GALLATIN - Station Camp senior Kavon Blankenship led the Bison to an 83-48 win over the Wilson Central Wildcats on Senior Night Friday.
Blankenship scored 14 straight points in the first quarter on his way to 25 for the game.
“I just had a lot of opportunities,” Blankenship said of his early scoring explosion. “My teammates were looking for me.
“I got hot early. Offensive rebounding helped out a lot,” he said. “It was fun.”
Before the game, Blankenship was honored for reaching the 1,000 point milestone for his career the week before against Hendersonville. “It’s something you never forget,” he said.
“He had a very good game,” Station Camp Coach Seth Massey said of Blankenship. “I thought all our seniors played very well,” he said of Blankenship, Trey Moore, Eli Thurston, Alex Vaughn, Cam Gerlach and Jack Gold, who played the last home game of their high school careers.
“I thought the seniors played well and unselfishly,” Massey said. ”It was nice to see all of those guys score.”
“These guys have jumped right in the last three years and re-established the culture we wanted in the locker room,” Massey said of his seniors. “It’s really hard to fight for the team in the world we live in. These guys are very committed to one another. I don’t ever see these guys play selfishly.”
A 3-pointer by Caleb Lawrence gave Wilson Central an 8-7 lead early in the game. It was the last time they would hold a lead in the game, as the Bison went on a 19-4 run to take a 26-12 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.
“Early on they were hitting contested shots,” Wilson Central head coach Michael Teeter said of the Bison. And, Station Camp was able to take advantage of several turnovers to stretch out their lead. “It made it hard for us to do some things defensively we wanted to do,” Teeter said.
“They go inside out really well,” Teeter said. “It works for them.
“We’ve got to come up with stops when we need them,” he added.
Sophomore Adler Keer led the Wildcats with 17 points. He was followed by Jordan Beard and Caleb Lawrence with 10 points each.
Besides the 25 from Blankenship, Station Camp added 15 from Eli Thurston.
With the loss, Wilson Central falls to 10-14 and 2-10 in District 9-AAA play. They travel to Portland on Tuesday to take on the Panthers in another district contest.
Station Camp’s record improved to 17-9 and 7-5 in the district with the win. They now stand in a three-way tie for second place with Lebanon and Beech and will travel to Mt. Juliet on Tuesday to take on the Bears who are undefeated in the district at 12-0 and are ranked second in the state in Class AAA.
“They have really good players and they’re well-coached,” Massey said. “They don’t beat themselves.”
“For the last 10 days two weeks, we’ve played well,” Massey said. “Hopefully we can keep that up.”
Boys Box Score
Station Camp (83): Kavon Blankenship 25, Eli Thurston 15, Trey Moore 9, Alex Vaughn 8, Cam Gerlach 6, Jack Gold 5, Isaiah Davis 4, Tyler Moore 3, Matt McGinn 3, Grady Parsons 3, Kheller Die’ 2.
Wilson Central (48): Adler Keer 17, Jordan Beard 10, Caleb Lawrence 10, Jared Lawrence 4, Daniel Beard 3, Hayden Moses 3, Dakota Boudacious 1.