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The Waiting Game

District 4AAA awaits phone to determine tourney fate
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William Blount’s Lindsey Roddy puts in a layup off the break in a game with West last week. Photo by Wallace Bowden

By Stefan Cooper
Editor
Blount Press Row

The fate of the District 4AAA tournament at Maryville is now awaiting a phone call and a possible scenario not everyone is going to be happy with.

At some point this evening, administrators will learn if the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association will allow the girls’ and boys’ consolation and championship games to be played on Sunday.

If approved, the schedule has Maryville and William Blount meeting in the girls’ consolation game, followed by Maryville and Lenoir City in the boys’ consolation.

Bearden and Farragut are scheduled for the girls’ championship game, with Heritage and Bearden to meet for the boys’ championship.

With area coaches scheduled for a Region 2AAA organizational meeting Sunday at 2 p.m., when the district games would be played has yet to be determined.

Should the TSSAA reject the Sunday plan, 4AAA’s seeding as it applies to next week’s Region 2AAA tournament will be determined as follows:

Girls

Top remaining seed in the championship game, Bearden, will be the No. 1-seed from 4AAA in the region tournament, with its opponent, Farragut, the 2 seed.

Top remaining seed in the consolation game, Maryville, will be 4AAA’s No. 3 seed in the region play, with William Blount the No. 4.

Boys

Top remaining seed in the championship game, Bearden, will be the No. 1 seed from 4AAA in the region tournament, with Heritage the 2 seed.

Top remaining seed in the consolation game, Maryville, will be 4AAA’s No. 3 seed in region play, with Lenoir City the No. 4.

That’s a big deal, especially as it applies to the region tournament boys’ field.

The No. 4 seed from 4AAA draws No. 1-ranked Oak Ridge in a region quarterfinal game. The No. 2 seed from 4AAA lands in the Wildcats’ side of a bracket for a likely region semifinal.

Region quarterfinals and semifinals are elimination games.

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