Hutton advances to state final
MURFREESBORO -- Shelbyville Central has taken home a number of state titles in girls basketball but recent graduate Mallory Hutton will be looking to bring home the school's first championship in tennis.
Hutton faces Centennial's Kaylene Chadwell in the Class AAA singles title match this morning at the outstanding tennis facilities Old Fork Park.
She advanced to the championship after claiming a pair of matches on Thursday, defeating Cleveland's Kelsey Cantrell 6-0, 64 in the quarterfinals followed by a 6-1, 6-1 victory of Jade Daniels of Beech in the afternoon.
"To be honest, I don't now how to put this into words. This is really fun and I'm definitely enjoying the he moment," Hutton said. "All the support that I've had is really overwhelming. I'm just thankful for the opportunity to represent Shelbyville Central High School as well as all of Shelbyville in the state tournament."
Hutton (25-3) has been impressive all season and was in total control in every aspect of her game on Thursday.
She got in a high percentage of first serves, played well at the baseline and was aggressive at the net when the opportunity was there.
As well as she played on the court, the mental aspect of her game was even more impressive.
Throughout both matches she stayed focused and on track with what she does best.
"Mallory has reached a level of maturity in her game and she has really brought her game together in a special way," Central tennis coach Doyle Hutton, her father, said. "She's been on this stage before. She's never made the state but she has played in a lot of big matches over the years and she handles herself well. Win or lose, she's playing good tennis and you can always be proud of that.
Playing two matches in less than five hours in the heat is a challenge but Hutton was able to get early leads in each set.
Even though she is competing for an individual state title, coach Hutton knows that Mallory's success is a credit to many others.
"Mallory has had so much support from this community and I'm just so proud that she's having a chance to add to the great tradition at Shelbyville Central High School," coach Hutton said. "All the support from the community as well as our principal, Mr. (Don) Embry, and our athletic director, Whit
Taylor, this has just been a very rewarding experience."