ANTIOCH -- Friendship Christian’s Lady Commanders overcame a lot Tuesday in a 50-40 win over Donelson Christian in the opening round of the Mid-State Christmas Tournament being staged at Ezell-Harding. Down 25-24 at intermission, FCS battled back to take the victory, despite a huge difference in fouls and free throws.
Coach Deanna Teeter’s squad was whistled for 31 fouls as DCA marched to the charity stripe 34 times, hitting 24. Friendship finished 11-of-15 from the line mainly due to holding the ball in the fourth quarter.
“We responded pretty well to some adverse circumstances,” Coach Teeter said after the game. “We hit some clutch free throws in the fourth quarter to put it away.”
The Lady Commanders were 6-of-8 in the fourth quarter as Laurel Burroughs was a perfect four-of-four from the line. Andi Morrisett led FCS with 14 points while Burroughs and Kaitlyn Teeter reached double figures with 12 points apiece. Woodall and Neal had six points each as Friendship improved to 8-3 on the season. The Lady Commanders are scheduled to play either Columbia Academy or Portland today (Wedneday) in a 4 p.m. second round contest.
Donelson Christian 66, Friendship 51 (boys)
ANTIOCH -- Donelson Christian ran out to a nine-point halftime lead and never looked back for a 66-51 win over Friendship Christian in Tuesday’s opening round action of the Mid-State Christmas Tournament being contested at Ezell-Harding Christian School.
The Commanders fell to 8-2 on the season headed into a Wednesday morning consolation round game against the loser of last night’s Portland - Columbia Academy contest.
Mark Sandoval paced the Commanders with 14 points while Kyle Neal added 10. Hunter Anderson scored nine points while Cameron Hill chipped in with six. Nick Smith had four points, Dalton Patterson and Sam Lancaster had two points apiece while Drew Hutchison and Dekolas Reeves had a free throw apiece.
Friendship Christian finished 8-of-14 at the free throw line.