillips
Source: The Greeneville Sun

 

Oak Ridge is in the tournament finals, thanks to a buzzer-beating 12-footer by Bri Dunbar that lifted the Wildcats to a 50-48 win over Morristown West in the second of two exciting semifinal games Friday night.

Morristown West staged a tremendous second half rally when some might have given them up for dead. They were behind the potent Wildcats 32-15 at halftime and trailed by as many as 19 points with 6:21 left in the third quarter.

But they responded to start cutting the gap and used a 15-4 run at one point in the second half to get back in it. They finally tied the count at 44-44 with 2:36 left in the contest when Angel Simms banked in a layup.

The two squads traded blows with Oak Ridge's Khamari Michell-Steen scoring a basket with 35 seconds to go to tie the score.

Morristown West worked the clock down inside 10 seconds but made a turnover, and Oak Ridge got up the floor quickly with Dunbar hitting the basket just prior to the final horn sounding.

Oak Ridge (14-2) was led by Jada Guinn with 25 points while Dunbar finished with 10.

Morristown West (13-2) got 19 points from Blayre Shultz and 13 from Macey Hefner.

OAK RIDGE (50): Mitchell-Steen 4-9 0-0 9, Bri Dunbar 3-8 2-6 10, Eckles 1-3 0-0 2, Copeland 1-3 1-2 3, Jada Guinn 11-16 3-4 25, Davis 0-2 0-0 0, Brewer 0-0 0-0 0, Holt 0-0 1-2 1. TOTALS: 20-41 7-10 50.

MORRISTOWN WEST (48): Blayre Shultz 7-19 2-2 19, Seals 1-1 2-2 5, Howard 3-4 0-0 7, Macey Hefner 5-11 3-6 13, Simms 2-2 0-0 4, Wallen 0-0 0-0 0, Lovelace 0-1 0-0 0, Mattison 0-1 0-0 0, Ewing 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 18-39 7-10 48.

3-Point Goals: OR--3 (Dunbar 2, Mitchell-Steen). MW--5 (Shultz 3, Seals, Howard).

Score by quarters:

Oak Ridge                       15           17           7              11--50

Morristown West            5           10           15           18--48

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