CHAPEL HILL — Watertown’s girls overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to overtake Marshall County 63-53 in the Forrest Thanksgiving Classic on Wednesday afternoon.
Marshall County led 15-10 following the first quarter and 32-23 at halftime before Watertown rallied to a 44-43 edge going into the fourth period of the battle of the Tigers.
“Traditionally, they are a good basketball program,” Watertown coach Lane Price said after his Tigerettes, coming off a home loss to Smith County last Saturday night, improved to 4-1. “They’re still athletic and aggressive.
“We got our act together in the second half. We adjusted our defensive pressure and made some shots. We made all five of our three-pointers in the second half.”
Shelby Mofield sank four of the Tigerette triples in leading Watertown with 14 points while Bobby Staats tossed in 12 from inside and guard Alicia Jennings added 11, including the fifth three. Katie Dalton and Dae Dae Nunley each added eight, Bay Cole six and Jasmin High four.
Point guard Kiya Morris knocked down 19 points, including a pair of threes, for Marshall County.
Watertown will return today for a 1 p.m. game against Giles County. The Purple Tigers will take the floor at 4 to take on Community in boys’ action.
In other holiday action, Lebanon’s Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court will be the site of two days of basketball action involving all three of Wilson County’s Class AAA schools.
Wilson Central’s girls will tip off the action with their season opener at noon today against Stewarts Creek, followed by Mt. Juliet’s girls against Columbia at 1:30 p.m. White County’s girls will take on Martin Luther King at 3 before White’s boys face Livingston Academy at 4:30.
Lebanon will take the floor for a double header starting with the girls against Maplewood at 6. The Blue Devils will cap Black Friday with a 7:30 p.m. tip against Riverdale.
Wilson Central’s boys will also play their delayed season opener at 1 p.m. today against Tyner at Siegel. Mt. Juliet’s boys will play two games today in a tournament at LaVergne – at 9 a.m. against Riverdale and at 4:15 p.m. [with a loss] or 5:45 [with a victory] against either Columbia or LaVergne.