By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Wilson County posted the second highest median household income for 2009 and the second lowest percent of people below the poverty rate out of the 20 most populous counties in Tennessee as part of the United States Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Data released this month showed Wilson County having a median household income, adjusted for inflation, of $61,082 in 2009. (The 2009 figures are the most recent. The official data from the 2010 census will become available in early spring 2011.)
The American Community Survey provides one-year estimates for geographical areas with a population of 65,000 or more. The survey is an ongoing process providing communities with data in one-, three- and five-year periods. Data from 2009 was released this month for more than 7,000 geographical areas in the United States.
LADY BEARS DOWN ROCKCASTLE, KY
GREENEVILLE -- Mt. Juliet High earned a chance to defend its GreenBank Ladies' Classic title by rallying in the second half to beat Rockcastle County (Ky.) 60-47 in the tournament's first semifinal matchup Thursday night at Hal Henard Gym.
Rockcastle County led 28-19 at halftime. The Lady Bears made some key adjustments and came out of the locker room a team ona mission.
Caya Williams scored 22 of her game-leading 26 points over the final two periods to lead Mt. Juliet back to the championship game for the second straight year.
Mt. Juliet coach Chris Fryer said the biggest adjustment his team made was the Lady Bears started playing the way they capable.
"Really we just challenged our kids to have a little pride. I thought we laid down in the first half. We didn't play Mt. Juliet basketball,"Fryer said. "In the second half our press helped us a little. We challenged our big girl (Williams) to take it to their post girl. In the first half we were trying to shoot trick shots instead of Mt. Juliet shots."
The Lady Bears shot 8-of-22 from the floor in the opening half. They hit 16-of-22 after the break.
The Lady Rockets (9-1) had the best of it in the first half, leading12-8 at the end of the first and spreading it in the second quarter.Shanlee Burton led Rockcastle County with 16 points. Standout SaraHammond was limited to four points for the game.
Williams finished with a double-double, pulling in a game-leading 10rebounds. The Lady Bears (13-1) worked the ball well. As a team, Mt. Juliet had 21 assists. Helen Mitchner had eight assists and she also had four steals.
Mt. Juliet is a two-time Ladies' Classic champion, having won last year and in 2004. It will be the Lady Bears' fourth appearance in the championship game. They finished as tournament runnerup in 2007.
Fryer said Mt. Juliet is happy to get the chance to defend its tournament crown.
"It's a privilege," he said. "We love coming up here and being a part of this prestigious tournament. It's awesome for us to be in thefinals. We are excited about it, and we are looking forward to the challenge."
LEBANON -- Freshman Casie Cowan scored 15 points, including 11 in the second half, but Cumberland fell behind early and was never able to recover, dropping a 57-42 decision to Indiana Wesleyan on Thursday night in the Rosa Stokes Classic.
The Bulldogs (7-4) missed their first six shots and fell behind 16-2 in the first seven minutes of the contest. CU fought back and trailed by eight at intermission before cutting the deficit to three just four minutes into the second period.
Cowan scored eight of her 11 second-half points in the first four minutes of the second half, but CU then went almost six minutes without a field goal, as IWU (13-2) put the game away with a 14-4 spurt over the next seven minutes.
Jessica Pace was the only other Bulldog in double figures with 10 points. She added six rebounds as well but suffered through a 2-for-12 shooting night.
The Bulldogs started the game very slowly, missing their first six shots from the field and scoring just two points before Samantha Harper, making her season debut, hit a baseline jumper with 13:10 left in the period. By then the Wildcats had raced out to a 16-2 advantage with five points from Thompson and four by Leann Douglas.
Cumberland scored the final six points of the half, including two jumpers from Cowan and a layup by Ashley Whitmore, cutting the deficit to 25-17 at the break. CU was just 7-for-21 from the field but scored eight points off 10 IWU turnovers.
The Bulldogs started the second half with a 12-7 run, cutting the IWU lead to 32-29 four minutes into the period. Cowan had an old fashioned 3-point play to start the spurt and finished it with five straight points.
But the Wildcats answered with their own run, this one 14-4 over a seven minute span, opening a 46-33 advantage with nine minutes remaining. Five players scored during the run, including four from Krystal Stoneking.
Cumberland takes on 18th-ranked Univ. of the Cumberlands Friday at 2 p.m. to finish the tournament.