MT. JULIET -- No. 2-ranked Mt. Juliet advanced to tonight's Region 5AAA semifinals in Clarksville against Beech with a 65-36 victory over Henry County Friday, Feb. 26 at "The Cave".
Coach Chris Fryer's team, the District 9AAA regular season and tournament champion, improved to 29-1 with the victory and face a "do-or-die" game tonight vs. the Lady Bucs.
Beech earned another crack at Mt. Juliet with a 69-60 victory over Clarksville Northeast Friday.
Three minutes into the second period, Mt. Juliet got consecutive 3-point shots from Carissa Peterson to take a 24-12 lead and Henry County would never recover. The Lady Bears finished the second period with a 19-8 scoring edge to build a 35-16 halftime lead.
Mt. Juliet pounded the ball inside to Caya Williams and Britt Bell in the third quarter for an 18-14 scoring advantage. The duo combined for 13 points as the Lady Bears went into the fourth quarter leading 53-30.
Williams and Bell with 17 points each. Peterson finished with eight points while Helen Mitchner scored seven. Paige Bugher had six points with Chelsea Brown scoring five points. Allyson Hayes scored three points and Emily Gurchiek added two points.