Beech 41, Lebanon 31
LEBANON -- Deshiya Hoosier opened the game with a 3-pointer and Beech led rest of the way in a 41-31 win over Lebanon Friday at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.
Hardly a masterpiece as the District 9AAA leaders swapped air balls, bricks, botched layups and turnovers -- the Lady Bucs managed to grind out enough key buckets to hold LHS at bay.
With the win, Beech improved to 16-1 overall and 5-0 in the district headed into a Tuesday, Jan. 21 game at Hendersonville.
"We know Lebanon is a good defensive team and we're a good defensive team," said Beech coach Kristi Utley. "It came down to our guards getting the advantage."
Defensive pressure forced Lebanon into nine first quarter turnovers as Beech seized an early 13-7 lead. A slower paced third quarter saw each team score only five points for an 18-12 Lady Bucs' lead at intermission.
"I told our girls during halftime that as poorly as we had played, we were only down six," said Lebanon coach Cory Barrett. "But Beech took us out of everything we wanted to do. When a Triple A team only scores eight baskets, they're probably not going to win."
Leading 27-20 going into the fourth quarter, Hoosier drilled another long 3-pointer to push the Beech lead to nine points.
Rebecca Brown and Aaryn Grace Lester answered with a two and a three to trim the lead to four at 29-25 with 5:40 remaining, but Beech worked the clock the rest of the way and closed the game on a 7-1 run.
Addie Porter led the Devilettes with nine points as Lebanon (15-5 / 5-1) was limited to only eight field goals and shot just 9-of-17 at the line (53 percent).
Sophomore Bri Ellis led Beech with 12 points while Hoosier added nine. They Lady Bucs also went 9-of-17 at the free throw line.
Lebanon is scheduled to host Portland Tuesday, Jan. 21 and will play at Mt. Juliet Jan. 24.
BEECH (41): Jana Claire Swafford 5, Natasia Jones 2, Bri Ellis 12, Deshiya Hoosier 9, Mia Dean 6, Laci Walmer 3, Kyndal Chenault 4.
LEBANON (31): Addie Porter 9, Aaryn Grace Lester 3, Allissa Mulaski 4, Rebecca Brown 5, Avery Harris 4, Terr Reynolds 2, Meioshe Mason 4.
Station Camp 66, Mt. Juliet 46
GALLATIN -- Station Camp blew open a two-point game with a 23-5 fourth quarter run to seal a 66-46 win over District 9AAA rival Mt. Juliet Friday.
Lady Bison teammates Faith Eubank and Marisa Wirtz each scored 22 points in the victory improving Station Camp to 9-9 overall and 3-3 in league play.
“I thought our intensity and pride really picked up in the fourth quarter,” Station Camp coach Miranda Cravens said.
Leading 43-41 at the end of the third quarter, Station Camp opened the final frame on an 11-2 run before a Mt. Juliet timeout at the 2:36 mark seemingly put the game on ice.
“I thought in the fourth quarter Station Camp was able to put the Eubank girl on Halle (Jones) and she was able to play a little more physical,” said Mt. Juliet coach Chris Fryer.
“Also, Taylor Pruitt didn’t play at all because I didn’t want to risk her knee getting re-injured. Taylor does a nice job with Hailey of playing the high-low game so we didn’t have that in the fourth.
"I thought down seven there was no need to put her in the game and further risk her since she just got back from her injury.”
The Lady Bison forced nine steals while committing just nine turnovers, and also sank six 3-pointers in the game.
Mt. Juliet slipped to 6-9 overall and 2-4 in league play.
"From the start of the year to now, Fryer said his team has grown by leaps and bounds but adds there is still plenty of room for growth.
“They’ve made so many strides from the start of the season,” he said. “They are able to play with teams and have an actual basketball game go on. As we get to our tournament we want to execute better with each position playing their best. Having Hailey be consistent would be great because she could receive pressure off the perimeter. It all works together and when it does by tournament time we could be in good shape. We are one of the few teams that run a post offense but we are also one of the few teams that consistently show up to the state tournament.”
Mt. Juliet plays at Wilson Central Tuesday, Jan. 21 and returns home against rival Lebanon Jan. 24.
MT. JULIET (46): Halle Jones 21, Nevaeh Majors 11, Ava Heilman 6, Kaitlyn Bertman 3, Adelyn Kendall 3, Ashlyn Riggs 2
STATION CAMP (66): Marisa Wirtz 22, Faith Eubank 22, Taja Crey 7, Reagan Morris 6, Tinsley Thompson 3, Arielle Everett 2, Maren Franchek 2.
Wilson Central 54, Portland 41
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central moved to 11-6 overall and 3-1 in District 9AAA following Friday's 54-41 home win over Portland.
The Lady Wildcats went 7-of-11 at the line in the fourth quarter and out-scored PHS 19-10, breaking open a back and forth contest.
Kaylee Richetto knocked down three 3-pointers and led Wilson Central with 20 points. Jasmin Angel added 11 and Campbell Strange added 10.
Portland (9-11 / 1-5) was led by Rayleigh Hester with nine points and and Abi Thomerson with eight.
WCHS is scheduled to host rival Mt. Juliet Tuesday, Jan. 21 while Portland visits Lebanon.
PORTLAND (41): Abbie Tomlinson 3, Abi Thomerson 8, Rachel Westveer 5, Rayleigh Hester 9, Doley McCloud 6, Lexie Williams 5, Sami Parker 3, Madison Linville 2.
WILSON CENTRAL (54): Sydnee Richetto 20, Campbell Strange 10, Nicole Brill 2, Sydney Dalton 2, Jasmin Angel 11, Cloe Smith 2, Kristen Smith 3, Jakoria Wooda 4.
Friendship Christian 45, Todd Central (KY) 36
ELKTON, KY -- Down 27-26 going into the fourth quarter, Friendship Christian closed out host Todd Central on an 18-10 run for a 45-36 win Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Commanders led 10-7 after one, but fell behind 19-15 at intermission.
FCS out-scored the Lady Rebels 30-17 in the second half.
Rachel Pippin led the Lady Commanders with 18 points and Savannah Craighead added 13.
Friday action at the Bay Family Sportsplex found Friendship scoring a 46-39 victory over Ezell-Harding.
Pippin and Craighead had 16 points apiece in the victory while Brooke Jones added nine and Hanna Alexander 5.
The Commanders return to Division II play Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Goodpasture.
FRIENDSHIP (45): Rachel Pippin 18, Savannah Craighead 13, Brooke Jones 6, Anna Taylor 3, Hannah Alexander 3, Kennedy West 2.
TODD CENTRAL (36): Ciara Collins 2, Shelby Johnson 2, Emoni Fort 2, Lucy Chester 13, Timiya Foster 6, Eliza Simons 6, Jordan Weathers 5.
Watertown 51, Smith Co. 26
WATERTOWN -- Led by Emma Christensen’s hot hand beyond the arc, host Watertown knocked off Smith County 51-26 Friday night in a District 8AA contest.
Christensen knocked down 7-of-13 attempts from deep to lead Watertown (11-9, 1-5) with 27 points. Brittni Allison finished with 13 for the Lady Tigers.
Watertown jumped out to a 17-8 lead at the end of the first period and extended its lead to 31-15 at halftime on a 14-7 run.
The Lady Tigers’ defense shined in the third, limiting the Lady Owls to two points as Watertown extended the lead to 43-17.
Smith County managed to outscore Watertown 9-8 in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough.
Watertown will host to Cannon County Friday, Jan. 24 in a district matchups.
Back on Tuesday, Jan. 14, host Livingston Academy jumped to a 21-7 first quarter lead on the way to a 60-45 win over Watertown.
Allison led the Lady Tigers with 11 points.
SMITH COUNTY (26): Anna Vining 7, Emma Enoch 4, Gracie Williams 4, Elle Haughton 4, Allexis West 3, Gracey Angel 2, Addie Hawkins 2.
WATERTOWN (51): Emma Christensen 27, Brittni Allison 13, Daejah Maklary 7, Alie Tunks 3, Delanney Hight 1.
Clarksville Academy 60, MJ Christian 16
MT. JULIET -- Clarksville Academy rolled to a 60-16 win at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Friday, Jan. 17.
Shinae Johnson had eight points for the Lady Saints while Amelia Lyons scored five points and Megan Blackwell had three.
Now, 5-12 on the season, MJCA is scheduled to host Goodpasture Monday, Jan. 20 at 4:30 p.m. and Curry Ingram Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.