STORY BY JAKE DONOVAN | PHOTO BY DEB SCALLY
The Region 6-AAA tournament could not have closed out in more dramatic fashion, with both semifinals pairings and Wednesday’s championship coming down to a final possession. Ravenwood advanced to its second-straight regional finals with a 49-41 win over crosstown rival Brentwood on Monday, just before Dickson County turned away the Page Lady Patriots in a 63-62 overtime thriller.
Dickson County prevailed in the championships, edging Ravenwood 44-43 on the strength of KK Curtis scoring the game winning basket with 4.8 seconds to go—eerily similar to how she scored the go-ahead bucket with under nine seconds to go on Monday.
The junior swing was one of three Lady Cougars named to the Region 6-AAA Girls all-Tournament team. Joining her was fellow junior Olivia Rinehart—who averaged just over 15 points per game, including 28 in Monday’s win over Page—and senior Raegen Purvine, who averaged 14.3 ppg and scored in double digits in all three tournament games.
Purvine—a Freed-Hardeman commit—was named tournament MVP.
A consensus among press row had wished Dickson was somehow granted a fourth slot, as junior point guard Caty Roberts played at an elite level throughout the tournament.
As regional runner-ups, Ravenwood’s allotted two slots went to its all-star backcourt duo of Jaz Harmon and sophomore Lexi Erickson. Had one more possession bounced in the Lady Raptors in the championships, they’d have been granted a third slot which could’ve easily went to senior Taya Lee, who posted a double-double in the finals.
Harmon averaged just under 22 points per game. The Alabama-Birmingham commit hit her 1,000th career point with her first basket in Monday’s semifinals eliminator over Brentwood, who named sophomores Amelia Osgood and Chloe Wampler to represent the Lady Bruins. Osgood averaged 20 points per game in her team’s two appearances, while Wampler drained five threes in Monday’s thriller versus Ravenwood.
As the other regional semifinalist, the Page Lady Patriots were also granted two placements. The Wilken sisters—Faith and Lily—enjoyed such honors.
Freshman guard Lily Wilken scored double digits in both of their regional games and led all Lady Patriots’ scorers in Friday’s win over Antioch. Senior leader Faith Wilken, the program’s all-time leading scorer who heads to Trevecca in the fall, capped her incredible career with a 22-point, 13-rebound, 5-steal performance in a heartbreaking loss to Dickson County in which she sent the game into overtime with a buzzer-beating three.
The four quarterfinalists were represented by a single player from each program, all hailing from District 12-AAA.
Antioch bestowed such honor upon Aniyah Bailey, who scored 20 points as the lone bright spot in the Lady Bears’ lopsided quarterfinals loss to Brentwood. The junior guard entered the regionals on the heels of being named District 12-AAA Player of the Year.
Cane Ridge met a buzzsaw in Page in the quarterfinals, but its overachieving team managed a second trip to the regions and to the District 12-AAA finals after losing four seniors to graduation from last year’s district champions. The Lady Ravens were represented on this list by Jada Anthony, a freshman point guard and 4.0 student-athlete who had five points and six assists in Friday’s loss to Page.
Hillsboro named Anaya Martin as the lone representative for the Lady Burros. The senior guard ended the final game of her remarkable high school career with 13 points in a hard-fought loss to eventual regional finalists Ravenwood in their quarterfinals game.
Dickson had no problem getting past McGavock but didn’t quit shut down the entire team during their 74-49 regional quarterfinals win. Jada Johnson went off for 29 points, with the junior guard adding all-Tournament honors to an incredible season that also saw her land on the District 12-AAA all-Tournament team, as did Bailey, Anthony and Martin.
REGION 6-AAA ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Dickson County—Raegen Purvine (MVP), KK Curtis, Olivia Rinehart
Ravenwood—Jazmyn “Jaz” Harmon, Lexi Erickson
Page—Faith Wilken, Lily Wilken
Brentwood—Amelia Osgood, Chloe Wampler
Cane Ridge—Jada Anthony