District champ Tornadoes headline five area teams to advance

William Blount junior Tatum Burstrom busts a move on Catholic.

Photo by Brandon Shinn

William Blount junior Tatum Burstrom busts a move on Catholic.

It really starts to get tough from here.

Alcoa’s boys’ basketball team secured Blount County’s lone district championship Tuesday night, knocking off Christian Academy of Knoxville, 51-49, in double overtime in the District 4AA title tilt at Scott High.

Junior Tre Tate put Alcoa (22-6) ahead to stay with a bucket with 30 seconds remaining. Senior Darrell Warren and sophomore Kenny Dean paced the Tornadoes with 11 points each, with tournament most valuable player Matt Shown adding eight. Tate, Dean and senior Steven Isom were also named to the all-tournament team.

Next for Alcoa is a region tournament quarterfinal visit from Austin-East on Saturday night at 7. Should the Tornadoes advance, the region semifinal and championship games are scheduled for Fulton on Tuesday and Thursday.

Also alive in the quest for Murfreesboro and next month’s boys’ and girls’ state tournaments are William Blount Lady Governors, Maryville’s Rebels and Lady Rebels and the Lady Tornadoes.

Junior Tatum Burstrom went off for a game-high 23 points, and the host Lady Governors pulled away from the Lady Rebels to extract a 43-34 win in a District 4AAA consolation game on Tuesday. Burstrom lit it up for three treys, with senior Sami VanVranken adding eight points for William Blount. Senior and Belmont signee Torie Vaught was the only Lady Rebel to reach double figures with 14 points.

The win sends the Lady Governors (20-10) to Oak Ridge for Friday’s Region 2AAA opener at 7 p.m. The Lady Rebels visit District 4AAA champion Hardin Valley. Region 2AAA girls’ semifinals and finals are scheduled Monday and Wednesday at Oak Ridge. Alcoa’s Lady Tornadoes upended host Scott High, 51-47, in the 4AA consolation game on Monday and will travel to Gatlinburg-Pittman to begin region play Friday night at 7.

The region opponent for Maryville’s Rebels was decided Wednesday night in a consolation final with Knoxville Catholic after Blount Today had gone to press. The boys’ Region 2AAA semifinals and finals are set for Tuesday and Thursday at Oak Ridge.

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