Sloan leads Lebanon past Lady Bison
Andy Reed firstname.lastname@example.org and Caitlin Rickard email@example.com
Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 11:04 PM
Station Camp had no answer for Madison Sloan as the Lebanon senior attacked the basket for 25 points in the Devilettes’ 62-44 victory Tuesday night at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Sloan’s inside basket broke an 8-8 tie and Lebanon never trailed again. Her steal and basket, which immediately followed a swipe and score by Jameka Dowell, but the Devilettes in control 14-8.
After Station Camp climbed to within 14-13, Sloan scored on a fadeaway putback and a drive down the lane to cap her 13-point first-quarter, putting Lebanon in control to stay as the Devilettes moved to 10-11 for the season and 5-6 in District 9-AAA.
“Madison did what she’s really good at and took the ball to the hole,” Lebanon coach Courtney McFarland said. “I’m proud of her for the way she finished.”
Guard Morgan Bruce took over in the second quarter with seven of her 14 points, including one of her two three-pointers. She closed the first half with a lane jumper off an Ireland Elie steal and a putback at the buzzer for a 35-26 lead.
“She got a couple of backside rebounds and hit some threes early,” McFarland said of Bruce. “She’s just been putting the ball in the hole well for us right now.”
Sloan scored nine points in the third quarter which ended 46-30 before Elie scored six in the fourth.
That multiple production enabled Lebanon to withstand the 21 points from center Kendrea Duke. Alli Fulcher had some early outside baskets and Maggie Green late, but otherwise, Station Camp had little else besides Duke to rely on as the Lady Bison fell to 11-12, 3-8.
“[Duke] is very skilled and she’s gotten a lot better,” McFarland said. “Ireland Elie came in and did a phenomenal job on her and I’m just proud of the way Ireland has progressed for us. She helped to be the difference in the game.”
Elie finished with six points while Dowell [six rebounds and five assists] and Kristen Dedman dropped in three and Taylor Lebo, Jordyne Denney, Madison Keil, Kendra Brown and Kelsey Yarbrough two each as the Devilettes won their third straight going into Friday’s 6:30 p.m. game at home against Gallatin, a team which lost to LHS on the Lady Wave’s home court last Saturday.
“We are playing pretty well right now and all we can do is try to keep it up,” McFarland said. “I don’t know exactly what it is, but whatever it is, we got to keep doing it, especially at this time of the season.”
Lady Wildcats bounce back to pull away from Gallatin
GLADEVILLE — Wilson Central’s girls bounced back from Monday’s shellacking at Hendersonville to beat visiting Gallatin 44-35 Tuesday night.
After the Lady Wildcats, coming off a 56-36 setback 24 hours earlier, got off to a 15-5 start, Gallatin, which knocked off Central on the Lady Wave’s floor earlier in the season, used a 14-3 second quarter to take a 19-18 halftime edge.
Central sneaked back in front 30-29 going into the fourth before closing with a 14-6 period as the Lady Wildcats climbed to 14-9 for the season and 6-5 in District 9-AAA.
Addison Byrd led the Lady Wildcats with 14 points while Kendall Spray scored 10. Dominique St. Louis dropped in nine points while Piper Elrod sank a pair of three-pointers for her six. Kayla Jackson hit a three and Hailey Averitt two.
Aleria Duncan threw in 13 points and Keanna Briscoe 10 for Gallatin.
Central will travel to Station Camp on Friday for a 6:30 p.m. game.
Jackson County outlasts Watertown girls
WATERTOWN — Watertown’s varsity girls were knocked off by defending state champion Jackson County Tuesday night 55-45.
The Tigerettes kept the game close in the first quarter, with both teams tied up 14-14, and had the upper hand going into halftime, leading the Lady Blue Devils 25-21.
But the home team fell behind after halftime and were outscored 22-9 in the third quarter alone, giving the Lady Blue Devils a 43-34 lead going into the final quarter.
Though the scoring remained close, the Lady Purple Tigers couldn’t make up the deficit they fell behind in the third quarter and walked away with the 55-45 loss.
The leading scorers for the Lady Blue Devils were Kentucky-signee Jaycee Cole with 25 points and Kassidy Allen with 20.
Alicia Jennings led the scoring effort for the Tigerettes with 15 points and was followed by Katie Dalton with eight points and Shelby Mofield with six.
Bobbi Staats also added five points, Dae Dae Nunnley added four points, Jenna Haun added three points and Bay Cole and Jasmine High both contributed two points.
Watertown will play host to District 8-A rival Goodpasture at 6 p.m. Friday.
Lady Bears blow past Beech
HENDERSONVILLE — The Mt. Juliet varsity girls went on the road Tuesday night and put a 62-41 pounding on Beech.
Though the Lady Bears kept the game close early on, finishing the first quarter up 12-11, they kicked it into gear and left the opposing Lady Buccaneers in the dust.
Going into halftime the Lady Bears led by seven, 29-23, and outscored the Lady Buccaneers 13-7 in the third quarter to put their lead at 42-30.
The Lady Bears then almost doubled the Lady Bucs scoring in the fourth quarter, posting 20 points to their 11.
Several players for the Lady Bears posted double digit numbers, including leading scorer Sally McCabe with 13 points, twins Raeyana and Ronjanae DeGray with 12 points each and Ashley Roby 10 as Mt. Juliet improved to 19-1 for the season and 11-0 in District 9-AAA.
Savannah Sanders and Tyia Waller both contributed six points and Skye Riggan added three points.
The leading scorer for the Lady Bucs was Falon Baker with 18 points.
Mt. Juliet will play host to Hendersonville at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Staff Writer Caitlin Rickard contributed to this story. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org