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LHS teams sweep in Lenoir City
LENOIR CITY -- Lebanon High's basketball teams picked up a couple of wins Thursday in the opening round of the Lenior City Christmas Tournament.

The Blue Devils improved to 8-2 on the season with an easy 70-46 victory over Bledsoe County as three LHS players cracked double figures.

Senior Eddie McDaniels knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points. DaShawn McMurry added 12 and Corvell Huddleston finished with 10 points for the winners. Long-range gunner KeShawn Abston drilled three 3-pointers for his nine points.

Coach Jim McDowell's crew advanced to a 7:30 p.m. semifinal game tonight vs. host Lenoir City -- a 79-66 winner over Soddy-Daisy on Thursday.

(girls) Lebanon 55, McMinn Central 49
LENOIR CITY -- Lebanon's Devilettes got 17 points from senior forward Madison Sloan and 10 from guard Morgan Bruce in Thursday's 55-49 victory over McMinn Central Thursday in the opening round of the Lenoir City Christmas tournament.

LHS, now 4-6 overall, advances to a 3 p.m. semifinal game vs. Maryville Heritage -- a 69-50 winner over Bledsoe County earlier Thursday. Heritage enters today's game 15-1 on the season.

Senior Kelsey Yarbrough paced Lebanon with seven rebounds and chipped in with four points.

(boys) Mt. Juliet 68, MUS 63
NASHVILLE -- Mt. Juliet improved to 7-5 on the season with a 68-63 victory over Memphis University School Thursday in the opening round of the Father Ryan Invitational.

Daniel Schroder had 23 points to lead the Golden Bears while John Mark Bell added 12, including three 3-pointers. Reagan Johnson scored 12 points and Nolan Chowbay finished with 11, including three 3-pointers.

Mt. Juliet is scheduled to play Friday at 6:15 p.m. in the tournament semifinals against Blackman -- a 47-27 first round victor over Independence.

(boys) Wilson Central 87, Macon County 61
LAFAYETTE -- Wilson Central rode the red-hot shooting of senior guard Jacob Williams for an 87-61 victory over host Macon County in Thursday's opening round of the Nera White Tournament.

Williams connected on 16-of-22 shots from the field and finished with 40 points to lead the Wildcats. Jon Rosshirt added 13 points and Ben Palmer had 12.

Wilson Central, now 7-3 overall, moves into a 7:30 p.m. Friday semifinal game against Jackson County -- a 55-51 winner over Trousdale County on Thursday.

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