Devilettes dominate Maplewood for first win

Spray’s 26 lifts Lady Wildcats to opening win Inside game powers Lady Bears past Columbia Bad third quarter costs Tigerettes
Nov 29, 2013
Lebanon’s Kelsey Yarbrough [33] and Abby Wright [40] eye the loose ball off Maplewood’s Jasmine Watts during the first quarter.



In addition to merchants selling potential Christmas gifts, Black Friday was also good to Lebanon’s girls as they picked up their first win of the season 76-37 over Maplewood in the Modern Woodmen Thanksgiving Classic at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.

The Devilettes led 17-10 at the end of a back-and-forth first quarter and dominated the rest of the way, including a 32-20 halftime lead and 51-24 going into the fourth as they improved to 1-2.

“It was so nice to get our first win,” Lebanon coach Courtney McFarlin said. “The last two games we’ve been very passive coming out the first two quarters and having to fight in the second half for our lives. We’ve done a good job of fighting back, we just could never finish it off.

“Tonight, we came out and played in the first has as hard as we could and that helped us to set the tone and the pace.”

Abby Wright racked up 10 of her 21 points in the second quarter for Lebanon while Kelsey Yarbrough tossed in 12 and Madison Sloan 10. Bailey Sells added all eight of her tallies in the fourth quarter while Morgan Bruce scored six, Abby Dillard and Jordyne Denney five each, Kristen Dedman a three-pointer and Jameka Dowell, Madison Keil and Ireland Elie two apiece.

“Abby’s done a good job scoring for us and leading this team,” McFarlin said. “Tonight was not any different. She missed her first couple of shots. We told her to calm down and they would start falling, and they did.”

Yarbrough and Wright each had a double-double as Yarbrough took down 11 rebounds and Wright 10. Sloan secured eight caroms and five steals while Dedman delivered five assists.

Destiny Hayes hit five three-pointers in leading the Lady Panthers with 18 points. She had three treys and 10 points in the second quarter.

Lebanon will wrap up the Classic at 6 p.m. tonight against Martin Luther King. Maplewood will take on Wilson Central at 4:30.

[MLK] beat White County by two [earlier Friday], who beat us last week,” McFarlin said. “We’re going to have to bring our A game and play like we did tonight to get a victory tomorrow.”

Spray’s 26 lifts Lady Wildcats to opening win

Playing its season opener, Wilson Central overcame a slow start to overtake Stewarts Creek 61-51 in the Modern Woodmen Thanksgiving Classic at Lebanon’s Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.

The first-year Lady Rebels led 23-15 following the first quarter before Central surged in front 37-30 by halftime and 48-39 through three periods.

Kendall Spray had the hot hand for Central with 26 points, including six three-pointers, three of which came in the second quarter. Center Dominique St. Louis finished with 14 points. Rachel Burkett sank a pair of threes as she and Addison Byrd each dropped in six points while Kayla Jackson finished with four.

Brianah Ferby flung in a pair of threes in leading the Lady Rebels with 19 points.

Both teams will return today. Stewarts Creek will open with a noon game against Mt. Juliet while Central will wait until 4:30 to tip it off with Maplewood.

Inside game powers Lady Bears past Columbia

Mt. Juliet’s girls overcame Thanksgiving hangover enough to defeat Columbia 59-43 Friday in the Modern Woodman Classic at Lebanon’s Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.

Almost all of Mt. Juliet’s scoring production came from inside. Center Sally McCabe totaled 26 points. Forward Raeyana DeGray knocked down 19, including the Lady Bears’ only three-pointer, and twin sister Ronjanae DeGray 10. Karly Dyer and Tyia Waller each tossed in two.

“It was pretty sluggish, got pretty sloppy,” Mt. Juliet coach Chris Fryer said after his Lady Bears improved to 4-0.

The Lady Bears led 14-12 following the first quarter, 22-21 at halftime and 42-29 going into the fourth as they overcame 15 turnovers to Columbia’s 13.

Kelana Gilbert tossed in 26 points for the Lady Lions, who fell to 4-2.

While Mt. Juliet was productive inside, the Lady Bears bagged just 1 of 10 of their three-point shots.

“Ten percent isn’t going to cut it,” Fryer said. “We’re going to have to shoot it better.”

Mt. Juliet will be back today for a noon tip against Stewarts Creek before Columbia follows at 1:30 p.m. against White County.

Bad third quarter costs Tigerettes

CHAPEL HILL — Watertown’s girls won two quarters and tied another. But the third period was disastrous for the Tigerettes in a 58-49 loss to Giles County on Friday in the Forrest Thanksgiving Classic.

The Tigerettes led 15-11 following the first quarter and 28-24 at halftime before Giles took the third 17-1 to go up 41-29.

“We missed some easy shots and got in a hole,” Watertown coach Lane Price said of the third. “They got after us. They’re athletic and aggressive. Their pressure got to us in the third quarter.”

Aliyah Jennins scored 16 points from the post and Erin Freeman 14 from the backcourt for the Lady Bobcats.

Guard Alicia Jennings’ 16 points paced Tigerettes while center Bobbi Staats added 11. Dae Dae Nunley notched six points while Jenna Haun had five, Katie Dalton and Bay Cole four each, Jasmin High two and Mya Huddleston a free throw.

The scene will shift to Eagleville today as Watertown wraps up its part of the Classic with a 2:30 p.m. game against Columbia Academy.


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