Note: This story was updated at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 30.
GREENEVILLE—After finishing second the past two years, the Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats won the championship game in the Andrew Johnson Bank Ladies Classic basketball tournament in Greeneville on Saturday, beating Jefferson County 49-36.
It’s the sixth time Oak Ridge (15-2, 3-1 District 3-AAA) has won the title in 10 appearances in the tournament final. The Lady Wildcats have been runner-up four times, including in 2016 and 2017, when they lost to Bradley Central. Oak Ridge’s last championship win in the tournament was in 2002.
The team didn’t want to settle for second place again this year.
“When you want to play for championships, you want to win championships,” Oak Ridge Coach Paige Redman said.
It was the second championship win for Oak Ridge in about a week. The Lady Wildcats won their division championship in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix on Saturday, December 22.
Oak Ridge senior guard Jada Guinn was named the most valuable player of both tournaments. [Read more…]