Alcoa, GP girls advance at state

Lady Tornadoes surprise Westmoreland while Lady Highlanders cruise to quarterfinal win
Basketballs on a rack before a game
Basketballs on a rack before a game(Jacob Russo/WBNG)
Published: Mar. 9, 2022 at 8:53 AM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Division-I Girls State basketball tournament is underway at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and a couple East Tennessee teams advanced on day one.

Unranked Alcoa, facing the 7th ranked team in Class-2A, the Westmoreland Lady Eagles, took the lead with 6:35 to go in the first quarter and never gave it up on their way to a 47-38 win. It is the Lady Tornadoes first state tournament win since 1984.

Westmoreland, ranked seventh in Class 2A in the final Tennessee high school girls basketball Associated Press poll, fell to unranked Alcoa. The Tornadoes took the lead with 6:35 left in the first quarter and never relinquished it.

Meanwhile, Gatlinburg-Pittman had no problems advancing to the Class-2A State semifinal game. The lady Highlanders jumped on Scotts Hill early and never let up on their way to a 68-32 win.

Now 28-9, GP will now face York Institute in the semifinals on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET. The win is the second in school history for the Lady Highlanders, who also reached the semifinals back in 2017.

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