|MJ thumps Rogers, Ark.|
|Wednesday, December 30, 2009|
LADY BEARS REACH SEMIFINALS
The win upped Mt. Juliet’s record to 11-1 on the season and sends Coach Chris Fryer’s team into the tournament semifinals Wednesday night against Cosby (Va.). Mt. Juliet held the Lady Mounties (9-3) off the scoreboard for close to five minutes to start the third stanza in building a double-digit spread and never looked back.
Mt. Juliet held a narrow 13-10 lead after a quarter and increased the margin to 22-15 at the half. A 9-0 run to start the third gave the Lady Bears a solid cushion with the advantage growing to as much as 20. The fourth period featured essentially basket-swapping.
The Lady Bears improved their shooting significantly in the second half (52.4 percent) and finished 20-of-46 for the game for 43.5 percent. The Lady Mounties were held to an 11-for-28 shooting effort (39.3 percent). The game was a well-played one as Mt. Juliet committed a mere eight turnovers to14 by Rogers.
Post Caya Williams fired in 21 points for the winners, burying 10-of-14 shots. She also added a game-high seven rebounds. Helen Mitchner added nine, all on treys. Britt Bell dished out a game-high six assists and finished with seven points.
South Greene 61, Wilson Central 45
Wilson Central dropped the Rebels in overtime in last year’s championship game. South Greene held a 26-14 halftime edge. They quickly spread the lead to 20 early in the third. Wilson Central clawed back to get within 13 with 3:30 left in the period, and had a chance to get closer but missed on a one-plus free throw opportunity.
The Rebs (9-3) responded with a 3-point play by Shelby Hicks and two more free throws by Hicks to get the lead back to 41-23, and the Wildcats couldn’t make another serious run.
Taylor Peterson had 15 points and nine rebounds for Wilson Central (6-5). Sydney Vanlandingham added 10 points. With the loss, Central was dispatched to the consolation bracket where they were scheduled to play Maryville Wednesday afternoon.