GORDONSVILLE — Cold shooting and foul shooting hindered Friendship Christian’s girls in a 43-36 TSSAA Hall of Champions loss to Gordonsville on Thursday night.
Afterward, Gordonsville’s boys rolled past short-handed Friendship 73-46, spoiling Ben Johnson’s debut as Commander coach.
Lady Commander coach Deanna Teeter has just seven girls this season, including eighth-grade twins Ashlyn and Haley Pittman.
But the Lady Commanders played their old District 6-A/8-A rivals tough, trailing 9-7 following the first quarter, 23-16 at halftime and 30-22 going into the fourth.
“We actually played really well,” said Teeter, whose team, like all FCS teams have moved to Division II this season. “We got in foul trouble early. The officials called the game tight.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well, especially free throws. We shot free throws terrible.”
Hailey Crawford finished with 14 points and Charli Vaden 12 for Gordonsville.
Ashlyn Pittman led the Lady Commanders with 13 points in her varsity debut. Junior Abbey Hinton, who transferred to FCS from a school in Kentucky, fell into early foul trouble but still notched nine points despite very limited minutes. Taylor Patterson and Haley Pittman each finished with four and Rachel Jones and Rebecca Pettross three apiece.
Gordonsville’s boys led 17-12 following the first quarter, 36-18 at halftime and 57-33 going into the fourth as the Commanders were playing shorthanded by 8-10 players still out for football.
Hunter Woodard’s 20 points, including a pair of three-pointers, paced four Tigers in double figures. Colt Nokes scored 17, Austin Vaden 13 and D.J. Williams 10.
Adam Neal nailed a pair of threes in leading Friendship with 24 points. Mackey Bentley scored six points, Zac Blair five, Joseph McNamee and Dylan McGragor three apiece, Tyler Alverson and Luke Johnson two each and Mitchell Cross a free throw.
Johnson had one senior, four sophomores and four freshmen at his disposal.
Friendship is scheduled to play host to Centennial next Friday at the Bay Family Sportsplex. But if the FCS football team wins its playoff game tonight at St. George’s, the basketball double header will be canceled or rescheduled.
Lady Bears pull away from Oakland in opener
MURFREESBORO — After a slow start, Mt. Juliet’s girls pulled away in the second half to a season-opening 42-30 victory at Oakland in a TSSAA Hall of Champions game at Randy King Gym on Thursday night.
The Lady Patriots bolted to an 8-0 lead.
“I didn’t know if we were going to score,” said Mt. Juliet coach Chris Fryer, who saw his Lady Bears close to within 8-5 at the first quarter break, take a 17-15 halftime edge and open a 31-18 margin going into the fourth.
A day after signing with Belmont, center Sally McCabe led the Lady Bears with 16 points and 15 rebounds. The 6-foot-3 senior even stepped out and hit a three-pointer. She also held Oakland’s 6-2 sophomore Shelby Gibson, who played for West Wilson Middle School, to three points.
Junior forward Ronjanae DeGray, who ended last season with a torn ACL in the Region 5-AAA final, returned with 11 points while her twin Raeyana added eight. Ashley Roby finished with five points and Tyia Waller two.
Mt. Juliet will return to Murfreesboro on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. tipoff at nearby Siegel.
FCS transfer lifts MJ boys with late free throws
MURFREESBORO — Mt. Juliet’s boys blunted an Oakland comeback when guard Zac Anderson, a junior transfer from Friendship Christian, sank two tiebreaking free throws with 2.8 seconds left to lift the Golden Bears to a 55-53 win at Oakland’s Randy King Gym in a TSSAA Hall of Champions game Thursday night.
The Bears bolted to a 16-4 first-quarter lead and were up 25-17 at halftime and 37-28 going into the fourth.
Daniel Schroder scored 15 points for Mt. Juliet. John Mark Bell threw in three 3-pointers as he and Reagan Johnson each tossed in 10. Nolan Chowbay, back from a broken collarbone sustained in football in early September, notched nine, Anderson seven and James Womack four.
Ryan Givens led four Patriots in double figures with 12 points. Ricky Dunnaway dropped in 11 and Devin Epps and Dalton Smith 10 each.
Mt. Juliet will return to Murfreesboro on Tuesday to take on neighboring Siegel.
Cold-shooting McClain drops home opener
McClain Christian’s boys dropped a 60-25 decision to South Haven in the Bulldogs’ home opener Thursday night at Immanuel Baptist Church.
MCA shot just 19 percent [9-of-47] from the floor as the Bulldogs dropped to 0-2. They lost at Red Boiling Springs 84-47 Tuesday in a TSSAA Hall of Champions game.
Jon Whitener’s nine points and Eli Shouse’s five led the Bulldogs, who will travel to Hermitage to take on the Middle Tennessee Heat homeschool team at 7 p.m. tonight.