Fayne tip leads WCHS past Lebanon -
GLADEVILLE - A last second bucket by Damion Fayne lifted Wilson Central to a 41-40 win over Lebanon Tuesday in the District 9AAAA opener for both squads.
Fayne's one-handed putback of Josh Anderson's missed free throw touched off a wild celebration as the Wildcats stunned LHS, improving to 7-10 on the season, 1-0 in the district.
Coach Michael Teeter's squad led for most of the game, running out to a 12-7 lead after one quarter and a 25-14 advantage at intermission.
The Blue Devils trimmed the margin to 33-29 after three with a 15-8 run.
LHS finally tied the score at 35-all on Wyatt Bowling's breakaway layup, then took the first lead of the game at 36-35 on a Yarin Alexander free throw with 3:11 remaining in regulation.
Wilson Central jockeyed ahead 39-36 on a basket from Adler Kerr, only to see Lebanon take a 40-39 lead on back-to-back buckets by Bowling and Alexander with :32 seconds left.
The Wildcats ran the clock down to 6.6 seconds and Ethan Thomas attacked the basket, resulting Alexander drawing his fifth foul.
Thomas was ruled unable to shoot his free throws and was replaced by Anderson who missed both attempts.
Fayne slipped inside on the miss and tipped the ball in for the game-winner.
"That's how we've got to win games," Coach Teeter said, "we had a really good first half defensively and got us a lead.
"Lebanon's way too talented to not go on a run and they found ways to score in the third. It came down to those last plays and our guys just fought until there was no time left on the clock."
Wilson Central's match-up zone gave Lebanon trouble and forced the Blue Devils into a more methodical half court game.
The Wildcats were led by Kerr with 16 points and Fayne with 12. Alexander finished with 13 for Lebanon.
Neither team was very effective at the line, WCHS went 2-of-8 while the Blue Devils hit just 6-of-13.
The loss was Lebanon's third in a row without junior Jarred Hall and dropped the Blue Devils to 15-4, 0-1 in the district.
Hall, a 6-8 forward who is considered the No. 2 Class of 2023 prospect in the state, has missed almost three full games after being kicked out of the championship game of the King of the Hill Holiday Classic Dec. 30.
He will be eligible to return Friday, Jan. 14 as LHS visits Cookeville in another District 9AAAA contest.
Wilson Central is scheduled to play at Mt. Juliet Friday.
LEBANON (40): Yarin Alexander 13, Corey Jones 2, Rolando Dowell 8, Jaylen Abston 7, Wyatt Bowling 8, Brice Njezic 2.
WILSON CENTRAL (41): Damion Fayne 12, Evan Riggin 3, Ethan Thomas 8, Adler Kerr 16, Austin Alexander 2.
Halftime score: 25-14, Wilson Central.
(girls) Lebanon 56, Wilson Central 32
GLADEVILLE - Lebanon jumped to a 20-2 lead and never looked back, rolling to a 56-32 victory over Wilson Central in Tuesday's District 9AAAA opener.
Devilette junior Finley Tomlin knocked down three 3-pointers and led all scorers with 13 points. Senior post Meioshe Mason scored 12 and pulled down 11 rebounds.
LHS improved to 15-3 on the season, 1-0 in the district with a road game at undefeated (18-0) Cookeville set Friday, Jan. 14.
Wilson Central slipped to 2-14, 0-1 with a date at Mt. Juliet Friday.
LEBANON (56): Ny'Lyia Rankins 6, Terri Reynolds 9, Asia Barr 6, Finley Tomlin 13, Meioshe Mason 12, Sani Scott 2, Tiffany Harrigan 3. TK Hastings 2, Julia Manus 2, Madison Jennings 1.
WILSON CENTRAL (32): Fadeyemi Okewusi 6, Kendyle Pickett 1, Cloe Smith 9, Jamey Ricketts 2, Sterling Webb 2, Akeley Thompson 3, Madeline Lee 2, Lillian Crutchfield 2, Kiah Seay 5.
Halftime score: 30-12, Lebanon.
Tuesday night girls -
Cookeville 63, Green Hill 38
DCA 55, MJ Christian 22
DeKalb County 60, Watertown 41
Tuesday night boys -
Friendship 46, Davidson Academy 44
Green Hill 54, Cookeville 40
DeKalb Co. 64, Watertown 57
DCA 61, MJ Christian 45