published Friday, February 28th, 2014

Wesleyan, Bryan win in AAC tourney and other sports news

The top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan women's basketball team won in the quarterfinals of the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament Thursday in Kingsport, Tenn., as did Bryan's third-seeded Lady Lions, but their male counterparts lost.

Cody Houck scored 22 points, AAC player of the year Armeka Booker had 10 plus seven rebounds and five steals and Shira Buley had 12 assists for Wesleyan's Lady Bulldogs (24-3) in a 68-52 defeat of Truett-McConnell. Two Chattanooga-area players, Rhande Haskett and Helen Simoes, led the Lady Bears with 18 points each.

Devante' Jenkins and all-conference Tyler Burse had 18 points each and 13 and 11 rebounds for the third-seeded Wesleyan men (16-13), and Shannon Smith had 15 points with eight assists, but sixth-seeded Virginia Intermont won 84-80 behind 24 points from reserve Javon Price and 20 plus nine rebounds from player of the year Joshua Hart.

Robert Troino scored 19 points with five 3-pointers and Brandon Cole and Derrick Walker had 15 and 11 points and 12 and 13 rebounds in Bryan's 76-63 loss to Milligan, which got 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists from Torian Sitton.

Chattanooga's Kayla Kelly, an all-conference pick, scored 14 points in the Milligan women's 83-74 defeat of Montreat.

In the last game of the day, the Lady Lions earned a semifinal berth against second-seeded Union College by downing shorthanded Reinhardt 60-55. Megan Billingsby had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Jenna Ray scored 11 points and Kelia Formont had nine points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Bryan (20-10). Kristin Lane added eight rebounds, six assists and three steals.

April Besley from Dalton had nine rebounds for Reinhardt (14-16), which was still without point guard Payton Smith, the AAC's steals leader from Sonoraville, after losing hot-shooting Erika Woodfin from Dade County to a knee injury with eight games left in the regular season.

• Lee University's first-place Lady Flames extended their winning streak to 14 with a 73-52 Gulf South Conference win at West Georgia, as Karley Miller scored 17 points and Jenna Adams and Hollie German added 10 apiece. Adams had seen rebounds and German and Rachel Lockhart had four assists each for Lee (21-4, 17-2).

Lee lost the men's game 76-68 despite 18 points from Jamal Worthington and 13 and 11 from Cory Billingsley and Tyquan Roberts.

• Cleveland State's Cougars won 82-75 in a regular-season-ending TCCAA makeup game at Roane State, but the Lady Cougars lost 80-67.

Keevin Tyus scored 26 points and Robert Brandon had 20 for the Cougars (13-11, 8-10), while Stetson Moore scored 16. Jara Gasper had 20 points and Jamesha Mosley and Aysia Grimsley each scored 16 for the Cleveland State women (18-8, 10-8). Ashley Cox scored 26 to lead the Raideretttes (18-11, 12-6).

• Wednesday in Morristown, Walters State swept Chattanooga State in a TCCAA doubleheader, but it took an 81-80 overtime decision by the Senators to complete it.

The nationally second-ranked and 29-0 Lady Senators won 89-43 with MiShannon Wilbanks from Red Bank scoring a team-high 15 points. Daisha Eddy led the Lady Tigers with nine. Nicholas Scott scored 18 and Dajion Williams and Billy Hughes added 15 and 12 for the Chattanooga State men. Aaron Wheeler had 28 points and six assists and Chattanoogan Trey Suttles had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Senators.

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