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Bad third quarter derails Devils

Andy Reed • Dec 15, 2015 at 1:45 PM

From staff reports

Lebanon's good second quarter was undone by a nightmarish third as District 9-AAA-leading Hendersonville dealt the host Blue Devils a 65-54 loss Tuesday night at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.

A 16-9 second period turned a 19-17 Hendersonville lead into a 33-28 Lebanon advantage at halftime. But the Commandos used an 18-5 third to storm to a 46-38 lead as the visitors moved to 7-1 in the district and 14-3 overall.

"First half, we did a better job of crashing the boards and getting second shots," Lebanon coach Jim McDowell said after his Blue Devils, who handed the Commandos their district loss last month in Hendersonville, dropped to 8-13, 4-5. "We weren't able to finish in the third quarter. We've got to have some guys step up in those situations and want the basketball, and I got to do a better job in putting our guys in better positions to score."

David Sheehan had 23 points for Hendersonville while John Davis and Tre Wallace each added 11.

Jemel Officer fired in four three-pointers in leading Lebanon with 12 points while Eddie McDaniels and DaShawn McMurray each dropped in nine, Zach Santana eight, Zimmer Hunn and Yalen Reed six apiece and KeShawn Abston and Julian Crutchfield two each.

Lebanon will travel down to Wilson Central on Friday night.

Central snaps slide in big way

HENDERSONVILLE — It was a new week for Wilson Central as the Wildcats shook off last week's two losses and blasted host Beech 81-32 Tuesday night.

The Wildcats led 19-9 following the first quarter, 45-14 at halftime and 65-27 through three as Central moved to 16-6 for the season and 6-3 in District 9-AAA.

"We played better," Wildcat coach Troy Bond said. "It was good to have [point guard] Jon [Rosshirt] back [after missing last week's losses to Mt. Juliet and Hendersonville with a sprained ankle].

"We played really well defensively, created some turnovers that led to easy transition baskets. And we shot really well."

Jacob Williams fired in four of Central's 11 three-pointers in pacing the Wildcats with 27 points while fellow guard Blake Huffman had 10. A.J. Franklin threw in three triples as he and Preston Reed each knocked down nine points while Matthew Hall scored six, Cassey Brandon five, Ben Palmer four; Rosshirt, Jamie Hinchman and Deante Miller three apiece and Ben Locke two.

No one scored in double figures for the Buccaneers, whose leading scorer, Sam Landrith, was held to six points.

Central will play host to Lebanon on Friday night.

Purple Tigers roar past Red Boiling Springs

WATERTOWN — No. 5 Watertown bounced back from Monday's road loss to Eagleville by routing Red Boiling Springs 72-26 Tuesday night.

The Purple Tigers roared to a 17-7 first-quarter lead and put the game on ice 48-15 by halftime as they improved to 17-3 for the season and 5-0 in District 8-A.

It was so lopsided so quickly, Coach Matt Bradshaw played his roster and got scoring from 13 Tigers. Thus, only point guard Macieo Gaines reached double figures with 13 points to go with six rebounds and four steals.

Ty Jobe notched nine points while Zach Edwards, NIck Sackman and Ben Bain each supplied six; Nolan Allison [four assists], Josiah Smith [three assists and three steals] and Dylan Speck five apiece; Brant Martin, Hunter Warren and Brandon George four each; Ethan Moss [two blocked shots] three and Jake Belcher two as the Tigers shot almost 58 percent from the floor.

Watertown will step out of district on Friday as Van Buren County comes to town.

Friendship falls short 63-60 at Gordonsville

GORDONSVILLE — Friendship Christian's struggles continued Tuesday night as the Commanders stayed close to Gordonsville but fell 63-60 in District 8-A action.

The Commanders were coming off back-to-back 20-point losses [79-59 at Lancaster Christian on Saturday and 53-33 at home to Westmoreland on Monday].

But the defending state champions were within 16-12 of Gordonsville in the first quarter, 33-28 at halftime and 45-41 going into the fourth. Anthony Williams' three-pointer from the top of the key brought Friendship to within 61-60 with 30 seconds left. But the Tigers got a breakaway layup as they improved to 7-11 for the season and 3-2 in the district.

"We played well tonight," Commander coach Cleve Harris said after Friendship fell to 4-11, 1-3. "We had some crucial turnovers that kept us back."

Colt Nokes knocked down 21 points and Hunter Woodard 19 as each tossed in two three-pointers for Gordonsville.

Williams hit two triples as he and Allen Heaston, the only player who was in the regular rotation during last year's title run, scored 16 points apiece for Friendship while point guard Zac Anderson, who was battling cancer a year ago, also zipped in a pair of threes en route to 15. Andrew Wood finished with five points, A.J. Long [who injured his ankle early in the third quarter] four and Colton Gaines and Cody Walker two apiece.

Friendship will remain in district action Friday when the Commanders travel to Trousdale County.

Bears lose at Gallatin

GALLATIN  — Gallatin grounded out a 42-34 District 9-AAA win over Mt. Juliet on Tuesday night.

The Green Wave led 7-5 following the first quarter, 17-16 at halftime and 25-20 through three as the Golden Bears fell to 10-10 for the season and 5-4 in the district.

Devonte Williams' 14 points led Gallatin.

Reagan Johnson led Mt. Juliet with 10 points while Thomas Sharpe scored nine, Nolan Chowbay six, James Womack four, John Mark Bell three and Austin Brown two.

Mt. Juliet will return home for a Friday-night date with Portland.

Big even quarters lift Trousdale past MJCA

MT. JULIET — Trousdale County enjoyed a big second and fourth quarter Tuesday night to pull away from Mt. Juliet Christian 53-37 Tuesday night.

The Yellow Jackets used a 19-9 second to snap a 9-9 tie and lead 28-18 at halftime. After Mt. Juliet Christian used a 15-10 third to cut the margin to 38-33, Trousdale County closed the game with a 15-4 fourth as the Saints slipped to 6-12 for the season.

Christian Lauderdale dropped in four three-pointers in leading Trousdale County with 22 points while Dylan Hurst had 14.

Trevor West's 11 points paced Mt. Juliet Christian while Brandon Wall added eight, Jackson Harrell and Zack Jones seven each and Brant Lamberth and Alex Graves two apiece.

Mt. Juliet Christian will play host to King's Academy while Trousdale goes home to entertain Friendship Christian on Friday.

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