McCallie 60, Boyd-Buchanan 43
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Jamaal Calvin and Jorden Williams scored 17 points apiece and McCallie used a big second half run to pull away from Boyd-Buchanan in a 60-43 opening round win in the opening round of the Times Free Press Best of Preps Tournament Thursday night at Chattanooga State.
The Blue Tornado, who are the tournament's defending champs, will play Ooltewah in Friday night's semifinals.
McCallie never trailed, but the Bucs never went away despite trailing 25-13 at the break.
Hall Allen, who finished with a game-high 18 points, hit two key 3-pointers early in the third quarter to fuel a quick spurt that helped Boyd-Buchanan pull within 33-26 midway through the period.
McCallie called a timeout, then answered with back-to-back 3-pointers from Calvin and Williams that sparked a 17-5 run that put the game away.
Eric Wolfe also finished in double figures for the Blue Tornado with 10 points.
Justin McMillan added 11 points in the loss for the Bucs, who will play North Jackson in Friday's consolation round.
Ooltewah (boys) 76, North Jackson 55
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Ooltewah raced to a double-digit lead in the opening minutes and never looked back in a 76-55 rout of North Jackson in the opening round of the Times Free Press Best of Preps Tournament Thursday night.
Antonio Jackson finished with 18 points to lead the high-powered Owls, who advance to face McCallie in Friday night's semifinal round.
North Jackson struggled from the start, managing just two field goals in the opening eight minutes. Ooltewah led 23-4 after the first period.
Baylor and Notre Dame will meet in the other boys' semifinal Friday evening. The Red Raiders ran past the Chattanooga Patriots, 61-20, while the Irish topped Red Bank, 69-61.
Cleveland (girls) 56, Silverdale Academy 40
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Sydnie Anderson scored 25 points to lead Cleveland to a 56-40 win over Silverdale Academy in the opening round of the Times Free Press Best of Preps Tournament Thursday afternoon.
Shawnia Anderson, Sydnie's sister, added 11 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
The Lady Raiders will play GPS in Friday semifinals. The Bruisers blasted Brainerd, 53-34.
Cleveland overwhelmed Silverdale in the opening minutes, forcing several turnovers to jump to a quick 9-3 lead. The Lady Raiders held the Seahawks to just six points in the first quarter, but managed just 12 of their own.
Cleveland pushed the advantage to double digits early in the second quarter, only to watch Mariah Massengill lead Silverdale back. She scored 14 of her team-high 22 points in the first half, and found Sloane Woodard for an open 3-pointer to pull the Seahawks back within 25-21 with two minutes to play.
However, Cleveland scored the final five points of the quarter for a 30-21 halftime lead and was never seriously threatened in the second half.
CCS and Baylor will meet in the other girls' semifinal. The Chargers beat CSAS 58-50 in overtime in the bracket's opening game before the Lady Red Raiders rallied late for a 44-42 win over East Hamilton.
High school basketball scores from Thursday, December 27:
GPS 53, Brainerd 34
CCS 58, CSAS 50 (OT)
Baylor 44, East Hamilton 42
Tyner 50, East Ridge 40
McMinn County 60, Clarkrange 54
Bradley Central 62, Fayette County (NC) 42
McMinn Central 49, Loudon 44
Moore County 63, Marion County 43
White County 58, Bledsoe County 27
Hamilton Heights 62, Lenoir City 60
Collins Hill 52, LFO 38
Gordon Lee 67, Hayesville (NC) 60
North Forsyth 70, Murray County 25
North Murray 45, Ridgeland 26
Towns County 70, Murphy (NC) 25
Notre Dame 69, Red Bank 61
Ooltewah 76, North Jackson 55
Baylor 61, Chattanooga Patriots 20
Tyner 78, Sequatchie County 61
Maryville 53, Bradley Central 43
Mt. Juliet 55, Signal Mountain 47
Cloudland 73, Cleveland 70
Page 57, CSAS 54
Warren County 42, Lookout Valley 29
Oakland 55, Howard 50
Murphy (NC) 59, Towns County 47