Girls state tournament team capsules

Douglas Fritz • Updated Mar 5, 2019 at 3:45 PM

Science Hill’s Lady Hilltoppers will participate in the Class AAA state basketball tournament, which begins Wednesday in Murfreesboro.

Here’s a capsule look at the eight teams in the tournament — including Oak Ridge, which plays Science Hill on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (EST) in a quarterfinal contest.


Science Hill has a record of 5-6 in six state appearances. All of the wins came in a three-year stretch from 2011-13.

Science Hill was state runner-up in 2012 and 2013, losing to Murfreesboro Riverdale both times. The other appearances were 1992, 1985 and 1984.

In 1985, Melissa McCray scored 38 points for a total that is still in the top 10 all-time for the state tournament. McCray had 29 second-half points in the 50-47 loss to Nashville’s Pearl Cohn.

She had 30 points in the 1984 loss to eventual champion Chattanooga Brainerd, which was led by Venus Lacy — who went on to have a Hall of Fame career for Louisiana Tech and later became an Olympic gold medalist.

Sectional: SH 55, Maryville 52

OAK RIDGE (33-2)

The Lady Wildcats boast Class AAA Miss Basketball finalist Jada Guinn. The 5-8 senior guard, who has signed with Tennessee Tech, is averaging 24.1 points per game.

Oak Ridge is making its 24th state appearance and has an all-time record of 28-20 with three championships (1988, 1994, 1997).

The Lady Wildcats made the finals in 2016, losing to Riverdale, 68-36.

Sectional: OR 59, Dobyns-Bennett 42


The three-time defending state champion has four players averaging double figures in scoring. Aislyn Hayes is a 5-6 senior (14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.8 steals) while Alasia Hayes is a 5-6 junior (13.5 points, 6.8 rebounds).

Aislyn has signed with Middle Tennessee State, which also reeled in her older sister, Anastasia, after she was dismissed from the University of Tennessee last summer.

Riverdale has been to the state nine times in the last 13 years, winning seven titles in the stretch. The Lady Warriors are 23-1 all-time in the five-on-five state-tournament era. Their only loss was a 68-59 decision against Memphis Central in 2011 finals, and they have won 15 straight state tournament games since that loss.

Sectional: Riverdale 65, Stone Memorial 45


Five-foot-10 senior Jayla Hemingway is averaging 22.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 3.2 steals per game. She has signed to play at Mississippi State.

Melisa Carter averages 12.3 points and 8.3 rebounds a contest while junior Destinee Wells totals 11.9 points and 6.5 assists per game.

The Mustangs are in the state tournament for the third straight season. They were runner-up last year, losing to Riverdale 77-50, and have been eliminated by the eventual champion in each of their previous three appearances (Riverdale in 2017 and Blackman in 2014).

Sectional: Houston 64, Dyer Co. 47


Double-digit scorers are Anna Walker (13 points, 6.8 rebounds) and Jamaryn Blair.

The Bearettes don’t have the standout players from previous years, but are 31-3 and in the state tournament for the fifth time in seven years. They haven’t made the finals since 1995 and haven’t won a title in the five-on-five era.

Sectional: Bradley 43, Oakland 37


A balanced attack is led by Lanetta Williams with 11.1 points per game. The 6-4 senior also averages 7.4 rebounds.

This is the third state appearance in five years for the Lady Tigers, who are looking for their first state tournament win.

Sectional: Arlington 64, Whithaven 58

MT. JULIET (27-6)

Emma Palmer, a 6-1 junior post player, broke loose for 35 points and 14 rebounds in the sectional win. Tee Davis added 20 points.

The Bearettes are back in the state for the sixth time in 10 years. Their last state title came in 2005.

Sectional: Mt. Juliet 74, Dickson Co. 61

LEBANON (25-10)

Certainly the surprise entrant in the tournament, the Lady Blue Devils didn’t have a longer winning streak than its current four games.

Allissa Mulaski, a 5-8 junior, hit seven treys and 23 points in her team’s sectional win.

A fixture in the state tournament in the six-on-six days, Lebanon is back for the first time since 1982.

Sectional: Lebanon 45, Ravenwood 32

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