HENDERSONVILLE - The monkey is off their back.
The Lady Commandos secured their first District 9-AAA victory of the season Tuesday night at home against visiting Portland High School, 40-32.
The first and third quarters were the bread and butter for Hendersonville as the Lady Commandos outscored their counterparts 25-10 in those quarters before holding on for the victory.
“It’s nice to celebrate,” Hendersonville head coach John Filson said. “I thought we defended well and rebounded well all night and that was the difference in the game; along with free throws. We executed well that last minute to help extend the game to three possessions.”
Despite 15 turnovers, Hendersonville won the battle in the paint outscoring the Lady Panthers 18-12 around the rim.
Defensively Hendersonville limited Portland to without a basket for nearly six minutes.
"We didn't have any girls shoot the basketball from Friday until tonight," Portland head coach Scott Steinbrecher said. "If you don't work on shooting you will not be able to shoot. We were not focused yesterday, we didn't have a good walk-through today, so you saw we weren't focused. We can't turn the light switch on like that.
"Who is working to score that all important bucket," he continued. "It didn't happen tonight. Someone needs to step up."
Leading by just one at the break, 18-17, Hendersonville outscored Portland 13-5 in the quarter for the nine point lead.
“We were good on that end of the floor (defensively),” Filson added. “We encouraged them to attack their defense to start the third quarter and they did a good job of executing that.”
After cutting the Hendersonville lead to just two, Portland couldn’t find the bottom of the basket for the final 1:53 as the Lady Commandos sank clutch free throws to seal the win.
Hendersonville will travel to Mt. Juliet on Feb. 7 then Gallatin on Feb. 11 before retuning home for senior night on Feb. 14 against Beech.
Portland will play at Beech, host Wilson Central and Lebanon in that span.
Girls Box Score
Hendersonville (40): Janaeya Mayes 11, Jeryn Jarrett 9, Brette Taylor 7, Hailey Sebring 5, Delaney Niemiec 4, Alex Marshaleck 3, Annie Hines 1.
Portland (32): Abbie Tomlinson 11, Rayleigh Hester 6, Abi Tomerson 4, Daley McCloud 4, Katie McCloud 3, Lillie Whitehead 2, Sami Parker 2.