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Johnson again Miss Basketball, but Webb girls lose in state final


NASHVILLE — Glory Johnson, Webb School of Knoxville basketball All-American, was named Tennessee Miss Basketball, Division II AA, for the second straight season.

But a Lady Spartan repeat state crown will not be added.

Despite rallying twice during the game, the last of which erased an eight-point Ensworth lead early in the fourth quarter to tie it twice in the final minute, a last-second Webb foul was costly.

The Lady Tigers’ Anna Bowers, tournament Most Valuable Player, then came through.

Bowers sank a pair of free throws with six seconds to play for a 50-48 EHS win against the defending state champs in the Division II AA state championship game at David Lipscomb University Saturday, March 1.

Webb, 25-5 final record, rallied to tie the game 46-46 thanks to a Faith Dupree jumper with 1:02 remaining.

Bowers sank two free throws with 33 seconds to play, but Johnson, who scored a game-high 24 points plus grabbing 15 rebounds, made her last board count.

The 6-foot-3 senior gobbled up a missed three-pointer and drew a foul with seven seconds to play.

Johnson’s two free throws tied it 48-48.

Dupree, who ended with 10 points, joined Johnson on the All-tourney team.

Jessica Goswitz scored eight for Webb, followed by Jessica Walter and Meghan Davis with three points each.

Ensworth (27-4 final record), went ahead 14-7 after one quarter and led 25-22 at halftime.

Scoring the game’s first basket, the Lady Spartans trailed the entire first half until Goswitz’s three-point basket tied it 25-25 to begin the third quarter, then a Johnson lay-up plus Davis’ three-point field goal put Webb ahead 30-25 with 6:42 left in the period.

But the Nashville-based Lady Tigers answered with a 9-2 run to regain control before the Lady Spartans’ late-game rally.

Ensworth took a 39-36 edge into the fourth period, then built its lead to 44-36.

Webb defeated Evangelical Christian School of Memphis 42-38 in the state semifinals Thursday, Feb. 28.

Johnson led the Lady Spartans with 16 points, followed by Dupree with 15.

 

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