WYSH Radio/Oak Ridge Today
The Clinton boys’ basketball team advanced to the second round of the District 3-AAA tournament in a 67-58 first-round win over the Gibbs Eagles at Central High School in Knoxville on Wednesday.
J’Quan Thomas led three double-digit scorers for the seventh-seeded Dragons, who will take on third-seeded Halls at 7:30 tonight (Thursday, February 12). The winner of tonight’s tilt will move on to the district semifinals Saturday at 6 p.m. against Karns and earn a berth in next week’s region tournament, while the loser’s season will be finished, WYSH Radio reported.
In the first game on Wednesday night, Gibbs’ girls closed out the Karns Lady Beavers, blowing open a close game in the third quarter on their way to a 50-37 win and a second-round matchup with the Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats that will tip off at 6 p.m. Thursday at Central.
Meanwhile, the Clinton girls’ basketball season ended in a Tuesday loss to Campbell County at Central.
WYSH said Campbell County shot very well from the free throw line as they pulled away in the final minutes of the fourth quarter for a 58-47 win. The Lady Dragons’ season ended with a record of 7-17.
Senior Jordan Whitt led all scorers with 20 points, but no other Clinton player hit double figures. Senior Miranda Love had five points and eight assists before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Campbell County (13-15) will play Anderson County at 6 p.m. Friday in the second round.
The Anderson County boys also learned who their opponent will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday as Central, playing on its home floor, opened up a big early lead and eliminated Powell 58-46.
The Oak Ridge Wildcats will take on the winner of that game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Central.
Two more games are also on the schedule tonight (Thursday night), WYSH said. In the first game at 6, Gibbs girls face off against Karns, followed at 7:30 by the Clinton Dragon boys taking on Gibbs for the second time in less than a week.