Tuesday Around UC Sports Nation: Cookeville to Play for Marlin Tournament Championship

The Cookeville Cavaliers have endured an up-and-down season, of sorts, throughout the first two months of the regular season, but the Cavs have put it together this week in Panama City, FL. On Tuesday, Cookeville (8-8) knocked off the host school of the Marlin Christmas Tournament, Arnold, FL, 52-36, to earn a berth in Wednesday’s tournament championship. Cookeville is scheduled to play the winner from the top side of their bracket, Wednesday evening, at 7:30 p.m. CST.

Meanwhile, the Pickett County Bobcats will look to go 3-0 at the Innisfree Hotels Tournament in Pensacola Beach, FL, after crushing Silliman Institute of Mississippi, 61-25 on Tuesday. The Bobcats (12-3) breezed out to a 19-3 lead after the first period and never looked back. Hunter Wattenbarger tallied 19 points, while Zach Amonett added 12. Pickett County will play Wayne County at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday.

In girls’ action, Clay County (10-1) opened play in the Richland Classic in Lynnville with a 65-28 rout of Santa Fe. Livingston Academy opened play at the Carolina Invitational in Charleston, SC, with a 46-39 win over New Hope, AL, while White County suffered a semifinal setback at the Cactus Jam in Phoenix, AZ, with a 71-45 loss to Olmsted Falls, OH.

Here’s Tuesday’s scoreboard and a look at scheduled tournament games for Wednesday:

Clarkrange 54
Vicksburg, MS 42
(Innisfree Hotels Pensacola Beach)

Clay Co. 65
Santa Fe 28
(Richland Christmas Classic)

DeKalb Co. 59
Community 53
(AFLAC Shootout – Watertown)

Livingston Academy 46
New Hope, AL 39
(Carolina Invitational)

Upperman 48
Shelby Valley, KY 42
(Andrew Johnson Bank Ladies Classic)

Olmsted Falls, OH 71
White Co. 45
(Cactus Jam)

Cookeville 52
Arnold, FL 36
(Marlin Christmas Tournament)

Siegel 50
DeKalb Co. 39
(AFLAC Shootout – Watertown)

Livingston Academy 55
Mt. Juliet 52
(AFLAC Shootout – Watertown)

Pickett Co. 61
Silliman Institute, MS 25
(Innisfree Hotels Pensacola Beach)

Stone Memorial 72
Sequoyah 60
(Maryville Christmas Tournament)

Jefferson Co. 56
Upperman 46

Jordan Christian, FL 45
Van Buren Co. 41
(Marlin Christmas Tournament)

Knox Central, KY 67
White Co. 42
(Innisfree Hotels Pensacola Beach)

York Institute 77
Macon Co. 67
(Allen Co., KY Christmas Tournament)


Wednesday, December 29
Clarkrange vs. Gulf Breeze, FL (Innisfree Hotels Pensacola Beach Tournament)
Clay Co. vs. Gleason (Richland Christmas Classic – Semifinal)
Cookeville vs. Gulf Coast, FL (Tampa Bay Invitational)
Cumberland Co. vs. North Port, FL (Tampa Bay Invitational)
DeKalb Co. vs. Gallatin (AFLAC Shootout – Watertown)
Livingston Academy vs. Summerville, SC (Carolina Invitational)
Upperman vs. Oak Ridge (Andrew Johnson Bank Ladies Classic)
Warren Co. vs. Wesley Chapel, FL (Tampa Bay Invitational)
White Co. vs. Prestonwood, TX (Cactus Jam – Phoenix, AZ)

Clay Co. vs. Harlan, KY (Monticello, KY Bank Classic)
Cookeville vs. TBA (Marlin Christmas Tournament Championship)
DeKalb Co. vs. Community (AFLAC Shootout – Watertown)
Livingston Academy vs. Trousdale Co. (AFLAC Shootout – Watertown)
Pickett Co. vs. Wayne Co. (Innisfree Hotels Pensacola Beach Tournament)
Stone Memorial vs. Maryville (Maryville Christmas Tournament)
Van Buren Co. vs. South Walton, FL (Marlin Christmas Tournament)
White Co. vs. Bell County, KY (Innisfree Hotels Pensacola Beach Tournament)
York Institute vs. TBD (Allen Co., KY Christmas Tournament)

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