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The Renasant Tourney

Lady Rebels, Rebels enter state’s Nos. 1- and 2-ranked teams

Maryville junior Joe Anderson celebrates his game-winning three against Bearden earlier this month as Christian Gale (11) and Emilio Cornelio join in. Photos by Jolanda Jansma

By Stefan Cooper
Blount Press Row

Sophomore guard Denae Fritz is a big part of the reason the Lady Rebels enter this year’s tournament the state’s No. 1-ranked team.

Looking for some post Christmas hoops to get your motor running for the district schedule to come?

The Renasant Bank Christmas Tournament at Maryville the next three days is just what the doctor ordered as we ready to bid farewell to 2018.

The girls field features’s No. 1-ranked Lady Rebels (13-0), with seniors Courtney Carruthers and Lindsey Taylor and sophomore Denae Fritz pacing a fun bunch that can really put up some points.

No. 11 Farragut (12-3), Powell, Blackman and Class AA powers McMinn Central and Fulton are part of an impressive girls bracket.

Maryville’s No. 2-ranked and district front-running Rebels (12-1) will have their hands full as well. Top-ranked Fulton (8-1), the 2018 Class AA runners up, are back for another go. That’s enough for us right there.

Here’s a look at the brackets:

Renasant Bank Christmas Tournament

Farragut 70, Cosby 36
Blackman 69, Powell 43
McMinn Central 60, Fulton 37
Maryville 69, Anderson Co. 33

Powell 57, Cosby 43
Anderson Co. 54, Fulton 53
Blackman 54, Farragut 42
Maryville 55, McMinn Central 47

11 a.m. –
Cosby vs. Fulton
12:15 – Powell vs. Anderson Co.
4:30 – Farragut vs. McMinn Central
7 – Championship game
Maryville vs. Blackman


Fulton 73, Farragut 42
Jefferson Co. 61, Powell 54
Anderson Co. 57, David Crockett 50
Maryville 83, Cosby 74

Powell 40, Farragut 29
Cosby 69, David Crockett 62
Fulton 71, Jefferson Co. 38
Maryville 75, Anderson Co. 51

1:30 –
Farragut vs. David Crockett
3 – Powell vs. Cosby
5:45 – Jefferson Co. vs. Anderson Co.
8:15 – Championship game
Fulton vs. Maryville

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