(girls) Lebanon 49, Wilson Central 41
GLADEVILLE -- A strong second quarter helped lift Lebanon's Devilettes to a 49-41 win over District 9-AAA foe Wilson Central Friday.
WCHS led 13-3 after one period, but LHS poured on the gas with a 26-10 second quarter surge to take a 29-24 lead into intermission.
"I told our kids that the game wasn't going to be won or lost in the first quarter," said Lebanon coach Cory Barrett. "Wilson Central came out and punched us in the mouth. But we recovered and handled the pressure well."
Wilson Central cut the margin to two points at 34-32 on a Sydnee Richetto 10-footer with 3:22 left in the third, but Lebanon opened the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run including a pair of free throws by Allissa Mulaski, and back-to-back buckets by Jakeshia James and Christaney Brookshire for a 40-31 Devilette lead.
Addie Grace Porter paced Lebanon with 16 points and five assists while Mulaski drained three 3-pointers and finished with 13. Lindsey Freeman notched 10 points, James 7, Brookshire 2 and Rebecca Brown 1.
Porter finished the game 7-of-8 at the free throw line and only turned the ball over once.
"I think Addie and I are on the same page. She knows what I want out there and she tells me what she's seeing. We ran our offense and took good shots," Barrett said.
As a team, LHS connected on 12-of-25 from the field (48 percent) and 15-of-18 from the line (83 percent).
Sydnee Richetto led Wilson Central with 18 points, Aubree Starnes hit three 3-pointers on the way to 11. Sydney Dalton, Jasmine Angel and Nicole Brill had 4 points apiece. Angel cleaned the board for 11 rebounds.
The Lady Wildcats hit on 16-of-45 shots from the field (35 percent) and 2-of-5 from the line (40 percent).
With the win, Lebanon improved to 16-8 on the season and 7-3 in District 9-AAA headed into a Tuesday, Jan. 29 game at Station Camp.
Wilson Central slipped to 13-8 overall and 4-6 in the district with a Tuesday game at Gallatin High.
(boys) Lebanon 80, Wilson Central 56
GLADEVILLE -- Lebanon's offensive firepower proved to be too much for Wilson Central Friday night as the Blue Devils scored an 80-56 win over their District 9-AAA rivals.
The victory marked the eighth in a row for Coach Jim McDowell's outfit -- now 17-6 overall and 8-2 in the district.
"Once we started moving the ball against their zone, we kind of settled in," McDowell said. "We did a good job of working for open looks and our guys knocked 'em down."
Lebanon scorched the nets for 16 3-pointers, including a three-quarter court bomb by Jeremiah Hastings to end the first quarter -- giving his team a 21-17 lead.
"We didn't come in planning to take that many three's," McDowell said, "but Central was really packing their 2-3 in tight."
Kobe Tibbs, a transfer from Wilson Central, swished five 3-pointers and led LHS with 21 points.
Hastings added four 3-pointers and 15 points while Polo Phillips had three 3-pointers and 15. Malcolm Logue added 13 points, Zion Logue 5, Evan Britt 3 while Jackson Stafford, Kameron Davis, David Greene and Jamar Kynard each had 2.
Daniel Jackson had 18 points to lead Wilson Central while Azel Eddings added 14 and Tyler hayes 10.
Caleb Lawrence and Caleb Beck each had 5 points; Josh Gibson and Adler Kerr each had 2.
Wilson Central (11-13 / 3-7) will be on the road at Gallatin Tuesday, Jan. 29 while Lebanon plays at Station Camp.
(girls) Mt. Juliet 57, Portland 15
MT. JULIET -- Opening the game on an 18-4 run, Mt. Juliet's Lady Bears crushed District 9-AAA Portland 57-15 Friday.
Now 19-3 on the season adn 9-1 in the district, Mt. Juliet led 24-9 at intermission and 47-11 headed into the final eight minutes of play.
Junior post Emma Palmer led Mt. Juliet with 18 points while Tondriannha Davis added 16.
Ninth grader Reghan Grimes scored 13, Ryleigh Osborne had 6, Halle Jones and Nevaeh Majors each had 2 points.
As a team, Mt. Juliet connected on 22-of-45 shots from the field (49 percent) and 7-of-8 at the line (87 percent).
Mackenzie Hodges had 6 points to lead Portland (4-18 overall / 0-10 district).
Winners of six in a row, Mt. Juliet will host district-leading Beech High School Tuesday, Jan. 29.
(boys) Mt. Juliet 80, Portland 46
MT. JULIET -- Junior Gage Wells finished with 18 points to pace five Mt. Juliet players in double figures in Friday's lopsided 80-46 victory over Portland.
The Golden Bears sprinted to a 22-8 first quarter lead and pushed the margin to 37-20 at intermission.
Wells swished home three 3-pointers as Coach Troy Allen's team moved to 20-2 overall and 9-1 in District 9-AAA.
Will Pruitt added 16 points, Ryan McIntosh had 14 (including 4-of-4 on 3-pointers), Gavin Wilson 11 and Bryan Aiken 10. Riggs Abner and J.C. Crawford each had 4, Jacob Burge 2 and Reggie Grimes 1.
Portland slumped to 4-18 overall and 0-10 in the district with a Jan. 29 home game versus Hendersonville next up.
Mt. Juliet is scheduled to host Beech High Tuesday night.