MONDAY'S QUARTERFINALS -
NORTH MT. JULIET – With his team down 30-27 headed into the final eight minutes of regulation, Green Hill senior Zack Blair drilled a pair of 3-pointers and added a free throw to help the Hawks to a thrilling 46-45 home win over rival Mt. Juliet in Monday's District 9AAA quarterfinal game.
Coach Troy Allen's team out-scored Mt. Juliet 19-15 in the fourth quarter as senior Riggs Abner chipped in with six of his eight points.
Green Hill led 10-9 after the first quarter and 20-18 at intermission.
The Golden Bears used a 12-7 third quarter run to take a three-point lead headed into the final period.
Mo Ruttlen led Green Hill with 12 points while Blair added 10.
Mt. Juliet's Jacob Burge splashed four 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 23. Josh Keck added 10 for the Bears who saw their season come to an end with a record of 10-18.
With the victory, No. 2 seed Green Hill (14-7) snapped a modest two-game losing streak and earned a Tuesday home game in the semifinals against No. 3 Station Camp (21-6) – a 55-54 winner over No. 6 Gallatin Monday.
GREEN HILL (46): Riggs Abner 8, Kaleb Greer 2, Zack Blair 10, Paxton Davidson 6, Blake Stacey 2, Trent Thomas 2, Mo Ruttlen 12, Garrett Brown 1, Jason Burch 3.
MT. JULIET (45): Kyle Taylor 3. Osize Daniyan 4, Josh Keck 10, Jacob Burge 23, Matt Delfendahl 1, Zach Freeman 1, Owen Rodriguez 3.
Halftime: 20-18, Green Hill.
(girls) Green Hill 52, Station Camp 30
NORTH MT. JULIET – Aubrey Blankenship exploded for 23 points Monday to lead No. 4 seed Green Hill to a 52-30 home win over No. 5 seed Station Camp in a District 9AAA quarterfinal contest.
With the win, the Lady Hawks improve to 14-8 overall and advance to the tournament semifinals Tuesday at No. 1 seed Lebanon High.
Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium with both teams having earned spots in next week's Region 5AAA tournament.
Green Hill led 15-7 after one period, 20-15 at half and 39-19 going into the fourth quarter.
Sydnee Richetto chipped in with 11 points for the Lady Hawks while Savannah Kirby knocked down three 3-pointers for nine.
Station Camp (10-11) was led by Marisa Wirtz with 12 points.
GREEN HILL (52): Sydnee Richetto 11, Aubrey Blankenship 23, Ava Heilman 6, Kensley Carter 3, Savannah Kirby 9.
STATION CAMP (30): Marisa Wirtz 12, Anvolvwa Richards 8, Noelle King 3, Arielle Everett 7.
Halftime: 20-15, GHHS.