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North, Jackson lead Owls into semifinals of Area 2 Tournament

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By Dwane Wilder

  Austin North and Duran Jackson powered in 16 and 12 points, respectively, Monday night to carry LaFollette Middle School’s boys to a 46-30 opening-round victory over Oak Ridge-Jefferson in the Area 2 Basketball Tournament at Jacksboro.

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The 4th-seeded Owls (13-9 overall) advanced to Thursday’s semifinals to face No. 1 seed Oak Ridge-Robertsville at 5 p.m. Trailing Jefferson 17-14 at halftime, LaFollette looked as though it might not get past the first round. But the Owls stepped up their game in the second half. Dakota Dossett contributed 7 points to LaFollette’s cause, while Roston Letner and Jake Ivey had 4 each, and Ethan Jeffers had 1.

Jake Livengood led Jefferson with 12 points, all from behind the arc.

Should the Owls get past Robertsville, a team they defeated once this season during a Christmas tournament, they would play for the boy’s championship on Friday at 7 p.m. immediately following the girl’s title game at 6 p.m.

The third-seeded Lady Owls were eliminated 34-25 Monday night by sixth-seeded Jefferson in the Area 2 girl’s bracket.

Nikki Lee led all scorers with 20 points for Jefferson, which advanced to Tuesday’s semifinal game to face No. 2 seed Clinton.

Sissy Bailey led the Lady Owls with 10 points and 17 rebounds. Katie Hamblin and Amber Guy chipped in 4 points each for LaFollette, while Megan Muggridge had 3 and Kasi Phillips and Faith Evans 2 each.Jefferson enjoyed a 22-6 lead at intermission after a commanding first-half performance. Bailey scored 4 of the Lady Owls’ 6 points during the first two quarters.

In other action, Jacksboro’s teams were scheduled to open tournament play Tuesday night. The No. 1 seed Lady Eagles were to face the winner of the Robertsville vs. Horace Maynard game, while the No. 3 Eagles were matched up against No. 6 seed Clinton.

Small school division

Jellico’s teams advanced to the semifinals of their tournament with opening round wins last weekend over Burchfield from Scott County.

The Lady Blue Devils then defeated Robbins 40-33 Monday night to punch their ticket to  Saturday’s championship game at 4:45 p.m.

Destiny Bowlin paced Jellico with 12 points, while Emily Hughes had 10. 

The top-seeded Jellico boys will play Robbins tonight (Thurs.) at 7:15 p.m. for a spot in Saturday’s championship.