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LHS boys claim Lenoir City tourney
Lebanon High’s Blue Devils look to be primed for the rest of the grueling District 9-AAA schedule after breezing through the Lenoir City Christmas Tournament this past weekend.

Coach Jim McDowell’s squad improved to 10-2 overall with three impressive victories in the tournament -- including a 62-55 win over McMinn Central in Saturday’s finals.

A solid squad that reached the Class AA sectionals last season, the Chargers fell to 12-3 following Saturday’s loss. LHS shot 42 percent (6-of-14) from beyond the three point line in Saturday’s finals -- outstanding for most teams, but certainly fewer makes than the Blue Devils have enjoyed in previous outings.

Senior guard DaShawn McMurry led the way against McMinn Central with 25 points, knocking down half of his eight 3-point attempts and going a perfect 7-of-7 at the free throw line. Corvelle Huddleston finished with 11 points while K.K. Garnett had nine.

As a team, LHS converted 18-of-21 at the free throw line -- 85 percent. The Blue Devils pulled in 30 rebounds, 12 by Garnett.

On Friday, Lebanon reached the finals with a 59-45 win over host Lenoir City as Huddleston finished with 16 points and KeShawn Abston added 13.

In Thursday’s opener, LHS ripped Bledsoe County 70-46 as Eddie McDaniels led four Blue Devils in double figures with 13 points.

Lebanon returns to the District 9-AAA schedule Friday, Jan. 3 at Station Camp before playing at Gallatin High Tuesday, Jan. 7.

WCHS Wildcats win Nera White Classic
LAFAYETTE -- Wilson Central’s boys won for the sixth consecutive time with a 77-57 victory over Obion County in Saturday’s finals of the Nera White Christmas Tournament at Macon County High School.
    
Tournament MVP Jacob Williams blistered the Rebels 33 points as the Wildcats improved to 9-3. Ben Palmer added 18 points and Jon Rosshirt 11.

Wilson Central took control early, running out to a 27-12 lead and coasting in for the win over Obion County.
    
In Friday’s semifinals, Wilson Central blew away Jackson County 85-51. Williams led five Wildcats in double figures with 17 points. A.J. Franklin added 15 points (including four 3-pointers), Deante Miller chipped in with 13, Rosshirt and Palmer had 12 each.

Williams scored 40 points, knocking down 16-of-21 shots, to lead WCHS to a 87-61 win over host Macon County in Thursday’s opener.

The Wildcats will return to District 9-AAA action Friday, Jan. 3 with a trip to Gallatin. On Tuesday, WCHS will host Station Camp.

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