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Bradley Central 53, White County 42
Brooke Copeland and Rebecca Reuter each recorded double-doubles to help Bradley Central pull away in the fourth quarter and beat White County 53-42 for a third straight Region 3-AAA championship Wednesday night at Cleveland High School.

The third-ranked Bearettes earn a home date with fourth-ranked Blackman in Saturday's sub-state sectional round. White County must now travel to top-ranked Riverdale.

Copeland led all scorers with 29 points and added 11 rebounds in a dominating effort. Reuter added 13 points and 13 boards as the only other Bradley Central player in double figures.

The Bearettes threatened to pull away in the second quarter, opening a nine-point lead on Copeland's layup midway through the period. However, White County hit three straight 3-pointers to mount a 9-0 run that tied the game at 22-all.

Copeland answered with a layup at the other end as the halftime buzzer sounded for a 24-22 advantage at the break, and the Bearettes never trailed again.

Kayla Withrow opened the second half with the first of her two 3-pointers as Bradley Central started to open some breathing room. Copeland's three-point play just under the four-minute mark in the fourth quarter finally pushed the lead to double-digits and White County never threatened again.

McMinn Central 68, East Hamilton 46
ATHENS, Tenn. (WRCB) --
Elizabeth Masengil led all scorers with 25 points and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player as third-ranked McMinn Central cruised to a 68-46 victory over East Hamilton in the Region 3-AA championship game at McMinn County High School.

It's the third straight region championship for the Chargerettes (29-3), who secure a home game against Cannon County in Saturday's sub-state sectional. East Hamilton now must travel to Livingston Academy.

McMinn Central wasted no time putting the Lady Hurricanes (25-9) away, jumping out to a double-digit lead in the opening quarter. The Chargerettes led 39-21 at halftime and eventually pushed the advantage to 20 in the third quarter.

Elizabeth Treantham added 14 points in the win for McMinn Central. Jessica Caudle was the only East Hamilton player in double figures with 22 points.

McMinn Central won its first state championship in 2010 and finished runner-up in Class AA a year ago.

Whitwell 65, Silverdale Academy 41
Kelsey Kilgore and Alyssa Coppinger combined to score 45 points on nine 3-pointers to fuel Whitwell's 65-41 rout of Silverdale Academy in the Region 3-A championship game at Sale Creek High School.

It's the second straight 3-A crown for the Lady Tigers (26-8), who advance to host Clarkrange in Saturday's sub-state round. Silverdale (20-9) must travel to Jackson County.

Kilgore hit five 3-pointers and finished with 25 points, while Coppinger sank four from behind the arc and added 20 points. Paige Carter also finished in double figures with 11 points.

Mariah Massengill led Silverdale with 21 points, including five 3-pointers of her own. She kept the Lady Seahawks in the game through the first half, but a big third-quarter surge from Whitwell helped put the game away.

After leading by just six at the break, the Lady Tigers out-scored the Lady Seahawks by ten in the third quarter. They closed the period on an 8-0 run for a 56-38 lead.

Silverdale could never mount a rally, mustering just five points in the final period and allowing Whitwell to score the game's final nine points to pad the final margin.

Following are the high school region scores from Wednesday, February 27:

Class AAA

Region 3 Championship
Bradley Central 53, White County 42

Region 4 Championship
Riverdale 61, Blackman 49

-- Blackman will play at Bradley Central, and White County will play at Riverdale in Saturday's sectional round

Class AA

Region 3
McMinn Central 68, East Hamilton 46

Region 4
Livingston Academy 32, Cannon County 31

-- Cannon County will play at McMinn Central and East Hamilton will play at Livingston Academy in Saturday's sectional round

Class A

Region 3
Whitwell 65, Silverdale Academy 41

Region 4
Jackson County 58, Clarkrange 52

-- Clarkrange will play at Whitwell and Silverdale Academy will play at Jackson County in Saturday's sectional round

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