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Area roundup: Lady Blaze beat top team in country


12:00 AM, Jan. 25, 2014 EST

Blackman avenged its lone girls basketball loss of the season with perhaps the biggest win in school history

The Lady Blaze, ranked third in the country by MaxPreps and fifth by USA Today, defeated Incarnate Word (Mo.) 58-49 in Louisville in the Raatz Fence/O'Shea's Classic at Mercy Academy.

Incarnate Word is ranked No. 1 in the country by both MaxPreps and USA Today.

The Missouri school defeated Blackman 53-44 on Jan. 1 in Naples, Fla. in a tournament.

"I think we're playing better ball right now," Blackman coach Chad Hibdon said. "I think (Incarnate Word) is a great team. But I think we're a better basketball team than we were three weeks ago.

"They've started to focus on details. The girls are unified right now."

MeMe Jackson led Blackman with 17 points. Crystal Dangerfield added 14 and Alex Johnson had 10 for the Lady Blaze (21-1), who play at Smyrna on Tuesday when they return to District 7-AAA play.

Blackman led 23-19 at halftime and by as much as 13 early in the fourth quarter.

Oakland 59, Spring Hill 21: Shelby Gibson and Aaliyah Patterson scored 10 points each to lead the Lady Patriots (19-4) to the non-district win. Oakland returns to action Tuesday night at La Vergne.

BOYS

Oakland 48, Spring Hill 42: Kyle Oliver scored 18 points and teammate Ricky Dunnaway added 11 to lead the Patriots (13-10). Devin Epps added seven.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

BOYS

Westside 32, MTCS 31: Nate Howell scored 15 points, but the host Cougars (14-8) fell in the James C. Haile Tournament. Evan Alford added nine.

 

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