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MJCA wins two at Boyd Christian
McMINNVILLE -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy swept a doubleheader at Boyd Christian Academy Tuesday night.

The Lady Saints went out to a 26-0 first quarter lead and never looked back en route to a 44-7 win in the opener. Now 6-6 on the season, MJCA was led by 14 points from Shelby Leech, 12 from Lynnze Ethridge and 10 points from Jessica Melvin.

The nightcap found the Saints riding a strong second quarter burst in a 56-50 win over the Broncos.

MJCA (7-5 overall) overcame a 16-10 Boyd Christian lead with an 18-7 run in the second quarter. The Saints never trailed again. Jackson Harrell led MJ Christian with 14 points; Ben Wankel had 13 and Sam Mummert chipped in with 12 points.

MJCA will be on the road Friday, Jan. 6 for a twin bill at Webb School in Bell Buckle.

Mt. Juliet hammers Portland
MT. JULIET -- Two lopsided wins went up on the Mt. Juliet ledger Tuesday night as both the Lady Bears and Bears hammered District 9AAA opponent Portland High.

The Lady Bears of Coach Chris Fryer improved to 15-2 overall and 3-0 in the league with a 55-19 victory.

MTSU-signee Caya Williams led all scorers with 17 points while Jamasha Jackson had 10. Helen Mitchner knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with nine.

The nightcap was all Black and Gold as the Bears led 15-0 after one quarter and went on to record a 57-25 victory over the Panthers. MJHS (13-3 overall / 3-0 in 9AAA) was led by 12 points from C.J. McEwen and 10 from Quinton Hall.

Mt. Juliet will entertain league foe Beech High on Friday night, Jan. 6.

Watertown splits with RBS
WATERTOWN -- The Purple Tigerettes dropped a 47-41 to District 8A rival red Boiling Springs Tuesday night, despite 20 points from Morgan Gartner.

Watertown (10-6 overall / 0-1 in 8A) led 23-22 at intermission, but RBS took control with a 17-10 third quarter run.

Hayley Clark had eight points while Hailey Speck had five and Kristen Vantrease four for Watertown.

The Purple Tigers wasted no time in putting the hammer down in Tuesday's nightcap, racing to a 24-5 lead en route to a 68-26 victory over the Bulldogs.

Watertown, now 13-2 / 1-0, was led by 13 points from KeAnDre Bates and 12 each from Nick Sackman and Ty Jobe.

Watertown will be at home Friday, Jan. 6 to take on in-county rival Friendship Christian School.

FCS splits with Gordonsville
LEBANON -- Gordonsville's Lady Tigers knocked off Friendship Christian 41-30 Tuesday night in the District 8A opener for both teams at the Bay Family Sportsplex.

GHS closed out the game on a 12-3 run as Friendship dropped to 6-5 on the season.

Andi Morrisett led FCS with 13 points while Deja Jones had eight.

Mark Sandoval broke loose for 22 points as the Friendship boys thumped Gordonsville 76-44 in Tuesday's second game.

FCS, now 9-2 overall / 1-0 in 8A, got 16 points from Allen Heaston. Dalton Patterson and Sam Lancaster had eight points each for the winners.

Friendship will be on the road Friday night at Watertown High.

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