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By TOMMY BRYAN
The clock is winding down on Lebanons Campbell Brandon Gym as only three more nights of varsity basketball are scheduled in the building.

Tonights matchup with Wilson Central ought to be a good one. Girls action will tip at 6:30 p.m. Live radio coverage begins at 6:15 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9.

Both squads enter tonights contest on the heels of less than stellar performances earlier in the week. Coach Bud Brandons Central team comes in after 14-6 overall and 6-3 in District 9AAA after Tuesday nights home loss to Beech. The Lady Wildcats were outscored in the fourth quarter 14-1.

Autumn Hopkins led the scoring effort with nine points on three 3-pointers while seniors Sydney Vanlandingham and Taylor Peterson were held to four points apiece.

Lebanon stands 12-10 overall / 5-4 in the league after Hendersonville High swept the regular season series with a 72-59 win on Tuesday. HHS rained down 13 3-pointers on Lebanon and placed four players in double figures.

A pair of sophomore, Madison Sloan with 22 points for Lebanon and Kelsey Yarbrough with 13, led the Devilettes.

The boys game features two teams coming off stirring victories earlier in the week.Down 32-15 in the first half, Wilson Central rallied for a 43-39 home win over Beech. The Wildcats closed out the game on a 9-0 run

Post man Malcolm St. Louis led the Wildcats with 14 points as Central improved to 17-3 overall / 8-1 in District 9AAA. Tyler Soffiantino and Conner Brandon added nine points each.

Lebanon trailed by 11 at intermission only to come roaring back for a 56-54 win at Hendersonville. Steady Cameron High led LHS with 22 points while Jemel Officer scored nine points and Shaq Cragwall had eight. The Blue Devils upped their record to 8-13 overall / 3-6 in the league.

Wilson Central is an experienced and talented basketball team with four senior starters," said LHS coach Jim McDowell -- who was an assistant last season on the Wilson Central staff.

"They have a solid inside game with St. Louis at 6'6 and Soffiantino at 6'5. They have wings who can score from the outside in (Jacob) Williams and Brandon, and they also have one of the best players in our league in Dee Oldham who can score both inside and outside.

Coach Bond does a good job of throwing a lot of things at you defensively, which in turn forces you to prepare for a number of different looks."

Homecoming -- Lebanon will celebrate basketball homecoming tonight between games of the doubleheader.

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