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Lady Tornado seventh-grader Tara Shields puts up a jumper from the wing.

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  • Alcoa Middle eighth-grader Kayla Newman cuts to the basket during the Blount County Middle School Basketball Tournament last Thursday at Alcoa.
  • Maryville Middle point guard Cody Carroll brings the ball into frontcourt against Union Grove.
  • Lady Tornado seventh-grader Tara Shields puts up a jumper from the wing.
  • Maryville Middle’s Leila Bangash puts up a jumper against Heritage.
  • Alcoa’s Malik Love lit it up for a game-high 18 points against Heritage in the boys’ consolation game.
  • Union Grove seventh-grader Kasi Knight puts up a shot over Alcoa’s Madison Thompson.
  • Union Grove guard Haley Talbot weighs her options as Alcoa’s Bailey Sellers defends.
  • Maryville’s John Garrett looks for an opening against the Wildcats’ Brandon Tipton.
  • Heritage’s Bethany Massey takes aim at the free-throw line against Maryville’s Lady Bulldogs.
  • Austin Miller lays one in for the Tornadoes in the consolation game.
  • The Blount County Middle School Basketball Tournament boys all-tournament team includes, from left, Cody Carroll (Maryville), Zack Wilburn (Heritage), Blake Holder (Alcoa), Austin Hayworth (Union Grove), John Garrett (Maryville), Peyton Wall (Union Grove; player of the year) and Isaac Edmiston (Maryville). Maryville’s Tony Humphrey was named coach of the year.
  • The Blount County Middle School Basketball Tournament girls all-tournament team includes, from left, Haley Talbot (Union Grove), Kayla Newman (Alcoa; player of the year), Bethany Massey (Heritage), Tara Shields (Alcoa), Emily Herron (Union Grove), Leila Bangash (Maryville) and Leah Thomas (Heritage; inset). Alcoa’s Dyron Bledsoe was named coach of the year.

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