Arlington High School basketball team picks up win in court will play in state tournament


SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. The emotional roller coaster is over for the Arlington girls basketball team. . . The Chancery Court ruled in its favor against the TSSAA Wednesday. The programs were facing a two-year ban from the playoffs and a $2,000 fine. . This stemming from the son of coach Ashley Shields punching a Dyer County coach after a game in the Arlington parking lot. . . According to the judge, the TSSAA didnt act in good faith or provide a hearing for the program which is a breach of contract. . . Thanks to an injunction the Lady Tigers were allowed to play on Monday against Collierville for a spot in the state tournament. They came back to win that game adding an emotional moment in what was already an emotional few days. . . Now, Shields and her players can finally just focus on the game and try to bring a trophy back home. This team isnt lacking in motivation with COVID-19 putting an end to their season after reaching the state semis last year. . But it looks as if nothing is going to stop the Lady Tigers attempt at championship glory this time around. . . FOX13 spoke with Shields over the phone while she was on her way to Murfreesboro for the state tournament. . . It was definitely overwhelming, Shields said. But I remained focused throughout the whole process. The girls are important right now and thats my main concern. . . Shields expressed her happiness for the four seasons who still have at least one more game to play. . . Were here again, she said. Im just excited for them just to give them that opportunity again because they really deserve it. They are hard workers. . . With off-the-court distractions a thing of the past, the Lady Tigers will focus on winning on the court at Middle Tennessee State. They play Blackman Thursday night in the state quarterfinals.

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