By TONY STINNETT/ Courier Sports Editor
Cannon County will play Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) in the quarterfinals of the TSSAA Class AA Girls State Championship at MTSU’s Murphy Center Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
The Lionettes (28-6) will be making their 11th state tournament appearance and second in the last three years under eighth-year Head Coach Michael Dodgen.
“I am just so proud of our team and these girls,” Dodgen said. “Anytime you can get to this point and you are still playing it’s a good thing. We will be facing a quality team in CAK but everyone is quality at this point.”
The Lionettes knocked off No. 3-ranked McMinn Central on the road in a Substate game Saturday (March 2) to reach the state tournament for just the second time since 1992.
CAK eliminated No. 1-ranked Grainger in its Substate game Saturday.
The other game in the Lionettes’ portion of the bracket pits No. 2 Covington against Macon County, which joins District 8-AA next season.
“We have a few days to prepare and find out what we can about CAK,” Dodgen said. “We know they have good size and they have two Division I prospects. They have a 6-foot-6 post player and they have a very good guard that has attracted a lot of attention. They have several good players, as do we, so we have a lot to get done in a short period of time.”
Cannon County has one TSSAA state championship to its credit - the 1989 Class AA Girls Championship.
“It’s exciting to be playing at this point in the season,” Lionettes senior Ashley Basham said. “Reaching the state tournament was a goal we set at the beginning of the season. We want to bring home the state title.”
The No. 6-ranked Lionettes are 7-4 in first-round games at the state tournament.
The Class AA semifinals are Friday at 4 and 5:30 p.m., respectively. The Class AA championship game is set for Saturday at 6 p.m. at Murphy Center.
Lionettes to face CAK at Girls State
March 5, 2013
March 08, 2013 at 11:45am
Just read the article in the DNJ and yes in the past a teen mother did not get to participate in sports, prom, senior trip, etc. This just shows how much sports matters in this county. Lets tell our children that its ok to do this, but what about the kids that don't and do not get a spot on the team or other things. Our society keeps giving in to the things kids do and saying its ok.
March 08, 2013 at 2:08pm
Actually, I think it shows that ours is a forgiving society. I think it shows that people make mistakes in judgment but it's like coach Dodgen said in his quote, it's not what a person does, rather it is how they respond. I believe Lily has brought a great deal of responsibility to Abby's life. I also believe she has brought much love and happiness to the Lionettes team and locker room. Perhaps teen pregnancy is something we don't condone, promote or support; however, it does happen and when it does a person shouldn't be treated as they they have committed a zero tolerance act. Congrats to Abby Jakes and all of the Lionettes. I, for one, am blessed to have gotten to know this little miracle named Lily. I wish more people who waited to have children after school ... after they became 'adults' .... treated their children as well as this 17-year-old named Abby.