CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WRCB) -- If Bradley Central is going to earn a spot in Saturday's state championship game, the Bearettes will have to do it without Rebecca Reuter.
The 6-foot-2 junior forward has been suspended for two games after receiving two technical fouls and being ejected from Saturday's home sub-state win over Blackman. That means she'll miss Bradley Central's Class AAA state tournament opener against Science Hill on Wednesday (2 p.m. ET), as well as the state semifinal that follows should the Bearettes advance.
She would be eligible to return to the lineup for Saturday for the Class AAA state championship game. If Bradley Central loses Wednesday, Reuter would still be required to sit out the Bearettes' first game next season.
By TSSAA rule, any player who receives two technicals must miss the next two games, barring an appeal based on the misapplication of the rule by officials.
TSSAA assistant executive director Matt Gillespie said no appeal could be made in Reuter's case because there was no misapplication of the rules. Instead, both technicals were "judgement calls" that cannot be reviewed or appealed.
Reuter, who is the daughter of Bearettes' head coach Jason Reuter, averages close to a double-double. She teams with fellow 6-foot-1 junior Brooke Copeland to give the Bearettes one of the most dominant front lines in the state.