Wildcats return to region final
Dec 17, 2015 at 6:02 PM
CLARKSVILLE — Wilson Central’s boys returned to the District 5-AAA final - and the sectional – by gritting out a 46-38 win over Station Camp on Tuesday night at Rossview.
The regular-season District 9-AAA champion Wildcats made their decisive move in the third quarter with a 13-5 period which turned a 19-18 edge into a 32-23 margin over the tournament champs as Central moved into its third straight region final and sixth in school history.
“We played with a lot of pride,” Wildcats coach Troy Bond said after his team punched its ticket into Thursday’s 7 p.m. final against Kenwood with a 24-6 record. “We played Wilson Central basketball – gritty and tough.
“Our kids willed it in. They didn’t want it to end.”
Jacob Williams took down 10 rebounds and Ben Palmer six as both tossed in 12 points while Deante Miller managed 10 Matthew Hall had seven points, Jon Rosshirt three and Preston Reed two.
Central forced 13 steals while committing just seven turnovers.
“We were changing our defenses between our zone and our trap,” Bond said. “We got them kind of stagnant.
“Offense, we played okay. Defense…we did a better job of keeping them in front than we did in any of our games… We did a good job of making them think. We controlled the tempo and wore them down.”
The Wildcats are seeking their third region championship, and first since 2005. Thursday’s winner will host a sectional game at 7 p.m. Monday while the loser goes on the road.
Station Camp’s season ended at 24-9.
Knights knock Golden Bears out in semifinals
CLARKSVILLE — The even quarters were unkind to Mt. Juliet’s boys as Kenwood rode the Golden Bears out of the Region 5-AAA tournament semifinals 60-38 Tuesday night at Rossview.
Following a 12-12 first quarter, Kenwood enjoyed a 14-4 second to go up 26-16 at halftime. After the Knights added a point to their lead in the third, they put the Bears away with a 19-8 fourth as they advanced to Thursday’s final against Wilson Central with a 26-5 record.
Jimaorio Rivers racked up 25 points, including a pair of three-pointers, for Kenwood while Daniel Norl notched 16.
Reagan Johnson swished a pair of three-pointers in leading Mt. Juliet with 18 points. John Mark Bell and Daniel Schroder each added eight and James Womack four as the Golden Bears, without Nolan Chowbay [who was sitting on the bench in street clothes], ended an 18-13 season.
Though Mt. Juliet’s boys are finished for the year, the girls will be back tonight for a 7 p.m. final against host Rossview. The Lady Bears are 27-1 while the Lady Hawks are 26-2. Tonight’s winner will play at home at 7 p.m. Saturday while the loser goes on the road against either Franklin [19-10] or Overton [26-4], who are playing for the District 10 title tonight.